MIES/NEW YORK - The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Friday announced the top 53 boys and girls from 27 countries who will travel to Toronto for the second annual Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp.
The high school age campers, coming from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe, will have the opportunity to learn directly from NBA and FIBA players and coaches, including NBA Legend Yao Ming (China) and former BWB campers Bruno Caboclo (Toronto Raptors; Brazil; BWB Americas 2013), Danilo Gallinari (Denver Nuggets; Italian senior men's national team; BWB Europe 2003), and Greivis Vasquez (Milwaukee Bucks; Venezuelan senior men’s national team; BWB Americas 2004).
Yao, Caboclo, Gallinari and Vasquez will be joined by Bismack Biyombo (Toronto Raptors; Democratic Republic of the Congo), Jeremy Lamb (Charlotte Hornets; U.S.), WNBA player Natalie Achonwa (Indiana Fever; Canadian senior women's national team), former NBA players Zarko Cabarkapa (Serbia), Pat Garrity (U.S.), Randy Livingston (U.S.), Vladimir Radmanovic (Serbia) and Jerry Stackhouse (U.S.), as well as select players from the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.
“This second Basketball without Borders Global Camp continues a fantastic initiative of the NBA and FIBA to provide a unique opportunity to bring the youth of the basketball world together,” said President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC) Patrick Hunt. “The players and coaches will work with the campers to enhance their skills, shape their character, and teach values that lead to success in life and our wonderful, global game.”
Current NBA assistant coaches Chris Finch (Houston Rockets), Bryan Gates (Minnesota Timberwolves; Canadian senior men’s national team assistant coach), Jama Mahlalela (Toronto Raptors), and Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors) will also serve as BWB Global coaches. Gersson Rosas (Houston Rockets), Marin Sedlacek (Philadelphia 76ers), Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors), and Patrick Hunt will serve as camp directors. Ale Oliveira (Brooklyn Nets) will serve as the camp’s athletic trainer.
Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication. One boy and one girl will be named BWB Global Camp MVPs at the conclusion of the three-day camp.
The campers will attend the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night, and the 65th NBA All-Star Game at Air Canada Centre.
Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear. Fusionetics, a system designed to help athletes move, perform and recover, all while mitigating their risk of injury, will provide movement efficiency screens and specific performance data on speed, agility and strength to the campers.
The inaugural BWB took place in Europe in July 2001. Vlade Divac of the Los Angeles Lakers Sacramento Kings (he played for them in 2001 if I’m not mistaken) and Toni Kukoc of the Milwaukee Bucks, together with five other FIBA/NBA players and former teammates from the Yugoslav national team, reunited to work with 50 children from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Slovenia, and Serbia and Montenegro at La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy. The NBA and FIBA have staged 44 BWB camps in 25 cities across 21 countries on five continents. More than 200 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined nearly 160 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB all over the world.
The following is a complete list of players participating in the second annual BWB Global Camp in Toronto:
Girls roster: Joana Domingos Antonio (ANG); Laeticia Amihere, Niyah Becker, Mikaela Brewer, Alyssa Jerome, Kyla Shand (all CAN); Silvia Veloso (MOZ); Onome Akinbode (NGR); Ndeye Fatou Ciss (SEN); Ipeleng Nyatlo (RSA).
Boys roster: Valdir Manuel (ANG); Facundo Corvalan, Santiago Vaulet (both ARG); Harry Froling, Thon Maker, Matur Maker, William McDowell-White (all AUS); DeAndre Ayton (BAH); Amar Gegic (BIH); Felipe Dos Anjos De Paula Gama, Gabriel Galvanini (both BRA); Shai Alexander, Abu Kigab, Anthony Longpre, Lindell Wigginton (all CAN); Hao Tian Bai, Ziming Fan, Yi Bo Wang (all CHN); Kuo-hao Kao (TPE); Yoanki Mensia Hernandez (CUB); Florent Grace Thamba (COD); Omar Elsheikh, Omar Hamed (both EGY); Edon Maxhuni (FIN); Olivier Cortale, Frank Ntilikina (both FRA); Richard Freudenberg, Isaiah Hartenstein (both GER); Amir Reza Shah-Ravesh (IRI); Hachimura Rui (JPN); Arnoldas Kulboka, Tadas Sederkerskis (both LTU); Awulu Stephen Edoka (NGR); Makhtar Gueye, Sidi Abdel Hady Seydi (both SEN); Aleksandar Aranitovic, Milos Glisic, Borisa Simanic (all SRB); Eric Martinez (ESP); Mohammed Abdel Kader, Mohamed Adam Rassil (both TUN); Omer Yurtseven (TUR); Agustin Da Costa (URU).
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