Akuchie selected to participate in the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship 2022
Chicago, Ill. — Youngstown State senior Michael Akuchie has been selected to compete in the 2022 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, scheduled for April 1-3 at the Sugar Mill in New Orleans.
Sixty-four players, who have chosen to start their professional careers, will represent all 32 Division I conferences and compete for their share of $150,000 – one of the biggest prize pools of any FIBA-sanctioned event. 3×3 – by teaming up with other potential aspiring professionals from across the country. Each conference will be paired with another, forming 16 four-man rosters that will be split into four pools. Akuchie is one of four players who will be part of Horizon Valley Hoopers.
Akuchie was named the All-Horizon League second team in 2021-22 and was also selected to the Academic All-Horizon League this year. He had 13.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game and shot 45.7% from the field and 82.6% from the free throw line. He ranked third in rebounding, fourth in free throw percentage and 14and in the rating. He scored in double figures 27 times and averaged 14.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game against Horizon League opponents.
Akuchie, who finished his career with 1,252 career points and 840 career rebounds, led the Penguins to a 19-15 overall record, including a program-record 12 Horizon League wins. The Penguins’ 19 wins are the most since 2000-01 and tied for second most in school Division I history.
“I’m so happy that Mike can be part of such a great event,” YSU head coach Jerrod Calhoun said. “He’s had an incredible career, and I know he will represent the Horizon League very well.”
The teams will play each team in their respective group on April 1 and 2 before all 16 advance to the knockout stage on April 3, with the top two teams from each group receiving byes to the quarter-finals. The winning team in each pool match will earn $1,000, wins in the first two knockout rounds will net an additional $1,000, a quarter-final win is worth $5,000, a semi-final triumph will cost $10,000 extra $, while the team that wins the tournament title will add $50,000 to their winnings.
The paired conferences and their respective pools can be found below:
Big East/A-10 (Beast Coast Ballers)
American/C-USA (American Made)
Ivy/Patriot (Wicked Smahts)
East America/MAAC (Metro East Mayhem)
Big Ten/MAC (#B1GMACtion)
SEC/SoCon (Dirty South)
ASUN/Sun Belt (SUNs of Anarchy)
Summit/OVC (Summit Valley Oop’n)
Big 12/Southland (southwestern souljas)
Horizon/MVC (Horizon Valley Hoopers)
Big Sky / Big West (Western Sky Walkers)
MEAC/SWAC (HBC-U does not want it)
Pac-12/WCC (B-Ball After Dark (BAD) Boys)
ACC/Big South (Tobacco Road Ryders)
MWC/WAC (Rocky Mountain Range)
CAA/NEC (Colonial Con-NEC-tion)
This year, the Tournament will again benefit from non-stop coverage via Twitter and on the ESPN networks. Every second of the 2022 Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship will be available to a national audience starting with pool matches on Friday and Saturday April 1 and 2 and the Round of 16 on Sunday April 3.
Kyle Montgomery, the voice of FIBA 3×3, and current ESPN and Big Ten Network analyst Robbie Hummel will be behind the call plays on the mic throughout the weekend. Tate Frazier and Mark Titus of the Titus & Tate podcast will also host the Dos Equis Lounge to provide commentary, post-match interviews and more during the three-day experience.
In the first three years of the Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship, at least 200 players who participated in the event signed professional contracts.
Dan Mihalik, Intersport, [email protected]