LAS VEGAS (April 30, 2019) – After impressive showings at the second annual Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship at Mall of America earlier this month, the MAC and Southland conferences will represent 3X3U at the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship this weekend in Las Vegas.
Not only will teams compete for a national championship this weekend, the event also will serve as the 2019 USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 National Team trials, as all eligible athletes will be in consideration for selection to the 2019 USA Men’s 3x3 World Cup and 2019 USA Men’s 2019 U.S. Pan American Games 3x3 Basketball Teams.
The MAC, represented by Central Michigan’s Larry Austin, Ball State’s Tayler Persons, Toledo’s Jaelan Sanford and Kent State’s Jaylin Walker, finished 5-2 in the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, finishing third. The team is comprised of seniors who each were named All-Conference performers, including Walker and Sanford as first-team selections, Austin as a second-team performer and Persons and a third-team choice.
The Southland, with a team of Stephen F. Austin’s Shannon Bogues, Sam Houston State’s Cameron Delaney, Southeastern Louisiana’s Moses Greenwood and Abilene Christian’s Jaren Lewis, advanced to the quarterfinals at 3X3U, buoyed by a victory over one of the tournament’s top teams, the ACC, in the Round of 16. Delaney was the conference Player of the Year, Greenwood was a first-team All-Conference selection, and Bogues and Lewis were second-team picks.
Players also competing in Las Vegas this weekend with ties to the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship include Olin Carter III and Frankie Ferrari, who were part of the 2019 team from the West Coast Conference, Josh Sharma (2019 Pac-12), Henry Caruso (2018 West Coast) and Leland King (2018 Big West). Meanwhile, Zahir Carrington, Damon Huffman, Kareem Maddox, Daniel Mavraides and Craig Moore, who have served as coaches at the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship each of the last two years, along with Robbie Hummel, who has served as color commentator at 3X3U the last two years, are also scheduled to compete this weekend. Huffman, Mavraides and Moore have teamed up to win the last two national championships, with Carrington joining the team in 2017 and Maddox being part of the championship squad in 2018.
The USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship, which is free and open to the public, will be held for the first time outdoors at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. The USA 3x3 Nationals will tipoff with preliminary games from 3-10:30 p.m. (all times listed are local, PT) on Friday and will continue from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday. The top four teams from each pool will advance to the knockout stage, which will begin Saturday at 5:40 p.m. The championship game, which will be streamed live online at usab.com/live, is set to tip at 10:20 p.m.
Held annually since 2012, this year marks the eighth edition of the USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship, and the first time the nationals will be held outside of Colorado Springs, Colo.
More information on the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 National Championship can be found HERE.
Pool Play Schedule (all times are PT):
Game 1: Friday, 4:40 p.m. vs. Ariel Slow & Steady
Game 2: Friday, 8:40 p.m. vs. 3Ball California
Game 3: Saturday, 9 a.m. vs. Quest
Game 4: Saturday, 11 a.m. vs. NYC
Game 1: Friday, 4:40 p.m. vs. Attack
Game 2: Friday, 8:40 p.m. vs. 3Ball Harlem
Game 3: Friday, 10 p.m. vs. WAC
Game 4: Saturday, 11:40 a.m. vs. Roots Academy
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Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA national teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored five-on-five and 3x3 international competitions, as well as for some national competitions and for the development of youth basketball. Connect with USA Basketball at USAB.com and on Facebook (USABasketball and USABYouth), Twitter (@usabasketball, @USABYouth, @USAB3x3, @USABJNT), Instagram (@USABasketball) and YouTube (therealusabasketball). USA Basketball has conducted 3x3 National Championships in the U18 and open divisions since 2012 and has seen incredible growth in the level of competition over that time. At the international level, USA Basketball has been represented by at least one national team in every FIBA 3x3 World Cup, FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup and Youth Olympic Games held since 2010.
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