In the last couple of years, Uganda has made steps in the right direction in terms of basketball development.
The national men’s team, Silverbacks, have been to two Afrobasket tournaments and are, at the moment, vying for a slot to play at next year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.
Quietly though, the shorter version of the game, 3×3, has been on the rise and Uganda is ranked first and second in the women and men’s categories respectively on the continent.
The women’s national 3×3 team also featured at this year’s World Cup held in Manila.
And, in a bid to spread the game and improve on the pool of players available, 50 schools were visited in a Sprite-sponsored activation to unearth talent.
The finale of this will be held Saturday at Kampala International University with an aim of selecting the best 32 players from the 50 schools.
It is the second year that Uganda has run this program for U-18 and the U-23 but it is the first time the country is running a 3×3 program that spans over 50 schools across the East, West and Central regions.
The finals will bring together the best players from all the 50 schools visited and these will compete for the National Trophy and a chance to form the talent pool to represent the country in U-18 events.
Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) officially launched 3×3 as second basketball discipline in 2010 and it has been embraced by over 150 national federations.
With 3×3 set to feature at the 2020 Olympic Games, Uganda will be optimistic to qualify for the event.
In order to help national federations prepare a competitive team to qualify and successfully participate in future Olympics Games, FIBA is introducing a 3×3 Fast Track: a long-term programme dedicated to identifying, coaching and developing the future 3×3 Olympian.