Meet the Athlete: Damon Huffman

Damon Huffman

By Mae Jacobson, Associate Editor

Damon Huffman grew up in Michigan playing basketball with his brothers, dads, uncles, and cousins. He went on to play for Brown University and later spent five years playing professionally in Europe. Recently, he played on a 3×3 team that won the 2017 and 2018 USA Basketball National Championship tournaments. He also plays on the WAC’s Open Division team.

Q. Tell us about your college career.

A. I started by winning Ivy League “rookie of the year” as a freshman in 2008 and ended with All-Ivy League honors my senior season. My last year playing we had the winningest record in school history. The success of our team put me in Brown’s top five in all-time scoring and first for 3-pointers in a career, season and game. I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything.

Q. What’s 3×3 basketball?

A. Three players to a team with one sub. It’s a fast-paced 10-minute game played half-court. There’s a 12-second shot clock with continuous play and no coach. It’s essentially a
basketball sprint that requires different strategies and skill
sets than traditional five-on-five.

Q. Tell us about your 3×3 career.

A. After winning the 2017 USA Basketball National Championship, I went on to represent Team USA at the 2017 3×3 World Cup. Around the same time, it was announced that 3×3 would be featured in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Q. What are your plans for the future?

A. My greatest hope is that I will always enjoy playing basketball. Additionally, helping the United States qualify for the 2020 Olympics in 3×3 basketball and earning a roster spot would be a dream come true.

Follow Damon’s team on Instagram and Facebook @princeton3x3 and watch live games or replays at youtube.com/fiba3x3.

As published in the January/February 2019 issue of WAC Magazine.

—Posted January 6, 2019