Marcus Graves will represent Sac State in 3x3u National Championship

Graves will be 1 of 4 players on the Big Sky Conference basketball team


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Sac State senior guard Marcus Graves looks towards the hoop in the Hornets’ 78-67 win over Portland State Saturday. Graves was selected to represent the Big Sky Conference in the 2019 Dos Equis 3x3U National Championship for a chance to win $100,000.

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Sacramento State men’s basketball senior point guard Marcus Graves was selected to represent the Big Sky Conference in the 2019 Dos Equis 3x3U National Championship for a chance to win $100,000.

The tournament, in its second year, will held be at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota and 32 conferences will be represented in the tournament.  

Each conference will have four seniors players in the 3-on-3 tournament. Teams will be split into eight division with four teams in each. The teams will play against all three other teams in their division to advance to the next round.

The first team to score 21 points, or whoever is in the lead after 10 minutes, wins and moves on.

The Big Sky Conference will be represented by Graves, Eastern Washington University’s Jesse Hunt, Southern Utah University’s Brandon Better and Weber State University’s Brekkott Chapman.

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“I’m really excited about it,” Graves said. “Just to be able to showcase my game against players all over the country is crazy and something I’m looking forward to doing.”

Graves finished the season averaging 17 points per game along with 5.4 assists, each of which led the team. With those numbers he was named second team all-conference.

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“I’m just excited to hoop,” Graves said. “I love to hoop, no matter what, so it will be fun to get out there and compete.”

Despite being from a mid-major conference that will be playing against SEC, ACC and other power conferences, Graves is still confident.

“Love my chances,” Graves said. “This is where the real hoopers come out. You can’t hide in 3-on-3.”

Graves and the Big Sky Conference team open on Friday at 6:50 p.m. against the Horizon Conference. They will play again on Saturday morning against the Ivy League. Games can be watched on ESPN2 or streamed on Twitter.