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Kendall Brown receives invite to USA Basketball 3x3 National Championships

Sophomore Kendall Brown had a strong night with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists. East Ridge defeated Eastview 78-41 in the state quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 20, at the Target Center. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia

After the semifinal game against Hopkins at the boys' basketball state tournament, sophomore Kendall Brown received a message from USA Basketball.

It was an invitation to compete in the 2019 3x3 National Championships as part of a USA Basketball Select Team. Brown said he was honored to have received an invite and couldn't wait to compete with some of the top basketball players in the country.

Brown will head to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14.

The tournament will include 12 teams of four players with two of them being from USA Basketball. The teams will compete all weekend long, and the coaches will be evaluating everything from jump shots to free throws to steals and every other detail.

After the weekend is over, the coaching staff will select four players to be a part of the USA team in the World Cup 3x3 in Mongolia this June.

Brown tweeted about the invite on Monday, March 25, saying, "Grateful to have received and invite to participate in USA basketball 3x3."

Brown was one of the leaders on the court for the East Ridge boys basketball team during the 2018-19 season. He led the team with an average of 17.5 points per game, while adding a 90.9 free throw percentage.

The Raptors finished in fourth place in the first state tournament appearance in program history.

The 6-foot-7 sophomore is the No. 1 ranked player in the state of Minnesota for the class of 2021, according to 247Sports. He's ranked No. 24 nationally with a 0.9918 composite out of a total score of 1.0.

According to 247Sports, Brown has received seven offers from Division I schools including Creighton, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, St. Louis and Texas.

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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