Stanford, Tennessee set to compete at USA Basketball 3X Nationals

Aleah Goodman drives to the basket during the USA Basketball 3X Nationals in June 2021. (Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

The 2022 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals kicks off Friday, with 16 3×3 women’s teams vying for a national title.

The event will take place at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, and will feature some of the best 3×3 players in the country.

Stanford, Tennessee, Texas and UNC headline the squads competing in the tournament. Tamari Key, Kaiya Wynn, Sara Puckett and Jordan Walker represent the Lady Vols, while Francesca Belibi, Brooke Demetre, Kiki Irafen and Jzaniya Harriel taking the court for the Cardinal.

Other college teams competing include Iowa State and Kansas State. There also is a team of Athletes Unlimited athletes, as well as several independent teams. For example, Texafornia features Lauren Cox and Kianna Smith on its roster, two players recently cut by the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.

“We are excited to welcome back USA Basketball to the Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame,” said John Doleva, Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame president and CEO. “The 3×3 competition on Center Court produces excitement in our unique space.”

The competition opens with preliminary rounds before the bracket rounds start, where teams will be seeded based on their preliminary performances. Games are played on a half-court utilizing a 10-minute clock and a 12-second shot clock. The first team to 21 points or the leader after regulation time is the winner.

The 2022 Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals will be used as an evaluation tool for the 2022 FIBA 3×3 World Cup, scheduled for June in Belgium.