March 26, 2018--Mount St. Mary's seniors Junior Robinson and Chris Wray have been selected to participate in the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship. This event will pit 32 four-man teams consisting of players from every Division I college basketball conference against each other in a three day, 3-on-3 tournament. These teams, comprised of seniors who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility, will compete for a $100,000 prize pool viewable live on Twitter and ESPN2 from Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1, 2018 at St. Mary's University's Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio. Robinson and Wray will represent the Northeast Conference along with Wagner's JoJo Cooper and LIU Brooklyn's Joel Hernandez.
Robinson, who will compete in the 30th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships on Thursday, posted one of the top seasons in Mount St. Mary's history this year. The 5-5 guard was named the Northeast Conference (NEC) Player of the Year, becoming just the second player in Mount history to earn NEC Player of the Year honors. He led the NEC and is currently 14th in the nation in scoring at 22.0 points per game while he finished second in the conference with 4.9 assists per game. Robinson scored 20 or more points in a game on 23 occasions this year, currently the fifth-most in the nation this year.
With 703 points this season, Robinson moved into third on the Mount St. Mary's all-time scoring list with 1,872 career points. His 703 points are the second-most in a season in Mount history, and he joins Mount legendary players Jack Sullivan, John O'Reilly, Chris McGuthrie and Fred Carter as the only players to score 600 or more points in a season. Those four are the only Mount players to have their number retired.
Robinson is the second player at the Mount to earn NEC Player of the Year honors, joining McGuthrie who won the award in 1995-96. Robinson was also named First Team All-NEC, becoming the sixth player in Mount history to earn First Team All-NEC honors, joining Elijah Long (2016-17), Jeremy Goode (2008-09; 2009-10), Gregory Harris (1998-99), Riley Inge (1995-96) and McGuthrie (1994-95; 1995-96) as the only Mount players to earn First Team All-NEC honors. He was named NEC Player of the Week on five occasions this year, tying the conference record for most NEC Player of the Week awards in one season.
Wray became the second Mountaineer to be named NEC Defensive Player of the Year, joining two-time winner Mychal Kearse, who won the award in back-to-back seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07. One of the most versatile players in Mount history, Wray led the NEC blocks (2.1), was tied for third in steals (2.0) and finished fourth in rebounds (8.3) in league games. He blocked a career-high six shots in the Mount's win over Wagner, and has finished third all-time at the Mount with 141 career blocks. Wray, who missed the first eight games of the season due to injury, was a consistent performer on the defensive end, tallying 16 games with two or more steals and 15 games with two or more blocked shots. He grabbed five or more rebounds in 23 of 24 games played this year, while he had six games with double figures in rebounds.
Wray was also named Third Team All-NEC, becoming the third Mount player to earn Third Team All-NEC honors, joining Gregory Graves (2014-15) and BK Ashe (2014-15 and 2015-16). Wray averaged 9.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.1 steals per game this season while shooting 62.2 percent (102-of-164) from the field. He was even better in NEC games, averaging 10.6 points per game while he led the NEC in field goal percentage (.631) and blocks (2.1), tied for third in steals (2.0), was eighth in assists (4.3), fourth in rebounds (8.3), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9-to-1) and second in offensive rebounds (3.1).
The Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will begin on Friday, March 30 with 24 pool play games streamed live on Twitter from 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. EST and will continue on Saturday, March 31 with another 24 pool play games streamed live on Twitter from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. EST. The event will conclude on Sunday, April 1 with the quarterfinals broadcast live on Twitter from 1:35-3 p.m. EST, and the semifinals, third-place game and championship game broadcast live on ESPN2 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. EST.
"We are so excited to host these 128 players at this one-of-a-kind event," said Drew Russell, Intersport's Vice President of Sports Properties. "For fans, this will be an opportunity to see the nation's top seniors compete in the rapidly growing and faced-paced nature of 3-on-3 basketball. For players, it will be one last opportunity to showcase their skills on a national stage and give them the chance to earn a significant sum of money. It will also expose them to the 3-on-3 format which may lead to new opportunities as they take the next step in their professional careers."
Every game of the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship matters as money will be on the line at all times throughout the competition. Participants will compete for a $100,000 prize pool that will be distributed as follows:
- Each pool play win will earn the team $1,000.
- A quarterfinal win will earn the team $1,000.
- A semifinal win will earn the team $1,000.
- The team that wins the third-place game will earn $1,000.
- The team that wins the championship will earn $50,000.
Each team roster will be comprised of four eligible seniors from the same Division I college basketball conference. Teams will be organized into eight pools of four and each team will be guaranteed three pool play games. The Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship Player Selection Committee consists of college basketball experts from a wide range of media outlets including ESPN, CBS Sports, The Athletic, USA Today, NBC Sports, The Ringer, and more. The Committee worked feverishly throughout the season to determine the nation's top senior college basketball players who have been selected to compete. The complete rosters for each conference will be revealed through a series of studio shows streamed live on Twitter once a day from Monday, March 26 through Thursday, March 29.
Tickets for the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship are on sale now and start at just $15 with multi-day and group packages available.