The big announcements keep on rolling for Basketball Australia.
This morning, it was revealed that the second instalment of the NBA Academy Games & Basketball Australia Prospects Camp will take place from July 15-21. The games that pit some of the world's best prospects against each other in a series of exhibition contests, is to be held at the NBA Global Academy in Canberra.
In a press release sent out early Friday morning, NBA Vice President of International Basketball Operations & Head of Elite Basketball, Brooks Meek, spoke about the tremendous development the global academy is inspiring.
“It’s been an incredible year for the NBA Academies program,” Meek said. “Prospects from the seven NBA Academies have had the opportunity to travel to Europe and the U.S. to compete against top competition, the first two NBA Academy graduates verbally committed to NCAA schools, and our academies have hosted a series of camps for top female prospects from outside the U.S. Our second NBA Academy Games will give returning and new prospects the opportunity to compete against and learn from one another.”
From Australia, 50 top prospects will be split up into five squads and will take on young talents from all over the world, with participating countries including: China, India, Mexico and Senegal.
In what has become a 360 degree approach to basketball in similar camps across the world, it won't all just be on-court competition. As Global Academy coaches will be on hand to bring a wealth of knowledge on skill development, running plays, team ethos, and off-court wellbeing and health. It has become more than just developing these young stars into great on court talents, but also working to ensure they have the tools and knowledge to become great people off the court.
Those abovementioned nations form the nucleus of countries that have all opened NBA Global Academies since October of 2016.
The Academy in Canberra, opened in June 2017, and is intertwined with the world-renowned Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), which houses state-of-the-art, world-class facilities.
It is the hope the the Global Academy will foster development of elite basketball prodigies coming through the ranks, in a similar way to how the AIS was able to with the recently crowned NBA rookie of the year, Ben Simmons.
Other current day Australian stars to roll through the AIS talent pool include Dante Exum, Matthew Dellavedova, Aron Baynes and Andrew Bogut. With the depth of australian basketball talent at an all-time high, the announcement of the prospects camp returning next month is a further coup for Aussie hoops.