The four-member rosters today were announced for the USA Basketball Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament Teams that will compete in the 2020 FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament March 18-22 in Bengaluru, India, where the top three finishing men’s and women’s teams will earn berths into the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Named to the USA women’s team were current WNBA players: Napheesa Collier (Minnesota Lynx/O’Fallon, Mo.), Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky/Port Jervis, N.Y.), Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings/Sandersville, Ga.) and Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas Aces/Poway, Calif.).
The rosters were selected by the USA Basketball 3×3 Selection Committees following Feb. 12-15 training camps in Chicago that featured 11 female and 16 male hopefuls.
“USA Basketball is grateful to all of the athletes who attended training camp and competed for a roster spot,” said Jay Demings, USA Basketball Youth & Sport Development director and member of the USA Basketball 3×3 Men’s and Women’s Selection Committees. “It was a very talented field for both the men and women, and the committees had a very difficult task in selecting these teams. In the end, we are confident in the abilities of the eight players and the strength of the teams overall. Now, it is on to the very important task of qualifying the USA for the 3×3 Olympic basketball competition in Tokyo.”
The USA women earned their spot in the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament by virtue of their status on the FIBA 3×3 world rankings as of this past November.
As per FIBA regulations, all teams taking part in the 2020 FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament must include on their rosters at least two athletes who are ranked among the federation’s top 10 FIBA 3×3 athletes.
On the women’s side Collier, Dolson and Plum also are members of the 2020 USA Basketball Women’s National Team and have won gold medals with USA Basketball.
Additionally, Collier won gold at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, which is a 3×3 competition.
The 2020 Olympics for the first time will feature the inclusion of 3×3 basketball with eight men’s and eight women’s teams competing for gold July 25-29 in Tokyo.
On the women’s side, Russia, China, Mongolia and Romania earned Olympic bids by virtue of their top FIBA 3×3 world rankings.
Twenty men’s and 20 women’s teams will compete for three Olympic qualifying berths in the March 18-22 FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.
The USA women at the FIBA 3×3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament will play in Group A with France, Germany, Uruguay and Indonesia. Group B includes Iran, Japan, Ukraine, Turkmenistan and Australia. Group C features Netherlands, Estonia, Belarus, Hungary and Sri Lanka. And, in Group D will be Italy, Taipei, Switzerland, Spain and host India.
The eighth and final Olympic 3×3 spots will be awarded based on FIBA’s universality clause, which is designed to offer an Olympic 3×3 berth to one country in the men’s and the women’s tournament who did not have a team at the 2012 or 2016 Olympic basketball tournaments. The FIBA Universality Qualifying Tournaments, which will be held in April 2020 in Budapest Hungary, will include six men’s and six women’s teams. The top men’s and women’s finishers will advance to the Olympics.
An exciting and fast-paced game, 3×3 officially was unveiled in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and since has become a fan favorite at FIBA 3×3 World Cup events. Played on a half court with a 10-minute clock, and a 12-second shot clock, the first team to 21 points, or the team in the lead at the end of regulation, is the winner.
The USA Basketball 3×3 Women’s Selection Committee includes: Demings, Carol Callan (USA Basketball Women’s National Team director) and Kareem Maddox.