BUCHAREST, Romania– The FIBA 3×3 U23 World Cup 2022 will take place on October 5-9, and the young guns of 3×3 are ready to light up the big stage.
Let’s take a closer look at all of the major aspects of the third edition of this big youth event, which will be hosted in Bucharest, Romania.
Where can I watch the FIBA 3×3 U23 Basketball World Cup?
The action will be streamed live on the FIBA 3×3 YouTube, Facebook, Sina Weibo, and Douyin pages from October 5 to 9.
What is the location of The FIBA 3×3 U23?
The FIBA 3×3 U23 World Cup 2022 will be held at the Bucharest Metropolitan Circus, which also hosted the 3×3 Europe Cup 2018.
What exactly are the pools The FIBA 3×3 U23?
In Bucharest, there are 20 men’s and 20 women’s teams competing. To see the complete rosters, click on the teams listed below.
MEN’S TEAMS The FIBA 3×3 U23 World Cup:
Pool A includes Mongolia, China, Latvia, Slovakia, and Chile.
Pool B includes Lithuania, Japan, Romania, Egypt, and Chinese Taipei.
Pool C consists of France, Poland, the Netherlands, Ukraine, and Brazil.
Pool D consists of Israel, Germany, Serbia, Qatar, and Kazakhstan.
FEMININE TEAMS The FIBA 3×3 U23 World Cup:
Pool A consists of France, Romania, Egypt, Ukraine, and Chile.
Pool B consists of China, Lithuania, Poland, Israel, and Chinese Taipei.
Pool C includes Mongolia, Japan, the United States, the Dominican Republic, and Uzbekistan.
Pool D consists of Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Austria, and Sri Lanka.
Who are the frontrunners for The FIBA 3×3 U23 World Cup?
France arrives in the men’s competition with a team scarier than the hit horror flick Smile. Les Bleus were nearly unstoppable in winning the FIBA 3×3 Nations League Final 2022, and France is aiming for more gold in the future.
High-flying Lorenzo Thirouard-Samson, 21, was chosen MVP and will form a formidable duo with Thomas Pottier.
France has considerable firepower, but so does the rest of the field, including a deep German squad led by Leon Fertig, a 3×3 pro circuit star for Dusseldorf LFDY.
No.1 seed Mongolia has a talented lineup with big-game experience, while No.2 Lithuania is looking to continue their strong year at the international level and should be confident, especially if Eimantas Zilius shoots the lights out like he does for Kaunas.
Asian superpowers China and Japan will also be looking for deep runs in their bids to take continental dominance to the global arena.
With France having won the Nations League Final 2022, Camille Droguet and the tall Sixtine Macquet may put the smackdown with a fatal one-two punch.
You can bet that the Mighty USA will be armed to the teeth, and they’ve brought some WNBA stars who know how to win on a 3×3 floor.
Asian dominance China is a medal magnet in international tournaments, and their New Generation Kun Huang and Ji Yuan Wan have already tasted success, winning gold at the FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup 2022.
The Netherlands, Japan, and the host country, Romania, are other contenders.
Who should you keep an eye on for The FIBA 3×3 U23 World Cup?
We’ve already mentioned some of the standouts, but there are plenty of other bright possibilities waiting to shine.
Chile’s Lucas Thiebaut has been heralded as one of Bucharest’s finest players, and it’s easy to understand why with this 6ft 6in (2m) athletic beast capable of winning games on his alone.
If you’re looking for another thrill ride, get to know Israel’s Shoham Gat, who can do it all with the Wilson.
Jianghe Chen, China’s newest sensation, 23 years old, learned from the finest as he lined up for world No.1 World Tour squad Ub at the Ultra Novi Sad Challenger 2022. While Mongolia’s Ikhbayar Chuluunbaatar and Altangerel Batsaikhan have gathered great knowledge on the World Tour, they want to share what they’ve learnt with everyone.
Emily Engstler will arrive in Bucharest feeling she is the finest women’s player in the league, and the WNBA player is deserving of the attention. Just look at her all-around game and how she can do it all.
Speaking of flexibility, Noortje Driessen of the Netherlands, who recently won silver at the 3×3 Europe Cup, can dominate on both offence and defense, with the immensely talented 23-year-old already having a lot of international experience.
Khulan Onolbaatar of Mongolia and Teodora Manea of Romania are two of the top scorers in Bucharest, and it’s lights out when they get going.
Not to be outdone, Japan’s Norika Konno and Hungary’s Orsolya Toth can heat up faster than a microwave, highlighting the wealth of skill in this closely contested draw.
Keep up to date by visiting the official website: FIBA.basketball/3x3U23, and you may follow the action live on social media by visiting the FIBA 3×3 YouTube, Facebook, Sina Weibo, and Douyin accounts.
Exciting, urban, and original, 3×3 is based on many versions of streetball played around the world and is regarded as the world’s number one urban team sport. FIBA-sanctioned games pit two teams of three players against each other on a basketball half-court.
It was successfully played in international competition for the first time at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, and it has since benefited from the establishment of a yearly professional circuit for men and women (World Tour and Women’s Series, respectively) as well as national-team competitions.
Enlio floors with Wilson balls, Schelde backstops, Bodet shot clocks, and the Magic Sky canopy system are used for FIBA 3×3 competitions.