Alex Roux, editor, June 9, 2017

Praise be to the basketball gods.

The International Olympic Committee announced Friday that 3-on-3 basketball will officially be added to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, which immediately made everyone's hoops imaginations run wild pondering the possible trios that could form a gold medal-winning group. The qualification system is yet to be announced, but just for fun, I brainstormed who each Big Ten basketball team would send if the Tokyo Games began today.

I had to leave some extremely talented players off these teams for the sake of lineup balance, figuring that each team would need a big body to snatch up rebounds and occupy space down low. That could end up being a stupid strategy, but since 3-on-3 basketball hasn't really been played yet on a major stage, we just don't know. Tweet me if you disagree with any of my picks.

I'll leave the debate of which team below would be the conference's best up to the fans, but those are my guys and I'm sticking with them.

Illinois: Mark Smith, Mark Alstork, Leron Black

Indiana: Robert Johnson, De'Ron Davis, Juwan Morgan

Iowa: Jordan Bohannon, Nicholas Baer, Tyler Cook

Maryland: Anthony Cowan, Kevin Huerter, Justin Jackson

Michigan: Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Moe Wagner, Charles Matthews

Michigan State: Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson, Cassius Winston

Minnesota: Nate Mason, Amir Coffey, Reggie Lynch

Nebraska: Glynn Watson, Thomas Allen, Jordy Tshimanga

Northwestern: Bryant McIntosh, Scottie Lindsey, Dererk Pardon

Ohio State: Kam Williams, Jae'Sean Tate, Keita Bates-Diop

Penn State: Tony Carr, Lamar Stevens, Mike Watkins

Purdue: Dakota Mathias, Vince Edwards, Isaac Haas

Rutgers: Corey Sanders, Deshawn Freeman, Candido Sa

Wisconsin: Ethan Happ, D'Mitrik Trice, Khalil Iverson