Krakow R8 Basket (POL) Team Preview: FIBA 3x3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final

16 Oct 2017

BEIJING (FIBA 3x3 World Tour) - The FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final 2017 will be staged in Beijing, China on October 28-29 and we look at the 12 participating teams. We continue our preview with Krakow R8 Basket (POL)


Seed: #9
Qualified: Finishing 9th in the World Tour Standings
World Tour 2017 Appearances: 3 (7th in Utsunomiya, 6th in Prague & 4th in Lausanne)
World Tour 2017 Record: 5W - 5L
Previous World Tour Final appearances: 1 (Finished 11th last year)
Top Scorer: Michael Hicks: 102 points (7th overall)

#3 Piotr Renkiel (POL): 29 years old; 1.90m; World Rank: 38
#4 Michael Hicks (POL/USA): 34 years old; 1.94m; World Rank: 35
#5 Pawel Pawlowski (POL): 35 years old; 1.98m; World Rank: 37
#6 Lukasz Bodych (POL): 27 years old, 2.01m; World Rank: 47

- Hicks averaged a World Tour-high 10.2 points per game this season.
- Hicks can shoot (he won 3 Shoot-Out Contests at the World Tour in his career) and put on a show (he was named the most spectacular player of the Lausanne Masters 3 times in a row and is known for his "sprinkle" celebration).
- Renkiel is an underrated dunker. He featured in the World Tour Final dunk contest both in 2015 and 2016 (when 1 player could compete against the pros)