FIBA is holding its first annual Invitational 3x3 Youth World Championship in September, and the 4-player United States boys roster has an iHoops First Team feel to it.
Selected to represent the U.S. is iHoops First Team member Jordan Swopshire of O'Fallon, Mo. He will be teammates with Shaqquan Aaron (Apple Valley, Calif.), Rondae Jefferson (Chester, Pa.) and Malik Price-Martin (Miami, Fla.).
The 3x3 Youth World Championships is for players 18 years old and younger and will take place September 9-11 in Rimini, Italy. The tournament will feature 24 boys teams and 16 girls teams.
The United States' girls roster includes Kaela Davis (Suwanee, Ga.), Rebecca Greenwell (Owensboro, Ky.), Linnae Harper (Chicago, Ill.) and Taya Reimer (Fishers, Ind.).
Swopshire and the other boys are all part of the 2011-12 USA Basketball Developmental National Team. The four girls were on the USA team that won the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Merida, Mexico.
The 3x3 rules will reflect more of a streetball format. Each half-court game will consist of two five-minute periods with a one-minute overtime period if needed. If the game is still tied after the first overtime, a second and final overtime is played and the first team to score two points wins. Shots outside the 3-point line are worth two and shots inside the 3-point line are worth one. Free throws are worth one point as well.
A 12-second shot clock will also be utilized.
Swopshire attends SportsQuest Academy in Richmond, Virginia. He is the brother of current University of Louisville forward Jared Swopshire, a First Team alum.
The iHoops First Team is a mentoring program designed to help promising high school student-athletes navigate the recruiting process and be independent thinkers in the world that awaits them.