The 3×3 Basketball World Rankings published earlier this year by the International Basketball Federation reveal Radu Petrescu as the top ranked junior at the age of 18.
The third place is sealed by another Romanian player, Victor Bogdan, a teammate of Petrescu in Romania’s U18 national team which ranked 8th at the World Championship and 9th at the European Championship, back in 2017. Radu, who plays for Ştiinţa Bucureşti in the 2nd tier 5×5 basketball league, managed to win three tournaments on the national tour powered by Sport Arena Streetball , while Victor, a guard for 1st tier-team CSU Sibiu, scored four wins.
3×3 basketball made the list of Olympic disciplines as of last year and will be featured for the first time at the 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo.
European champion Andra Haas is the top-ranked Romanian player in the Women’s World Ranking – at 82th, while the top-ranked Romanian in the Men’s is Alin Spahiu (89th place).
In the 3×3 Federation Ranking, Romania ranks 9th, with the points gained by the Romanian players during the Sport Arena Streetball national tour making a major contribution to this position.
The year-round tournaments, as well as having an infrastructure sanctioned by FIBA 3×3 standards, offer the Romanian players the opportunity to prepare in the best conditions for international events. The latest courts were recently built in four high schools in Bucharest’s district number 2 (Mihai Viteazul, Spiru Haret, Iulia Hasdeu and Central School).
2018 features the 14th season of the Sport Arena Streetball Tour and the official schedule with all the tournaments will be announced in early spring.