Kelsey Plum Named to USA Basketball 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Team
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum was named to the USA Basketball 3x3 Qualifying Team today, and will participate in the 2020 FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament March 18-22 in Bengaluru, India. The the top three finishing teams will earn berths into the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Joining Plum will be Napheesa Collier (Minnesota Lynx), Stefanie Dolson (Chicago Sky), and Allisha Gray (Dallas Wings).
The rosters were selected by the USA Basketball 3x3 Selection Committees following Feb. 12-15 training camps in Chicago that featured 11 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 3x3 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 3x3 Olympic basketball competition in Tokyo."
The USA women earned their spot in the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament by virtue of their status on the FIBA 3x3 world rankings as of this past November.
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 3x3 competition.
The 2020 Olympics for the first time will feature the inclusion of 3x3 basketball with eight men's and eight women's teams competing for gold July 25-29 in Tokyo.
FIBA's top three ranked women's 3x3 nations as of November- Russia, China, Mongolia and Romania- earned Olympic bids by virtue of their top FIBA 3x3 world rankings.
Twenty men's and 20 women's teams will compete for three Olympic qualifying berths in the March 18-22 FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournaments. The USA women 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 3x3 spots will be awarded based on FIBA's universality clause, which is designed to offer an Olympic 3x3 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, 3x3 officially was unveiled in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and since has become a fan favorite at FIBA 3x3 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.
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Women's National Basketball Association Stories from February 17, 2020
- Kelsey Plum Named to USA Basketball 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Team - Las Vegas Aces
- Gray Named to Team USA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Team - Dallas Wings
- Chicago Sky Re-Sign Two-Time WNBA All-Star Center Stefanie Dolson - Chicago Sky
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