5th Basketball Without Borders camp underway in Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina is the host city for the 2019 NBA All-Star weekend, bringing the best basketball players in the world to one location for the yearly showcase event.
Along with those established stars, the next wave of young international talent will also be on show in the city, with the fifth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) camp to be held at the Queens University of Charlotte Levine Center from Friday through Sunday.
63 boys and girls from 31 different countries and regions will be on hand for the camp, where they will be led through a series of practice sessions on and off the court with various players and coaches.
In an added bonus for the weekend, the future stars will get the opportunity to attend the All-Star weekend festivities including the All-Star game on Sunday night.
Gemma Potter and Kitty Anderson will be the two Australian girls attending, while Taran Armstrong and Tamuri Wigness cover the boys side.
Patrick Hunt, President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches will serve as one of the camp directors for the weekend, with the Australian coaching guru helping to spearhead an event that teaches skills on the court, while providing guidance off the court with a series of seminars based on health, leadership and communication.
NBA All-Stars Nikola Jokic (Serbia) and Nikola Vucevic (Montenegro), will join former camp attendee Deandre Ayton (Bahamas) and Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia), as current players that will coach the participants over the weekend.
The Basketball Without Borders camp continue to foster exceptional young talent of their path to the professional game, with a record 27 former attendees making an opening night roster for the start of the 2018-19 season.
The NBA has now staged 56 BWB camps in 35 cities across 21 countries, resulting in excess of 55 players reaching the NBA via the draft or free agency.
Select Portions of the Camp Will be live streamed on the NBA’s Facebook page at facebook.com/NBA and FIBA’s Facebook page at facebook.com/FIBA
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