Men’s and women’s champions were crowned at the USA Basketball 3x3 National Championships on Sunday in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Three-on-three basketball will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020. It has already been contested at the 2010 and 2014 Youth Olympic Games. The U.S. women won gold at the 2014 Games in Nanjing, China.
For the men, it was a familiar team that won and earned a spot in the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Mexico City event in September. Defending champions Ariel Slow & Steady went through the tournament undefeated, beating 3BALL Minnesota 21-14 in the championship game. Ariel Slow & Steady also won the 2014 national championship.
Ariel Slow & Steady consists of Damon Huffman, Kareem Maddox, Dan Mavraides and Craig Moore. 3BALL Minnesota’s roster is comprised of Joel Armstrong, Brensley Haywood, Joey King and Paris Kyles. Maddox was named the men’s tournament MVP.
On the women’s side, the Oregon Ducks trounced Bye Felicia 21-5 in the final. The Ducks were also undefeated in the tournament.
Erin Boley, Otiona Gildon, Ruthy Heberd and Sabrina Ionescu made up the Ducks’ roster. Ionescu was named the women’s tournament MVP. Boley was a member of the 2015 USA 3x3 under-18 world cup team, while Heberd and Ionescu have prior experience with USA Basketball playing in 5-on-5.
The U.S. will send men’s and women’s teams to the FIBA 3x3 World Cup in June in Manila, Philippines. The participants who will represent the U.S. are expected to be participants in this weekend’s tournaments.
Bye Felicia consisted of Danika Dale, Kristen McCarthy, Shaqwedia Wallace and Veshaundra Young.