Showstoppers and Princeton Prevail at Red Bull 3X Washington DC Local Qualifier
While 3x3 basketball just wrapped its debut on the biggest global stage of all where the USA women captured first place, USA Basketball and Red Bull continue to offer the best 3x3 players nationwide a chance to earn FIBA points on their own journey to greatness. Accumulating these points can help the best male and female players competing at Red Bull 3X local qualifiers a chance to be evaluated for further competitions.
Women's team Showstoppers and men's team Princeton showed out in the nation’s capital today, with both teams boasting stacked rosters with elite players from the D1, pro and international ranks.
In the women’s bracket, Showstoppers defeated Rain City Force 10, 12-10, in the Finals in a tightly contested match up. The squad was led by former WNBA player and Washington Mystics guard Jennie Simms.
It was Simms’s first time playing in the 3x3 format, and while the rules took some getting used to, she kept her game plan simple throughout the day.
“My strategy was to score," Simms said. "You score, you win.”
Nobody could stop Simms and her teammates, though the Showstoppers did have a tough path en route to their victory, having to defeat Primetime Development in the semifinals, who won last week at the Philadelphia 3X Qualifier and are led by former Penn State standout Dara Taylor.
On the men’s side, Princeton had to fend off a Cinderella story in the making, beating No. 16 seed T.S. Runners in the Finals, 21-12. Princeton was led by two of the best 3x3 players in the world, Robbie Hummel and Canyon Barry, who both represented the USA Basketball 3x3 Men’s National Team. The team was rounded out by Lehigh alum Gabe Knutson, and current player development coach for the NBA Champion Milwaukee Bucks, Schuyler Rimmer.
Hummel is a former NBA player with the Minnesota Timberwolves who since has taken up 3x3 to great success, including a 2019 Red Bull 3X National Championship, a FIBA World Cup title and being named the 2019 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. Hummel, who also won the Chicago 3X Qualifier, was happy to add another win to his resume today against tough competition.
“We improved every game, so that was great,” Hummel said. “This competition itself was great. Every team we played in the brackets was very good. It was a battle.”
3x3 is played on a half court with a 10-minute game clock and 12-second shot clock, where the winner is the first team to score 21 points or the team in the lead at the end of regulation. The bursts of action and short games leave little room for error, and teams that catch fire become hard to handle with all the court space 3x3 allows players.
With the DC Red Bull 3X qualifier down, the search continues to help identify players who could potentially represent USA Basketball 3x3 Men’s and Women’s National Teams in the future.
The winning teams at all of this season’s local qualifiers advance to the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Regionals in the fall, and potentially to the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals, which will help determine the talent pool used to select the USA 3x3 Men’s and Women’s National Teams.
Registration for every event remains open till tipoff for anyone who wants their shot at being the next 3x3 star.
RED BULL 3X (Washington DC)
MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
1. Team Princeton - Robbie Hummel, Canyon Barry, Gabe Knutson, Schuyler Rimmer
2. T S. Runners - Khalil Jabbie, Preston Ross, Marcus Brumsey, Donald Vaughn
WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET
1. Showstoppers - Jennie Simms, Kyah Proctor, Ije Ajemba, Dominique Powell
2. Rain City Force 10 - Chanise Jenkins, Camille Zimmerman, Japreece Jenkins, Keyona Hayes
For more information, please visit www.redbull.com/3X.