|Posted by Brian Dickmann on August 30, 2016 at 2:25 PM|
Photo courtesy USA Basketball
A former Green Bay Phoenix star will be representing the United States this fall in China.
Alfonzo McKinnie, who played at GB during the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 seasons, was part of a four member team that won the national championship at the USA Basketball 3x3 National Tournament. They will represent the USA at the 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championship this October in China.
Their team, 3Ball Premier, consisted of four players from the city of Chicago: McKinnie, Stefhon Hannah (who played collegiately at Missouri), Myke Henry (DePaul), and Deandre Liggins (Kentucky).
3Ball Premier went a perfect 8-0 at the National 3x3 tournament this past weekend, which was held at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
McKinnie and company will look to change US fortunes in the event, which started in 2012 and is played every other year.
USA men’s 3x3 teams have compiled a 7-6 overall record in the two tournaments, finishing in seventh place at the 2012 FIBA 3x3 World Championship in Athens and 14th in 2014 in Moscow.
Twenty teams from around the globe will participate this October in China: Andorra, Brazil, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Uruguay, and the USA. Qatar are the defending world champions.
The teams will be split into four groups of five in the preliminary round before the knockout stage begins.
McKinnie recently signed a contract to play professionally in Mexico with Rayos de Hermosillo in the CIBACOPA, the 2nd division of professional basketball in Mexico. He spent last season playing professionally in Luxembourg with the East Side Pirates where he put up eye popping stats: 25.5 points and 16.6 rebounds per game while shooting 54.1% shooting from the floor.
In two seasons at Green Bay, he appeared in 42 games averaging 7.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in 19.7 minutes per game. He also shot an impressive 35.1% from beyond the arc after not attempting a three pointer in his previous two seasons at Eastern Illinois.
What to watch: USA Basketball Men’s 3x3 World Championship Team at the 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championship in Guangzhou, China. October 11 thru October 15, 2016
Carrington Love signs pro deal
In other former Green Bay basketball star news, Carrington Love will be playing professional basketball in Germany this upcoming season. The 6’1” guard recently signed a contract with the Kirchheim Knights of the ProA, the 2nd division of professional basketball in Germany below the Bundesliga.
Love will join Kirchheim after a successful four year career at Green Bay that culminated with him leading the Phoenix to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 20 years.
He saved his most impressive season for his senior year, leading the Phoenix in scoring at 17.3 points per game last season. He also finished 2nd in the nation in steals as a senior averaging 2.6 steals per game.
"Carrington is a highly talented player. He can score from any situation, is very fast, and defends strongly,” Knights head coach Michael May told the German website Zweiet. “It gives our team more quickness and scoring.”
Kirchheim opens the regular season on September 25th vs Dresden.
Coleman says he’s committed to GB
Recruiting is heating up as the summer evaluation periods have come to a close and prospects begin to commit to schools before their senior season of high school basketball tips off.
Green Bay has landed 3 recruits from the 2017 class so far – 6’8” Will Chevalier from Kimberly, WI, 6’5” Trevian Bell from Joilet, IL, and 6’6” Caleb Coleman from Hammond, IN.
Chevalier committed to Phoenix on July 26 after choosing Green Bay over an offer from Idaho State and interest from several other mid-major schools. Bell, who committed four days later on July 30, chose the Phoenix over offers from Illinois State, UIC, IUPUI, and Furman.
Coleman recently confirmed he does indeed plan on attending UWGB in 2017. He originally verbally committed on June 12 but would later say he was only “leaning” towards Green Bay and would officially decide after playing out the July evaluation period.
His verbal commitment still leaves the Phoenix with 3 open scholarships to fill for the 2017 recruiting class.
The versatile Coleman led his Hammond team in scoring this past season as a junior at 15.5 points per game along with 9 rebounds per contest. He helped his team to a 13-11 record and an appearance in the Class 4A sectional final where they lost to heavy favorite Griffith.
He was named to the Northwest Indiana Times second team all-area team this season.
“When this young man’s game was on, few could even slow him down,” the newspaper said. “Expect big numbers next season for the Wildcats and Coleman.”
According to the Times, Coleman had scholarship offers from Green Bay and Kent State along with interest from Toledo, Denver, Northern Illinois, Wyoming, Detroit, and Loyola.