Exclusive Jimmer Fredette Trading Card Available for First Fans to Enter
Event Free to the Public
Special $5 Parking in DOCO West Garage
Today, the Sacramento Kings, in partnership with 3BALL USA, announced the twelve professional men’s 3x3 teams and the four pools for the Group Stage of the 2nd annual 3x3 International Cup set to take place at Golden 1 Center on Sunday, October 1, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The FIBA-endorsed competition, upgraded to Quest status this year, will see teams vying for cash prizes and a coveted spot on the FIBA 3x3 World Tour (the highest and most prestigious level of the sport’s professional circuit). Participants will also earn FIBA 3x3 ranking points, which are the key to qualifying for major 3x3 events, including the Olympic Games.
This event is designed for fans of all-ages and free to the public, with tickets required for admission. Complimentary tickets can be claimed now at Kings.com/3x3. Parking will be available for $5 in the DOCO West Garage.
The three international teams that will be visiting Sacramento to compete in this year’s competition include Mexico City, Jamaica, and Jeddah.
Team Mexico City features two of the four players from Mexico’s most recent men’s 3x3 National Team: Jorge Perez and Julio Ruiz. The new additions are Gabriel Gonzalez and Pablo Garcia, who also has experience playing for the Mexico National Team. This is a smart and crafty team with four knockdown shooters.
Team Jamaica is a talented and athletic squad led by Romaine Thomas (#5 ranked player in Jamaica) and 6’11” Kevin Foster (#6 in Jamaica), along with a pair of promising rookies: Marcus Lewis and Marcus Patterson.
Team Jeddah of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia includes a diverse group of international players, featuring experienced 3x3 players from France (Dominique Gentil and Kevin Corre), Lithuania (Ovidijus Varanauskas), and the United States (Malik Hluchoweckyj). With a recent head-to-head win over the world’s #1 team (Ub of Serbia), Jeddah comes in as the #2 seed and will be a dangerous matchup for any team they face.
Jimmer Fredette Trading Card
The first 5,000 fans who attend on Sunday will receive a limited-edition trading card featuring former Sacramento King Jimmer Fredette, who will be playing for Team Miami in the tournament. The 3.5” x 2.5” UV glossy card is the first-ever trading card for an American FIBA 3x3 player.
Additionally, one lucky fan will receive a unique card with a couple of visual distinctions to set it apart. The holder of this one-of-a-kind card will be invited to meet Fredette following the tournament. Fredette will sign the card, take photos and give the fan his game-worn jersey from the tournament in addition to an official FIBA 3x3 basketball.
Pool Play Designations
Marin County (7)
Oklahoma City The Cage (10)
Mexico City (6)
Venice Beach (11)
St. Louis Da Guys (5)
Capital City (12)
The pool composition and seeding were automatically determined by the teams’ respective FIBA 3x3 ranking. Teams earn their 3x3 ranking points based on participation and performance in high-level FIBA Pro Circuit and FIBA-endorsed events. The top 2 teams from each pool will advance to the Quarterfinals.
FIBA 3x3 is the lightning-fast version of 3-on-3 basketball that will take center stage at the Paris Olympic Games in Summer 2024. Played on a compact halfcourt (36’ by 49’), games are fast-paced with 12-second shot clocks, a live ball after made baskets and end in 10 minutes or when a team reaches 21 points with an emphasis on speed, physicality and non-stop action. Game balls are the size of a women’s basketball, the weight of a men’s basketball and designed with deep grooves suited to the fast-paced game. Video with more information on FIBA 3x3 rules HERE.
For more information about the 3x3 International Cup, visit Kings.com/3x3.