For Immediate Release
Team USA 3×3 Starts 2019 with win in Sao Paulo
Top-ranked American 3×3 squad begins quest for 2020 Tokyo Games
February 15, 2019, Sao Paulo, Brazil – With 3×3 basketball set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the top ranked US Team won its first major international tournament of 2019, organized by 3×3 of the Brazilian Basketball Confederation along with Esporte Multiplatforma, and before an estimated viewership of 9 million on TV Globo.
Princeton finished the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Tour ranked #6 globally, the only US team in the top-10 (out of 63 total). Joining the quartet that won in Brazil on the Princeton squad are fellow NCAA standouts, former NBA star Robbie Hummel (Purdue) and Kareem Maddox (Princeton).
Founded by the “Godfather” of US 3×3 hoops, philanthropist and businessman John Rogers, the Princeton 3×3 players, unlike most international teams, work day jobs during the week while traveling the globe on weekends to qualify to represent the United States in the 2020 Games.
Said Mavraides, “While 3×3 hoops (not to be confused with the BIG 3) is just coming of age in the US, internationally it draws millions of viewers with its fast-paced game. Our team continues to prove it is one of the most talented and hardest-working in the country, and it would be an honor and lifelong dream to be able to represent our nation on the global stage.”
Moore added, “It’s our only goal — to be Olympians. In working towards it, we hope to set a standard for the sport here at home, while establishing the US as a force around the world in 3×3 play.”