Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette highlights first-ever men’s U.S. Olympic 3×3 team

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As expected, former college superstar Jimmer Fredette is among the four players picked by USA Basketball for the men’s first 3×3 hoops team to appear in an Olympics.

Fredette, 35, the former national player of the year more than a decade ago at Brigham Young University who also played in the NBA and professionally overseas, will play for the U.S. at the Paris Olympics alongside Canyon Barry, Kareem Maddox and Dylan Travis, USA Basketball announced Tuesday.

Barry is the son of NBA legend Rick Barry. The foursome won gold medals at the 2022 FIBA AmeriCup and the 2023 Pan American Games, as well as a silver at the 2023 FIBA World Cup, for 3×3 basketball.

The U.S. failed to qualify on the men’s side for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 — the first Games in which 3×3 basketball was a team sport. Maddox, who played basketball collegiately at Princeton, and Barry were on the men’s team in the summer of 2021, but Barry was injured during training camp and the team lost a European qualifying tournament. The U.S. women won the first gold medal in women’s 3×3 in Tokyo.

The 3×3 game is played in the halfcourt. Games are as long as 10 minutes (with 12-second shot clocks), or until one team reaches 21 points. The Olympic 3×3 tournament will run from July 30 through Aug. 5 on an outdoor court, at the Paris Place de la Concorde, not far from the Eiffel Tower and the U.S. Embassy.

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