Caver and Stith Selected to Play in 3X3U National Championship
By ODU Athletics
NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion men’s basketball student-athletes, Ahmad Caver and B.J. Stith, have been selected to participate in the 2019 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, scheduled for April 5-7 at Minnesota’s Mall of America.
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 prize pool, 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.
HOW TO WATCH
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 championship games 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 One Shining 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 vice president 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 for everyone 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 play games, 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 the champions 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 popular tourist 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 sporting event 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 Championship later 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 3x3 athlete 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 April 5-6, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. CT on April 7).
Caver, who was named to the Conference USA All-First Team, as well as the NABC All-District First Team, led ODU in assists, steals and minutes played. His 1316:43 total minutes played ranks third in the NCAA and 1st in the C-USA; while, he also became the program leader for career minutes logged. His 193 assists (5.5 apg) this season ranked 24thin the country and 3rd in the league, while his 2.54 assist to turnover ratio ranked 37th in the nation and 2nd in the C-USA. Caver’s 119 free-throws made ranked 4th in the league and his 196 field-goals made ranked 6th in Conference USA. He averaged 16.6 points per outing, which was 9th most in the conference. Caver drilled 70 three-pointers this season, which was the 13th most in Conference USA and his 1.43 steals per game ranked 14th in the C-USA.
Stith, who was named the 2018-19 Conference USA Player of the Year to go along with First Team All-League and NABC All-District First Team honors, led ODU in scoring and rebounding this season. His 7.5 rebounds per contest ranked 6thin the C-USA, while his 16.8 points per outing ranked 8th in the league. Stith’s 6.1 defensive rebounds per game ranked 3rd in Conference USA, while his 84.7% free-throw percentage led the team, was 5th in the conference and 66th in the NCAA. He recorded 11 double-doubles this season, which was the 2nd most in the C-USA and ranked 47th in the country. His 1206:07 (34:50 mpg) total minutes played ranked 49th in the nation. Stith averaged 2.0 3PT FG made per game, which ranked 13th in the league. He also connected on 36.9% from deep, which ranked 15th in Conference USA.
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