Arafura Games: Hosts 3×3 NBL Pro Hustle Final

The final event of the 2019 3×3 Pro Hustle Tour will be held as part of the 2019 Arafura Games.

The 2019 Arafura Games will be held over nine days, from 26 April to 4 May, 2019, with the 3×3 Pro Hustle Tour final taking place at Darwin Convention Centre on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April.

The event will see the best 3×3 players battling it out for a total prize pool of US$100,000, split equally across male and female categories.

The 3×3 Pro Hustle is the pinnacle of the sport in Australia, and the route for teams to make their way onto the prestigious FIBA World Tour where the prize money exceeds US$1 million.

NBL Chief Operating Officer, Andy Crook said the NBL was excited about the opportunity for Darwin to host the final event of the 2019 3×3 Pro Hustle Tour.

“Basketball is booming in Australia with more than one million people playing. Our national teams are winning medals all over the world, and the NBL is attracting record attendances and broadcast audiences.

“The 3×3 Pro Hustle is fast, energetic and exciting. 3×3 will make its debut as an Olympic sport at Tokyo in 2020 and basketball will also adopt the 3×3 format for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. FIBA 3×3 Ranking points from the Pro Hustle will go towards Australia’s qualification for the Olympics as well as individual athletes.”

3×3’s growth in Australia coincides with the 3×3 Hustle pathway being launched by the NBL in conjunction with Basketball Australia.