Just the Facts: 2013 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship
OFFICIAL EVENT TITLE: 2013 FIBA 3x3U18 World Championship
OFFICIAL TEAM NAME: 2013 USA Basketball 3x3 U18 World Championship Team.
FIBA 3x3 RULES: 3x3 Rules of the Game
EVENT SITE: Jakarta, Indonesia
EVENT VENUE: TBA
OFFICIAL EVENT INTERNET SITE: fiba.com/3x3
COMPETITION DATES: Sept. 27-29, 2013
USA BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP DATES: Sept. 21-24, 2013
USA BASKETBALL TRAINING CAMP SITE: U.S. Olympic Training Center, Colorado Springs, Colo.
USA BASKETBALL 3X3 U18 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT: USA Basketball will again host a national tournament for 3x3 U18 athletes with the 2013 USA 3x3 U18 World Championship Team athletes being selected from participating teams. The 2013 USA Basketball U18 3x3 National Tournament will be held Aug. 9-11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
EVENT DESCRIPTION: The third annual FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship, which was billed as the 2011 FIBA 3x3 Youth World Championship in its inaugural year, is expected to feature 24 women's teams and 32 men's teams and the top teams will qualify for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. Athletes must be 18-years-old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1995) in order to compete. In addition to the 24-team women's tournament, included in the 3x3 U18 World Championship program for the weekend will be skills contests and a mixed-team tournament with two males and two females competing on one team for their country. In 2012 the 3x3 U18 skills competitions included a 3-point shootout (women only), a dunk contest (men only) and a “2 Ball” contest (mixed) in which each person from a team of two athletes shot from five different positions on the court in a 60-second span.
2013 TEAMS: Indonesia, USA and 22 additional four-member teams TBD.
EVENT HISTORY: 2013 marks the third edition for the annual event. Last summer the USA, comprised of Kaela Davis, Diamond DeShields, Erica McCall and Brianna Turner, posted a 7-1 record and earned the gold medal. At the inaugural event in 2011, Spain captured the gold medal, Italy finished with silver and Japan took the bronze medal. The 2011 U.S. team, featuring Davis, Rebecca Greenwell, Linnae Harper and Taya Reimer, finished with a 7-2 slate and in fourth place after having to forfeit the bronze medal match due to injuries after having only two healthy players available to start the game. FIBA, however, awarded the U.S. squad honorary bronze medals.