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2018 NBA ALL-STARS HORFORD AND DRAGIC, PACERS’ SABONIS, NETS’ MOZGOV, CLIPPERS’ DEKKER TO COACH TOP INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTS AT FOURTH ANNUAL BASKETBALL WITHOUT BORDERS GLOBAL CAMP

NEW YORK AND MIES, Feb. 8, 2018 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced the top 65 boys and girls from 36 countries who will travel to Los Angeles for the fourth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp.  The camp will be held Feb. 16-18 at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice facility as part of NBA All-Star 2018, and Nike will serve as the official partner.  

 

Five-time NBA All-Star Al Horford (Boston Celtics; Dominican Republic) and 2018 NBA All-Star Goran Dragic (Miami Heat; Slovenia), along with Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers; Lithuania), Timofey Mozgov (Brooklyn Nets; Russia) and Sam Dekker (LA Clippers; U.S.), will coach the top high school age campers from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

 

Horford, Dragic, Sabonis, Mozgov and Dekker will be joined by NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), former NBA players Adonal Foyle (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Michael Cooper (U.S.), Acie Law (U.S.), Pops Mensah-Bonsu (England), Bostjan Nachbar (Slovenia), Mamadou N’Diaye (Senegal), Cherokee Parks (U.S.), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Rod Strickland (U.S) and Ronny Turiaf (France), Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame members Jennifer Azzi (U.S.) and Ann Meyers-Drysdale (U.S.), former WNBA players Lindsey Harding (U.S.), Ebony Hoffman (U.S.), Ruth Riley (U.S.) and Michele Van Gorp (U.S.), as well as select players participating in NBA All-Star 2018.

 

For the first time in BWB history, the camp will feature nine current prospects from NBA Academies, the league’s network of elite basketball training centers around the world for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S.  Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Mexico City, Mexico; Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), India; and Thies, Senegal. 

 

Current NBA assistant coaches John Bryant (Philadelphia 76ers), Ed Pinckney (Minnesota Timberwolves), Jonah Herscu (Los Angeles Lakers) and Will Scott (Los Angeles Lakers), former NBA head coach and 1992 “Dream Team” assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo, former NBA Champion head coach Paul Westhead, and USA Basketball coach Don Showalter will also serve as BWB Global coaches.  Patrick Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches; Australia), Gersson Rosas (Houston Rockets; Colombia), Marin Sedlacek (76ers; Serbia) and Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors; Nigeria) will be the camp directors.  Former NBA trainer Wally Blase (U.S.) 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 camp will be officiated by representatives from the NBA’s Referee Development Program, which provides rising professionals and former players with the skills necessary to pursue a career as a referee in the NBA, WNBA or NBA G League.

 

The campers will attend Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars, State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night, and the 67th NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center.

 

Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear. 

 

BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has reached more than 3,000 participants from 133 countries and territories since 2001, with more than 50 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents.  A record 24 former BWB campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season, including Dragan Bender (Phoenix Suns; Croatia; BWB Global 2015), Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks; South Sudan; BWB Americas 2015/BWB Global 2016), Lauri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls; Finland; BWB Europe 2014/BWB Global 2015), Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015) and Frank Ntilikina (New York Knicks; France; BWB Europe 2015/BWB Global 2016).

 

The first-ever Basketball Without Borders camp took place in Europe in July 2001.  Vlade Divac (Serbia) and Toni Kukoc (Croatia), together with former teammates from the Yugoslav national team, reunited to work with 50 children from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Serbia and Montenegro at La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy. 

 

The NBA and FIBA have staged 52 BWB camps in 32 cities across 27 countries on six continents.  More than 250 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined more than 200 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world.

 

Follow the camp using the hashtag #BWBGlobal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Find out more about NBA Academies at nbaacademy.nba.com and on Instagram (nbaacademy).

 

 

 

The following is a complete list of players participating in the fourth annual BWB Global Camp (rosters are subject to change):

 

 

GIRLS ROSTER:

 

Last Name

First Name

Country

Chagas

Florencia

Argentina

*King-Hawea

Kobe

Australia

Shelley

Jazmin

Australia

Massey

Billie

Belgium

Heljic

Sara

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Anunciacao

Lorena Vitoria

Brazil

Alves Cardoso Souza

Isadora

Brazil

Doo

Piper

Canada

Te-Biasu

Sarah

Canada

Washington

Keishana

Canada

Xu

Han

China

Shan

Li

China

Yuan

Li

China

Arias

Solmilena

Dominican Republic

Niang

Haby

France

Rupert

Iliana

France

Bessoir

Emily

Germany

Senthil Kumar

Pushpa

India

Berrad

Samira

Italy

Gomes

Ester Ana

Mozambique

Budane

Carla

Mozambique

Sow

Mariama

Senegal

Rapoo

Kutlwano

South Africa

Park

Jihyun

South Korea

 

 

BOYS ROSTER:

 

Last Name

First Name

Country

Tungo

Malcolm

Angola

Bolmaro

Leandro

Argentina

*Caffaro

Francisco

Argentina

*Farabello

Francisco

Argentina

Ducas

Alex

Australia

Green

Josh

Australia

Stattman

Kody

Australia

Colimerio

Leandro

Brazil

Eboua

Paul

Cameroon

Koloko

Christian Junior

Cameroon

Lawson

AJ

Canada

Samuel

Tyrese

Canada

*Wegscheider

Kurt-Curry

Central African Republic

Lorca-Lloyd

Maxwell

Chile

Jiang

Haoran

China

Ou

Junxuan

China

Xu

Ke

China

Samanic

Luka

Croatia

Krejci

Vit

Czech Republic

*Khalifa

Aly

Egypt

Doumbouya

Sekou

France

Hayes

Killian

France

*Mathew

Sejin

India

*Singh

Princepal

India

Dieng

Omar

Italy

Kurucs

Arturs

Latvia

Arlauskas

Martynas

Lithuania

Dante

N'Faly

Mali

Gonzalez

Javier Rex

Mexico

Bassey

Charles

Nigeria

Udemadu

Allen

Nigeria

Edu

Ariel John

Philippines

Balcerowski

Aleksander

Poland

Faye

Biram

Senegal

Pecarski

Marko

Serbia

*Lee

Hyunjung

South Korea

Parra

Joel

Spain

Toumi

Yacine

Tunisia

Akay

Mert

Turkey

*Garang

Anyang

Australia/Uganda

Paez

Carlos

Venezuela