Evan Battey Ready To Turn Heads, Maybe Pocket Some Cash At 3×3 Showcase – BuffZone

Earlier this week, Evan Battey wasn’t sure exactly who his teammates were going to be at a national 3-on-3 showcase during Final Four weekend in New Orleans.

It didn’t really matter. One could almost imagine the smile and feel the thick shrug as Battey pondered the question during a recent phone call.

“I have no idea,” Battey said. ” I do not care. It’s just like, ‘Hey, let’s go.’

Where Battey is heading is the 2022 Dos Equis 3x3U National Championship, which will feature 64 new college basketball alumni competing for a $150,000 purse at the Sugar Mill in New Orleans.

Ultimately, Battey will be the only 2021-22 Pac-12 player represented in the tournament, but he won’t be the only CU program representative in the 3-on-3 tournament. Former Buffs D’Shawn Schwartz, who comes to complete his final season of eligibility at George Mason, and Jeriah Horne, who did the same at Tulsa, are also expected to participate in the tournament.

“I have the opportunity to play basketball, especially in the Final Four, it’s an opportunity to compete and do what I love to do. So it wasn’t really a long decision at all,” said Battey: “It’s an opportunity to play in front of NBA scouts and my former coaches as well. I’m ready to have fun and enjoy my post-graduate experience. I had been looking forward to this for quite a decent amount of time.

Four-man squads are built through conference affiliation, with Battey the lone Pac-12 player in a Pac-12/West Coast Conference team also slated to include Brigham Young guard Alex Barcello, as well as the guard duo PJ Pipes of Santa Clara. and striker Josip Vrankic.

The competition is made up of four pools of four teams, with play starting on Friday. Battey’s first match is at 5:20 p.m. MT on Friday in a match that will be streamed live on Twitter (@3x3UHoops). Battey will face a familiar foe in his opener against former Tennessee forward John Fulkerson, who has faced Battey and the Buffs each of the past two seasons.

The entire tournament will be streamed live on ESPN2, ESPNU or via Twitter. After two days of pool play, a championship tournament will take place on Sunday, culminating in the title match at 2:50 p.m. MT on ESPN2. The three former CU players are in different pools and will not cross paths before possible clashes on Sunday.

According to a version of CU, the winning team of each game of pool will pocket $1,000. Victories in the first two knockout rounds will net an additional $1,000, a quarter-final victory is worth an additional $5,000, a semi-final victory is worth an additional $10,000, while the team that wins the title will add an additional 50 $000.

As for Battey, the showcase not only provides a chance to compete, but an opportunity to show off his skills in front of a multitude of scouts as he begins to sort through all the professional opportunities that arise next.

“Hiring an agent is first and foremost,” Battey said. “With an agent, there are opportunities. And a good number of opportunities available to you, instead of all the possibilities in the world. So I am doing it. This is the next step and I hope we will get there soon.

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