Damon Huffman Added to 2019 USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 World Cup Team
Damon Huffman (Brown/Petoskey, Mich.), who aided Ariel Slow & Steady to a gold medal finish at the 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals, has been added to the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 World Cup Team. Huffman replaces Briante Weber (Sioux Falls Skyforce/VCU/Norfolk, Va.), who has withdrawn, and joins previously announced team members Canyon Barry (Iowa Wolves/Florida/Colorado Springs, Colo.), Robbie Hummel (Purdue/Valparaiso, Ind.) and Kareem Maddox (Princeton/Los Angeles, Calif.).
This marks Huffman’s second USA 3x3 World Cup Team selection. He also competed in the 2017 FIBA 3x3 World Cup when the USA finished in seventh place with a 3-2 record. Huffman has now competed in four USA Basketball 3x3 National Championships. He helped Ariel to the top spot in 2017 and 2018 and to a fourth-place finish in 2015.
Huffman is currently ranked 23rd in FIBA 3x3 world rankings and first in the United States (as of 6/12/19), and played his first official FIBA 3x3-sanctioned tournament in 2013.
A four-year starter at Brown University, Huffman averaged 12.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists over his four-year (2004-05 through 2007-08) collegiate career. He was the 2006 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, earned All-Ivy League honorable mention in 2007 and was an All-Ivy League first team selection as a senior in 2008.
The USA team is competing in a tournament in Voiron, France, from June 13-15, prior to traveling to Amsterdam, where the foursome will chase an elusive first gold medal for the USA men at the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Cup, June 18-23.
In addition to host Netherlands and reigning champion Serbia, nations qualified to compete in the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Cup for Men are: Australia, Brazil, China, Estonia, France, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, Poland, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Slovenia, South Korea, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.
The USA will play two preliminary games on June 19 and two more June 21. The team opens against four-time defending champion Serbia (10:55 a.m. EDT) followed by Turkey (2:30 p.m. EDT). After a day of rest, the U.S. will face South Korea (10:55 a.m.) and close out preliminary play versus host Netherlands (1:30 p.m. EDT).
Following conclusion of pool play, teams will be seeded based on their records, and the top two teams from each of the four pools advance to the June 22 quarterfinals. Winners will advance to the June 23 semifinals, and the gold and bronze medal games will be played later that day.
Huffman was selected by the USA Basketball 3x3 National Team Selection Committee, which is comprised of USA Basketball Women’s National Team director Carol Callan, USA Basketball Youth & Sport Development director Jay Demings, USA Basketball Men’s National Team assistant director Samson Kayode, 2008 Olympic gold medalist and USA 3x3 team consultant Kara Lawson and 1997 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year Mo McHone, who has served on numerous USA Basketball coaching staffs from 1998-2018 and has coached in the NBA, NBA G League, Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and internationally in South Korea.
Olympic fans will see the launch of a new basketball discipline with the inclusion of 3x3 in 2020. The exciting and fast-paced game officially was unveiled in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and has since become a fan favorite at FIBA 3x3 World Cup events. Played on a half court with a 10-minute clock, and a 12-second shot clock, the first team to 21 points, or the team in the lead at the end of regulation, is the winner. The non-stop action of 3x3 will ensure it is one of the hottest tickets in Tokyo, and fans in Las Vegas will get an early taste of that excitement during the USA Basketball 3x3 Nationals.
About the FIBA 3x3 World Cup
The sixth FIBA 3x3 World Cup, an event launched in 2012 and originally scheduled to be held every other year, is now an annual event that will feature 20 men's teams and 20 women's teams in 2019. In addition to the men’s and women’s 3x3 tournaments, included in the 2019 3x3 World Cup program will be skills contests, giving athletes chances to win additional medals.
The USA men 3x3 teams have compiled a 16-9 overall record in four 3x3 World Cups and claimed the silver medal, its first podium finish, at the 2016 3x3 Worlds.