Herbert to lead 3X3 charge

After 22 years out of the NBL the Luina Geelong Supercats are excited to once again be recognised as an NBL Franchise through the 3X3 format. Not only will 2019 see a return to the NBL brand for the Supercats, but it also signals the return to the NBL of Geelong’s own Nathan Herbert. Having played in the NBL for the South Dragons and Adelaide 36ers, Herbert will captain the Supercats newest venture.

The NBL today released details of the 2019 Pro Hustle’s and announced the franchises that have already signed on for 2019 including Bendigo Braves, Bulleen Boomers, Deakin Melbourne Boomers (WNBL), Geelong Supercats, Brisbane Bullets (NBL), PCYC (Qld) Canberra North, Canberra Central, Canberra South, Woodville Warriors and the West Adelaide Bearcats.

As a franchise of the NBL 3X3 Hustle, Geelong will host a minimum of 2 STREET HUSTLE events in early 2019 with details to be released in the coming months and send men’s and women’s teams to the NBL Pro Hustle Events. “It’s a great day for the Luina Geelong Supercats” CEO Dean Anglin, “to formally have a partnership again with the NBL is something we are excited about”. “We have no doubt this partnership will enable us to produce some awesome 3X3 events in the coming years”.

The Supercats travelled to Taiwan in September 2018 to represent the NBL at a world tour event. While the results were not what we wanted, the debrief on the weekend will set our teams up for future events.

Full NBL Press Release…

Dates for the next NBL 3×3 Pro Hustle have been announced as the countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games begins.

A total prize pool of $150,000 will be up for grabs in next year’s NBL 3×3 Pro Hustle with equal prizemoney for men and women.

There will be three events in 2019 with Pro Hustle 1 to be staged on March 30/31, followed by Pro Hustle 2 on April 13/14 and Pro Hustle 3 on April 27/28.

NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said: “After a very successful launch in 2018, the NBL 3×3 Pro Hustle has already gained national and international recognition and we are excited to once again stage Australia’s premier 3×3 series and the pinnacle of Australia’s official 3×3 pathway.

“An additional $30,000 in the prize pool, qualification to FIBA’s World Pro Tour up for grabs and the chance to claim the title of 2019 NBL 3×3 Pro Hustle Champion, there is plenty on the line.”   
“With qualification cut off for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics only 12 months away, the NBL and Basketball Australia are excited to offer a high profile platform for Australia’s 3×3 stars to not only fight for national selection but also show TV viewers all over the World that the 3×3 format has a big future and is here to stay.”

After nearly 40 years in the wilderness, West Adelaide Bearcats have announced their return to the NBL stage through the 3×3 game. President Geoff Dodd said: “The West Adelaide Bearcats are delighted to be re-joining the NBL family as an NBL 3x3Hustle franchise.

“We know that our players love the 3×3 version of the game and its fantastic to be able to provide a pathway to the national and international stage via the Bearcats.”

The Chair of Deakin Melbourne Boomers Tony Hallam said: “The Deakin Melbourne Boomers are excited to again be part of the upcoming 3x3Hustle season.

“After tasting some 3×3 success in the first year, we can’t wait to get behind our female stars as they battle it out for success on 3×3’s biggest stage and inspire a new generation of 3x3Hustle players.”

Already confirmed to battle it out for the $150,000 prize pool include Bendigo Braves, Bulleen Boomers, Deakin Melbourne Boomers (WNBL), Geelong Supercats (Vic) Brisbane Bullets (NBL), PCYC (Qld) Canberra North, Canberra Central, Canberra South (ACT) Woodville Warriors, West Adelaide Bearcats (SA).

Further contenders for the 2019 3×3 Pro Hustle Championship will be announced by the NBL in coming weeks.