After more than a year away from the court, Team Edmonton is returning to action on the FIBA 3x3 World Tour at the 2021 Doha Masters in Qatar, Friday (March 26) and Saturday (March 27).
Team Edmonton’s lineup of Jordan Jensen-Whyte, Alex Johnson, Kyle Landry and Steve Sir is part of a stacked 14-team field set for the first FIBA 3x3 Masters event of 2021.
The Al Gharafa Sports Complex will host the competition, which features the top 10 teams in the World Tour rankings. Edmonton is currently ranked No. 10, while the top spot is held by Liman (Serbia).
Team Edmonton is competing for the first time since November 2019, when it finished eleventh at the World Tour Final in Utsunomiya, Japan. Edmonton was one of the most successful teams on the World Tour in 2019, winning in Nanjing, China, finishing second in Montreal, and fifth in Saskatoon. It also won the Nanjing Challenger event in 2019.
Veteran team members Sir, Landry, and Jensen-Whyte are the top FIBA 3x3 players in Canada, ranked first through third, respectively. In the world rankings, Sir is currently 24th, Landry is 35th, and Jensen-Whyte is 38. Johnson, who ranks No. 24 in Canada, is joining Edmonton after playing for Team Toronto in 2019.
Team Edmonton prepared by training at the Edmonton EXPO Centre, which is home of the Canada 3x3 Training Centre. Players adhered to strict health and safety protocols and were regularly tested for COVID-19.
The FIBA 3x3 World Tour is an annual series of Masters events and the Final. Competing teams represent cities from around the world. Edmonton’s rich 3x3 history includes hosting Challenger events in 2018 and 2019, as well as the FIBA 3x3 Women’s Series in 2019.
Visit the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Doha 2021 website for full event details.