USA Basketball has announced that Cameron Brink and Hayley Van Ris will join the women’s team, while Jimmer Fredette will be part of the men’s team as they aim to qualify for the 2024 Olympics. Brink and Van Ris will be joined by Sierra Burdick and Linje Harper at the FIBA World Cup in Vienna, Austria, from May 30 to June 4. The top three teams in the FIBA rankings as of November 1, 2023, will automatically qualify for the Paris Olympics, making the World Cup crucial for Team USA.
On the men’s side, Canyon Barry, Kareem Maddox, and Dylan Travis will also be part of the USA team. Barry and Maddox were unable to qualify for the 2021 Olympics due to a back injury, but the USA team ranks second in the world for men and third for women, making them strong contenders for a spot in Paris.
Brink has yet to play for the national 3-on-3 team, while Van Ris was part of the 2022 USA national team that won the FIBA World Cup. If either team fails at the World Cup, they will have another opportunity to qualify for the Olympics, but late qualifying is not ideal, as Barry and Maddox have shown.
In 3-on-3 basketball, games are played on a half court with a 10-minute game clock and a 12-second shot clock. The first team to score 21 points wins, and if neither team reaches it, the team with more points when the game clock runs out wins. The USA women’s team won the gold medal at the 2021 Tokyo Games, but all the players in that team are in the WNBA and won’t compete at the World Cup.