Young Aussies to attend 2015 NBA Basketball Without Borders Camp
|Olgun Uluc||Feb 6, 2015|
Isaac Humphries, Dejan Vasiljevic and Tom Wilson are the rising Australian stars chosen to represent Australia at the Basketball Without Borders Camp, held during the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend in New York City.
Tom Wilson | Credit: FIBA via Basketball Australia
The camp will be held Feb. 13-15 at Baruch College and features the top 39 players born in 1997 and 1998 from Africa, the Americas, Asia/Pacific and Europe. They will work with NBA, WNBA, and international players and coaches.
Among the coaches for the weekend are Steven Adams (Oklahoma City Thunder, New Zealand), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves, Senegal), Danilo Gallinari (Denver Nuggets, Italy), Tiago Splitter (San Antonio Spurs, Brazil), Matt Brase (Houston Rockets), Kaleb Canales (Dallas Mavericks), Pat Garrity (Detroit Pistons), Patrick Hunt (FIBA, Australia), Jama Mahlalela (Toronto Raptors, Swaziland), James Moran (Portland Trail Blazers), and David Vanterpool (Portland Trail Blazers).
Basketball without Borders camps, run by the NBA and basketball governing body FIBA, began in 2001 and have been held in 19 countries on five continents. There have been 33 campers who went on to be drafted by NBA teams.
New Zealand's Matthew Freeman is also among the Oceania invitees.
Daily Schedule (According to Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress)
Friday, 13th Feb 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Movement Efficiency Training 10:05 AM - 10:45 AM Position Skills Stations 10:50 AM - 11:50 AM Five-on-Five (3, 12-minute games) 11:50 AM - 12:03 PM Shooting Competitions Saturday, 14th Feb 10:15 AM - 11:05 AM Movement Efficiency Training 11:10 AM - 11:50 AM Position Skills Stations 11:55 AM - 12:55 AM Five-on-Five (3, 12-minute games) 12:55 AM - 1:10 PM Shooting Competitions Sunday, 15th Feb 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM Movement Efficiency Training 10:20 AM - 11:00 AM Position Skills Stations 11:05 AM - 12:00 PM Five-on-Five (3, 12-minute games) 12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Shooting Competitions
Isaac Humphries had a breakout performance at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship – averaging 18.9 ppg (58% FG, 83% FT), 11.6 rpg, 1.6 apg & 3.3 bpg – highlighted by his record-setting 41 pt effort against Canada. Humphries also led the tournament in efficiency with a staggering 25.6 EFFPG.
Isaac Humphries | Credit: FIBA, via Basketball Australia
Dejan Vasiljevic struggled with his shooting at times but his confidence was never phased, having his best performance in the Championship game with a 29 pt effort. The 6’2 guard out of Melbourne averaged 17.4 ppg (36% FG, 37% 3pt, 80% FT), 6.6 rpg & 1.3 apg at the tournament.
Tom Wilson was also impressive with 12.3ppg, 6.6 rpg & 1.3 apg.
An adopted Aussie who received an invite to the camp was Thon Maker, however it seems as though he won't be attending. We're yet to learn why this is the case.
Stay tuned with The Pick and Roll as we bring you all of the coverage from the camp.