With the unbelievable growth in popularity of 3x3 basketball globally, what used to be a simple half-court pickup game is now an officially sanctioned Olympic event. And now anyone has the chance to play for the honor of representing the United States in international competition.In order to be eligible, athletes must participate in at least one FIBA-sanctioned 3x3 tournament in 2019 prior to participating in the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship that is scheduled to be held April 13-14 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The four-member team that will represent USA Basketball at the 3x3 U18 World Cup will be selected following the USA Basketball 3x3 U18 National Championship.
The FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup has been held on an annual basis since 2011, except the years of the Summer Youth Olympic Games (2010, 2014, 2018). Twenty men’s and 20 women’s teams are expected to compete in the 2019 event. In addition to the men’s and women’s 3x3 tournaments, included in the 2019 3x3 program will be skills contests, giving athletes chances to win additional medals. The 2019 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup will be held June 3-7 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Past USA 3x3 U18 players of note include: Janelle Bailey (2017), Napheesa Collier (2014), Kaela Davis (2011, 2012), Diamond DeShields (2012), Arike Ogunbowale (2013, 2014), Katie Lou Samuelson (2013, 2014), Kiah Stokes (2010) and Brianna Turner (2012, 2013).