Basketball Australia has announced the appointment of David Biwer as National 3x3 Pathway Manager to develop both Australia’s national teams and the emerging talent in the 3x3Hustle.

Biwer guided the Australian women’s team to bronze medals at the 2017 and 2018 FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup and led the Australian men to a gold medal at the tournament earlier this year.

One of the world’s fastest growing sports, 3x3 basketball will make its Olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games and will also be played at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Anthony Moore said: “David brings tremendous experience to the role and reinforces the strategic importance of 3x3, the partnership with the NBL and the 3x3’s elevation to Olympic status.”

Biwer’s responsibilities will also include developing the talent within the 3x3Hustle, the national competition established in collaboration between Basketball Australia and the National Basketball League (NBL).

NBL Chief Operating Officer Andy Crook said: “David will help identify and steer elite players into 3x3 and further strengthen the 3x3Hustle as the sport continues to build in popularity here in Australia and globally.”

Biwer said: “I’m excited about the opportunity to help grow 3x3 basketball in Australia and take the sport to the next level. With the development of 3x3Hustle we’re seeing new players coming to the game and Australia will have its own team at the Tokyo Olympics.

“We want to develop a clear pathway for local players to play 3x3 whether they be NBL players or those who aspire to represent Australia on the world stage.

“Player identification is critical so we can identify those players with the right skill sets who can play 3x3 and strengthen the talent pool in the years to come.”

A former NBL player, Biwer will lead a series of National 3x3 Talent ID camps to be staged late September and October with dates and locations to be confirmed in the coming weeks by Basketball Australia and the NBL.