3-ON-3 basketball in the UAAP could soon happen as representations have been made to the league’s Board of Trustees to include the emerging basketball event as part of the regular calendar.
Former Ateneo star Kiefer Ravena, whose group recently organized the Intercollegiate 3-on-3 Invitationals, said they have already reached out to some members of the UAAP board like Fr. Ermito de Sagun of University of Santo Tomas, Nongnong Calanog of La Salle, and Em Fernandez of Ateneo to lobby for the inclusion of 3-on-3, or 3x3 in international basketball parlance, in the UAAP's regular events.
And Ravena added that their proposal to make 3x3 as an official UAAP event, meaning it will count in the league’s overall standings, has been well-received by league officials they've met.
“He (Fr. De Sagun) said that he wants to propose it as part of the UAAP calendar even for next season,” Ravena said. “I think they really want to push this sa UAAP board and make it part of the UAAP calendar.”
3x3 has become one of the fast-rising events in basketball with Fiba even holding a World Tour annually in various countries including the Philippines.
“They have already acknowledged the sport and they also want to put it in the calendar. Hopefully, all goes well,” Ravena said.
Ravena added that holding 3-on-3 basketball in the UAAP only stands to benefit the college league.
“It’s fast (to organize) hindi katulad ng 5-on-5. It could be similar to beach volleyball as sort of a primer to their main event [na] indoor volleyball. It could bridge the lull na walang basketball ng matagal sa UAAP or even during the season, they can play in between the first and second game,” Ravena said.