Pitt product Jared Wilson-Frame will take part in 3x3U National Championship, which will be played in the Mall of America in Minneapolis from April 5 to April 7. The competition will feature 32 teams of four, each of which will represent a Division I conference. All of the players on each team will have exhausted their NCAA eligibility.
The competition will be the first live sporting event broadcast from the Mall of America since it hosted the first WCW Monday Nitro event in September 1995. And at stake in the three-day competition will be a $100,000 prize for the champions.
”I am grateful for the opportunity to not only represent the University of Pittsburgh but also the Atlantic Coast Conference next weekend in Minneapolis,” Wilson-Frame said in a statement. “I am excited to play alongside three amazing players from the best conference in the country for bragging rights and a chance to win $100,000.”
Wilson-Frame recently wrapped up the best season of his collegiate career with Pitt. After a somewhat disappointing junior campaign, the guard worked on his game and conditioning in the offseason and became the team’s top three-point shooter, contributing triples at 39.5 percent clip. He was also Pitt’s second-best rebounder and scorer, accounting for 5.0 boards per game and 12.7 points per game over the course of his senior season.
The full ACC team for the competition has yet to be announced, but highlights on the official watchlist include Torin Dorn of NC State, Terance Mann of Florida State, Luke Maye of North Carolina, Justin Robinson of Virginia Tech, and most notably, Cameron Johnson of North Carolina and previously of Pitt.
Last year, in the inaugural 3x3U competition, the Big Ten won the title with a team consisting of Robert Johnson of Indiana, Nate Mason of Minnesota, Jae’Sean Tate of Ohio State and Vincent Edwards of Purdue.
In addition to earning a six-figure monetary reward, the championship team will become eligible to play in the USA Basketball 3x3 Open National Championship in May. All games in the 3x3U National Championship will be streamed live on Twitter or broadcast on ESPN2 beginning on April 5 at 3 p.m. ET.