Former Tritons to compete in USA basketball event

Photo courtesy Klaye Rowe
Photo courtesy Klaye Rowe

A pair of former Iowa Central basketball standouts have continued their careers, just in different form on the hardwood.

Klaye Rowe and Dylan Travis will play together in the Red Bull USA Basketball 3X Nationals, which take place June 12-13 in Springfield, Massachusetts. They will have the opportunity to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team through the event.

Rules of the game differ from a normal basketball game in that just half of the court is used. Each field goal inside the arc is worth one point, outside worth two and the first to 21 or whoever has more points after 10 minutes is declared the winner.

The two will be joined by Trey Bardsley, who is a former NAIA national player of the year, and Steffon Bradford, a graduate of Nebraska who has played for almost two decades in France. 

"It's a perfect squad," Rowe said. "We really have a shot at the world tour."

Earlier this year, Rowe, Bradford, Bardsley and Malik Hluchoweckyj, who form 3BALL Omaha with Travis, headed to Los Angeles to help train with the national team ahead of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Austra. 

"We played them multiple times and learned an enormous amount about the game," Rowe said. "It's just a really physical game, but we all understand basketball so nobody gets hurt."

Rowe, a member of the Iowa Central Athletic Hall of Fame, was a first team All-American for the Tritons before continuing his career at Bellevue University, where he was a second team NAIA All-American in 2008. 

Travis has earned invites to USA Basketball's 3X3 mini-camps in Chicago and Orlando. He played for Iowa Central during the 2013-14 season, averaging over 18 points per game to earn first team all-region honors. He transferred to Florida Southern and helped them win the 2015 NCAA Div. II national title. 

The sport will debut at the Olympics this summer. 

-By Dana Becker