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Evan Battey ready to turn heads, maybe pocket cash at 3×3 showcase

Former Buffs D’Shawn Schwartz, Jeriah Horne also competing

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One of the more popular players in recent memory, CU Buffs forward Evan Battey will play his final home game at the CU Events Center.

Earlier this week, Evan Battey wasn’t certain who exactly his teammates were going to be at a national 3-on-3 showcase during Final Four weekend in New Orleans.

It didn’t really matter. One could almost picture the smile and sense the shrugging of thick shoulders as Battey pondered the question during a recent phone call.

“I have no idea,” Battey said. “I don’t really care. It’s just like, ‘Eh, let’s go.’”

Where Battey is going is the 2022 Dos Equis 3x3U National Championship, which will feature 64 new college basketball alums competing for a $150,000 purse at The Sugar Mill in New Orleans.

As it turns out, Battey will be the only 2021-22 Pac-12 player represented in the tournament, yet he won’t be the only representative of the CU program in the 3-on-3 tournament. Former Buffs D’Shawn Schwartz, who just completed his final season of eligibility at George Mason, and Jeriah Horne, who did the same at Tulsa, also are expected to compete in the tournament.

“I have an opportunity to play basketball, especially at the Final Four, it’s an opportunity to compete and do what I love to do. So it wasn’t really a long decision at all,” Battey said. “It’s an opportunity to play in front of NBA scouts and my former coaches, too. I’m ready to have fun and enjoy my post-college experience. I’ve been looking forward to this for a pretty decent amount of time.”

The four-player teams are constructed via conference affiliation, with Battey the lone Pac-12 player on a Pac-12/West Coast Conference squad also scheduled to include Brigham Young guard Alex Barcello, as well as the Santa Clara duo of guard PJ Pipes and forward Josip Vrankic.

The competition is comprised of four, four-team pools, with play beginning on Friday. Battey’s first game will be at 5:20 p.m. MT on Friday in a game that will stream live on Twitter (@3x3UHoops). Battey will face a familiar foe in his opening game against now-former Tennessee forward John Fulkerson, who squared off against Battey and the Buffs each of the past two seasons.

The entire tournament will air live on either ESPN2, ESPNU, or via Twitter. After two days of pool play, a championship tournament will be held on Sunday, culminating in the title game at 2:50 p.m. MT on ESPN2. The three former CU players are in different pools and wouldn’t cross paths until possible matchups on Sunday.

Per a release from CU, the winning team from each pool play game will pocket $1,000. Victories in the first two knockout rounds will net another $1,000, a quarterfinal win is worth $5,000, a semifinal win is another $10,000, while the team that takes the title will add $50,000.

As for Battey, the showcase offers not only a chance to compete but an opportunity to showcase his skills in front of a wealth of scouts as he starts sorting through whatever professional opportunities arrive next.

“Hiring an agent is first and foremost,” Battey said. “With an agent comes opportunities. And a fine number of opportunities that come to you, instead of all the possibilities in the world. So I’m in the process of doing that. That’s the next step and I hope we’ll have that figured out soon.”

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