3X3 Men’s and Women’s Teams Punch Ticket to Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals
Hall of Famer and USA Basketball Legend Chris Mullin In Attendance as Search for 3x3 Olympic Hopefuls Continues
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At the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regionals today at Queens College in New York, top FIBA 3x3-ranked talent was on display as the hunt for elite 3x3 players to potentially represent USA Basketball at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo continues – should the country qualify.
“It’s great to see 3x3 is really picking up in popularity,” said two-time Olympic gold medalist Chris Mullin, who was on hand to witness the regional. “I think it’s just going to keep growing and growing and blossom into something great.”
On the men’s side, it was Team Princeton winning 20-15 over Hell’s Kitchen to take its second-straight regional event after a victory at last weekend’s Chicago stop. The team members, featuring three FIBA 3x3 World Cup gold medalists, proved their ball skills, going undefeated on the day.
All four semifinalists, which included Team Harlem and Carol Lives, qualified for the 2020 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals.
“We do a lot of traveling internationally for 3x3, and it’s really fun to travel domestically and see how the sport of 3x3 is growing in the U.S.,” said Princeton’s Craig Moore. “I went to one of the first Red Bull 3X Qualifiers in Brooklyn and since then have seen so many familiar faces and new people to the sport of 3x3.”
Five men’s players came into today’s regional action ranked in the top 10 of the FIBA rankings for U.S. 3x3 athletes, including fourth-ranked Antoinne Morgano of Harlem, fifth-ranked Damon Huffman of Princeton, seventh-ranked David Seagers of Harlem, eighth-ranked Moore, and ninth-ranked Kareem Maddox of Princeton. Another three players from the top 80 were also on display, including Princeton’s Canyon Barry.
“You saw such a high level of talent today on both the men’s and women’s side,” continued Mullin. “I talked to Canyon Barry and he said this is the opportunity to be able to play in the Olympics. He’s going to do everything it takes to get there.”
On the women’s side, Kansas State and Fordham won their respective pools to advance directly out of pool play and into the semifinals, which clinched a spot in the 2020 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals. Also earning berths to the 2020 3X Nationals were TA Nine and Fun Guy.
K-State captured the women’s championship with a 21-10 victory over Fordham in the final game.
“We were all excited to have this experience to travel to New York and play in the (Red Bull USA Basketball) 3X Regional. We didn’t know what to expect going into the tournament, we knew it wasn’t going to be other college teams, it could really be anyone and any style of play,” said Ayoka Lee of Kansas State. “We have been playing 3x3 a lot this summer and to be able to transfer what we have been practicing and apply to a competitive setting, and on top of that come away with a win, is just amazing”
“I loved the women’s team today from K-State they played such a high-level game, you could really see the Chemistry,” Mullin added. “It’s great to see college teams coming as a group.”
In all, 21 elite men’s and women’s teams based on points accumulated in the region, which was comprised of Red Bull 3X qualifier action in Brooklyn, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, North Carolina, made their way to this second stop of the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regionals today, along with six wildcard teams determined by USA Basketball. Teams earned a spot by placing in the top four of one of the Red Bull 3X qualifiers or by winning other tournaments.
The players are competing to accumulate enough individual FIBA points with the goal of moving on to the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals next spring where 24 men’s and 24 women’s teams will be on display. From that event, USA Basketball will select four players — not necessarily all from one championship team — for
the men’s and women’s teams that will play in Tokyo less than a year from now, should the USA qualify, as 3x3 makes its Olympic debut.
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- Kansas State: Jasauen Beard, Christianna Carr Ayoka Lee, Rachel Ranke
- Fordham: Bre Cavanaugh, Anna Dewolfe, Kaitlyn Downey, Megan Jonassen
MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
- Princeton: Canyon Barry, Damon Huffman, Kareem Maddox, Craig Moore
- Hell’s Kitchen: Nate Brown, Pawel Buczak, Ben Hazel, Gabe Knutson
Here is the upcoming schedule for the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regionals.
September 21 | Atlanta | Core4
September 29 | Los Angeles | Venice Beach
The 2020 Summer Olympics 3x3 competition will be played on a half court with a 10-minute game clock and 12-second shot clock, where the winner is the first team to 21 points or the team in the lead at the end of the 10-minute regulation.
For more information, visit RedBull.com/3X.