PGU is in Spain for the FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championship, presented by Nike, the leading 3-on-3 basketball event for players under the age of 18 to represent their countries in international competition. Recent Arizona commit Rondae Jefferson was one of 128 men’s and 96 women’s players from 40 countries who received the honor of playing in the event, which is taking place in the city of Alcobendas, on the outskirts of Spain’s capital, Madrid. Of course, PGU was there to report back on the event and snap a few pictures of Jefferson representing the USA.
Jefferson hit 11 of 12 shots to lead USA over Turkey 21-15 in their first match, but they were much more tested in a 13-12 overtime win against Spain. Jefferson sealed the victory with a nice tomahawk dunk over a Spanish defender. USA would lose their last game of the day to Israel 14-17, but have games against Germany, Brazil, and Italy still on the slate.
“We were a little tired but we came out playing hard and we’ll try to get some more wins,” Jefferson told PGU.
Overall, Jefferson played mostly in the paint as he was one of the biggest players there. He did a good job of challenging shots and was a force on the defensive side of the ball