32 teams of seniors representing every Division I conference will compete for $150,000 prize pool live on Twitter and ESPN2
College of Charleston's Jarrell Brantley (Columbia, S.C.) has been selected to participate in the 2019 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, scheduled for April 5-7 at Minnesota's Mall of America. Brantley is one of four playersselected from the Colonial Athletic Association.
The tournament is comprised of all-star teams of seniors, who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility, representing all 32 Division I conferences. The teams will compete for a $150,000 prizepool, with the champions taking home $100,000, double the prize money from a year ago. Additionally, the winners will earn the right to compete in the 2019 USA Basketball 3x3 Open National Championship later this spring.
Brantley closed out his four-year career at College of Charleston ranked third all-time in career scoring (1,914 points), fourth all-time in career rebounding (967), 10th all-time in career steals(150) and 11th all-time in career blocked shots (85). He became the fifth all-time player in program history next to Ken Gustafson (1971-75), Thaddeous Delaney (1994-97), Greg Mack (1981-85) and Sam Meade (1970-74) to record at least 1,500 points and 800 reboundsin a career.
A three-time All-CAA and NABC All-District 10 Team selection, Brantley made 120 career starts, 47 career dunks, recorded 36 career double-doubles and scored in double figures in 103-of-123 careergames played. He also registered 20+ points in 33 career games and was named to the 2019 CAA All-Tournament Team.
All games of the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will be carried live on Twitter or ESPN2. Pool play will begin at 3 p.m. ET on April 5, with 24 games streamed live exclusively on Twitter.Pool play will continue on April 6 at 9:30 a.m. ET with 24 more games streamed live exclusively on Twitter. Round of 16 and quarterfinal games will be streamed live exclusively on Twitter at 10:30 a.m. ET on April 7, with semifinal, consolation and championshipgames televised live on ESPN2 later that day at 3 p.m. ET. Returning to call all the action throughout the tournament will be the voice of FIBA 3x3 basketball, Kyle Montgomery, with Robbie Hummel of ESPN and Tate Frazier and Mark Titus of The Ringer's OneShining Podcast providing color commentary and sideline coverage.
"The attention from the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship last year has really elevated the anticipation for this year's event at Mall of America," said Drew Russell, executive vicepresident at Intersport, the Chicago-based agency which operates the event. "We are incredibly excited about the field of players that will be competing in the event and believe the talent that will be on display will create an unforgettable atmosphere foreveryone involved. Additionally, we're confident these players are going to enjoy a one of a kind experience that will help position them for the next steps in their basketball careers."
Each team roster will be comprised of four eligible seniors from the same Division I conference. Teams will be organized into eight pools of four and each team will be guaranteed three pool playgames, earning $1,000 for every victory on Friday and Saturday. The top two teams in each pool will move on to Sunday's knockout stage, where the stakes skyrocket. Only the teams competing in the tournament final will earn additional prize money, with thechampions winning $100,000.
The setting for the second annual Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will be unlike anything the 128 players have seen when they take to the half-court inside Mall of America, the most populartourist destination in Minnesota with more than 40 million visitors each year. The Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will be staged in the Rotunda at the Mall, which hosted the first WCW Monday Nitro in September 1995, and will be just the second live sportingevent to be broadcast in the Mall's history.
Bragging rights for the winners won't end in Minnesota; the 2019 champion will earn the right to represent the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship at the USA Basketball 3x3 Open National Championshiplater this spring. There, athletes will have the opportunity to be selected to represent the United States in the 2019 FIBA 3x3 World Cup, held June 18-23 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Participating athletes will also be considered for the USA Basketball 3x3athlete pool, which may lead to future opportunities in other FIBA 3x3 competitions. Of note, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will feature 3x3 basketball as a medal sport for the first time.
Admission to the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship is free and fans are encouraged to be part of the atmosphere during regular Mall of America operating hours (10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. CT on April5-6, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. CT on April 7).
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