Former NBA player Robbie Hummel and WNBA stars lead U.S. Olympic 2020 qualifying teams in the new Olympic occasion of 3×3 basketball. The four-man and four-woman teams will contest in a global qualifier in India in March, each favored to hold one of three obtainable Olympic berths per sex for the U.S.
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Hummel, who unretired to become world champion in 3×3, is combined on the U.S. Olympic 2020 men’s qualifying team by Team Princeton colleagues Canyon Barry and Kareem Maddox, desirable Dominique Jones, who has played with Team Harlem. Team Princeton is directed by an asset firm CEO who once beat Michael Jordan one-on-one.
Last year, Hummel, Maddox, and Barry (one of Rick Barry‘s sons) were part of a team that won the world title. The U.S. women’s 3×3 succeeding roster is made up of WNBA stars Napheesa Collier, Stefanie Dolson, Alisha Gray, and Kelsey Plum. The U.S. highest-ranked 3×3 player, as of last month, is Oregon star Sabrina Ionesco, who can’t play globally this spring as she is in the thick of the NCAA season.
Olympic 2020 teams will not unavoidably be made up of players from the qualifying tournament. If the U.S. succeeds in Tokyo, it will then choose its roster(s) in a similar fashion to its old-style basketball teams through a selection committee. Its improbable active NBA players will be qualified.
Like with the qualifying tournament, two of the four Olympic 2020 players must be ranked in the highest 10 between Americans in FIBA 3×3 rankings (as of a May 22 cutoff). In 3×3, games last 10 minutes, or until one team spreads 21 points. Games are played on a half-court with a 12-second gunshot clock, and offense directly turns to protection after team scores.