USA Basketball Boys 3x3 Team To Train Against Hoop It Up Champs
Colorado Springs, Colo. • Aug. 31, 2011
USA Basketball’s recently announced boys and girls 3x3 Youth World Championship teams will begin preparations for the FIBA championship on Saturday, Sept. 3, at George Mason University. As part of both USA teams’ training, the USA squads will practice against the boys high school division winner from the Hoop It Up 3-on-3 tournament that was held Aug. 20-21 in Miami, Fla.
The USA 3x3 teams will train 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon and 4:00-6:00 p.m. (EDT) on Sept. 3-4, and 9:00-11:00 a.m. (EDT) on Sept. 5 before departing for Italy later that day. The FIBA 1st Invitational 3x3 Youth World Championship for boys and girls 18 years old and younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1993) is being held Sept. 9-11 in Rimini, Italy.
“A critical part of any team’s preparation is learning to play together and training against the champions from the Hoop It Up 3-on-3 boys high school division will afford our boys and girls teams a chance to scrimmage against experienced 3x3 players,” said USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley. “I want to thank Hoop It Up for assisting our teams in their preparations. We look to expand our working relationship with Hoop It Up for future involvement with USA teams and FIBA 3x3 events.”
Representing the Hoop It Up 3-on-3 high school division champion Miami Tropics team are Yunio Barrueta (Hialeah, Fla.); Gian Clavell (Hialeah, Fla.); Adrian Gonzalez (Hialeah, Fla.); Ray Rodriguez (Hialeah, Fla.); and Alvardo Simoza (Hialeah, Fla.). All five players attend Hialeah Gardens High School (Fla.).
Named to the USA boys 3x3 squad were four members of 2011-12 USA Basketball Developmental National Team: Shaqquan Aaron (Taft H.S./Apple Valley, Calif.), Rondaé Jefferson(Chester H.S./Chester, Pa.), Malik Price-Martin (Monsignor Edward Pace H.S./ Miami, Fla.), and Jordan Swopshire (SportsQuest Academy, Va./Ofallon, Mo.).
The 3x3 Youth World Championship boys competition will feature 36 teams that will be divided into four preliminary round groups consisting of nine teams each. The first four finishing teams from each group will advance to the eighth finals, with the winners advancing on to the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.
Boys teams expected to participate include Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Guam, India, Italy, Jordan, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Nepal, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, South Africa, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Serbia, Spain, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.
Under FIBA’s 3x3 rules, each game will consist of two 5:00 periods, with one 1:00 overtime period if needed. If the game is still tied after the first overtime, a second and final overtime is played and the first team to score two points wins. The team leading after completion of regular playing time, or the first team to score 21 points, will be declared the winner. Shots made outside the 3-point line are awarded two points, shots made inside the 3-point line are awarded one points, and each made free throw is worth one point. Additionally, a 12-second shot clock will be utilized.