Kentucky freshman star Rhyne Howard is traveling the country this month, all while representing the University of Kentucky. She’s heading to Las Vegas this weekend, where she’ll compete against some of the best collegiate players in the nation. She’s been selected to participate in the 2019 USA Basketball Women’s 3×3 National Championship. Howard has also just been chosen for the USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team Trials, to take place May 16-19 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The 3×3 tournament is considered highly selective: the participating teams include three teams that qualified from other 3×3 tournaments from the past year, 13 teams representing the top Division I programs across the country and two teams comprised of eight high-caliber athletes. Howard was selected for one of those 16 individual spots, which means she’ll have the opportunity to participate in a “minicamp” that began earlier Wednesday afternoon.
Later this month, Howard will be one of 30 athletes competing for 12 spots on the U19 World Cup team. If she makes the cut, she’ll travel to Bangkok, Thailand in mid-July to represent the United States.
Howard is no stranger to Team USA – she led the national team to the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 gold medal last summer. Her efforts helped the team go on a 5-0 gold-medal run, and she came home with the tournament MVP honors.
At UK, she finished with an average of 16.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. By the end of her rookie year, Howard was named the unanimous National Freshman of the Year by espnW, USBWA and WBCA, along with a slew of conference awards.
If you happen to find yourself in Vegas this weekend and are in the mood for some collegiate basketball, the event will be held for the first time outdoors at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, located in the heart of downtown. If Howard’s team advances to the championship round, the action can be streamed live at www.usab.com/live. That game is set tip at 10 p.m. PDT Saturday.
Make the Bluegrass proud, Rhyne!