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Ex-Eastern Washington standout Jesse Hunt teams up with Big Sky rivals at 3X3U National Championship in Minneapolis

UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019

Eastern Washington's Jesse Hunt (34) moves the ball past Montana's Bobby Moorehead (24) during an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Big Sky Tournament in Boise, Idaho, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Otto Kitsinger / AP)
Eastern Washington's Jesse Hunt (34) moves the ball past Montana's Bobby Moorehead (24) during an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Big Sky Tournament in Boise, Idaho, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Otto Kitsinger / AP)

Classes are about to end for former Eastern Washington swingman Jesse Hunt, and like most soon-to-be college graduates, he could use a few extra bucks.

He’s in a position to win thousands.

The All-Big Sky Conference forward is in Minneapolis for Final Four weekend, competing in the 3X3U National Championship inside the Mall of America.

The winner of the 3-on-3 tournament gets a $100,000 grand prize. Each tournament win nets a team $1,000.

The tournament, which began Friday night, features 32 teams, each representing an NCAA Division I conference. The players have all recently exhausted their college eligibility.

Hunt is on the Big Sky team along with guard Brandon Better (Southern Utah), forward Brekkott Chapman (Weber State) and guard Marcus Graves (Sacramento State).

Each game is broadcast live on the 3X3U Twitter page. The Big Sky faces the Ivy League on Saturday at 10:10 a.m., followed by a game against the Big Ten team at 3 p.m. Hunt’s team won its opener Friday, beating the Horizon League 22-15.

The previous time Hunt saw Better, he and the Eagles knocked Southern Utah out of the Big Sky Tournament in Boise last month. A week before that win, Hunt handed Chapman and Weber State a senior night loss in Ogden, Utah.

Graves helped hand Hunt his only career loss to Sacramento State in late February.

“We’ve just been sharing stories all week about playing each other,” Hunt said. “We did it for four years, so there’s plenty. It’s been fun getting to know them.”

The group went to the Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships on Thursday to watch former Northern Colorado star Jordan Davis in the dunk contest.

Hunt, whose Eagles fell a game short of reaching the NCAA tournament for the second straight year, recently hired former EWU star Alvin Snow as his agent.

Hunt hopes to play professionally in either Australia or Europe. He plans to workout with former EWU stars Jacob Wiley and Bogdan Bliznyuk – both playing overseas – this summer in Seattle.

The 3X3U is keeping him in shape.

Playing by FIBA rules, the games are 10 minutes long but are continuously moving, featuring a 12-second shot clock with no breaks between buckets.

“It’s very fast-paced. The only stoppage is if it goes out of bounds,” the 6-foot-7 Hunt said. “We’re probably going to sub after every dead ball.”

Hunt went to school miles down the road from the world’s biggest 3-on-3 tournament, Spokane’s Hoopfest, for the past four years, but has yet to play. He’s considering playing in the elite division this June.

Two weeks after playing in the NCAA Tournament, former Washington guard Dominic Green is on the Pac-12’s 3X3U team.

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