Texas Southern graduate guard A.J. Lawson has been selected to participate in the 2022 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, scheduled for April 1-3 at The Sugar Mill in New Orleans.
Sixty-four players, who have elected to begin their professional careers, will represent all 32 Division I conferences and compete for their share of $150,000 – one of the largest prize purses at any FIBA 3×3 sanctioned events – by teaming up with other aspiring pro prospects from around the country. Each conference will be paired with another, forming 16 four-man rosters that will be separated into four pools. Lawson is one of four players that will be part of the MEAC/SWAC (HBC-U Don’t Want None) team.
A graduate student from Bryan, Texas, Lawson spent one season at TSU and was a valuable member of the rotation as he started 15 games and made 29 appearances. He averaged 6.1 points and 3.4 rebounds with six games in double figures.
Teams will play each squad in their respective pool on April 1 and 2 before all 16 will head to the knockout stage on April 3, with the top two teams from each pool receiving byes to the quarterfinals. The winning team from each pool play game will win $1,000, victories in the first two knockout rounds will net another $1,000, a quarterfinal win is worth $5,000, a semifinal triumph is another $10,000, while the team that takes home the Tournament title will add $50,000 to their winnings.
The paired conferences, and their respective pools, can be found below:
Big East/A-10 (Beast Coast Ballers)
American/C-USA (American Made)
Ivy/Patriot (Wicked Smahts)
America East/MAAC (Metro East Mayhem)
Big Ten/MAC (#B1GMACtion)
SEC/SoCon (Dirty South)
ASUN/Sun Belt (SUNs of Anarchy)
Summit/OVC (Summit Valley Oop’n)
Big 12/Southland (Southwest Souljas)
Horizon/MVC (Horizon Valley Hoopers)
Big Sky/Big West (Western Sky-Walkers)
MEAC/SWAC (HBC-U Don’t Want None)
Pac-12/WCC (B-Ball After Dark (B.A.D.) Boys)
ACC/Big South (Tobacco Road Ryders)
MWC/WAC (Rocky Mountain Range)
CAA/NEC (Colonial Con-NEC-tion)
This year, the Tournament will once again receive non-stop coverage via Twitter and on ESPN networks. Every second of the 2022 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will be available to a national audience beginning with pool play games on Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, and knockout rounds on Sunday, April 3.
Kyle Montgomery, the voice of FIBA 3×3, and Robbie Hummel, current ESPN and Big Ten Network analyst, will be behind the mic calling games all weekend long. Tate Frazier and Mark Titus of the Titus & Tate Podcast will also suit up as the hosts of the Dos Equis Lounge to provide commentary, postgame interviews and more over the three-day experience.
Through the first three years of the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, at least 200 players that have participated in the event have signed professional contracts.
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