Wednesday, June 08, 2016

BAYNES, EXUM, INGLES, MIDDLETON AND MILLS HEADLINE FIRST BASKETBALLWITHOUT BORDERS CAMP IN AUSTRALIA


- NBA and FIBA’s Global Basketball Development and Community Outreach Program
Celebrating its 15th Anniversary This Summer -

GEELONG, MELBOURNE, MIES, NEW YORK,June 6, 2016 –The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) today announced the top 45 boys from 17 countries who will travel to the first Basketball without Borders (BWB) Asia Camp in Australia, which will be held June 23-26 at Dandenong Basketball Stadium in Melbourne.  BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program,is celebrating its 15th anniversary this summer.

BWB Asia will bring together the top male players born between 1999 and 2001 from around the Asia-Pacific region to learn directly from NBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches, including Aron Baynes (Detroit Pistons; Australia), Dante Exum (Utah Jazz; Australia), Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz; Australia), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks; U.S.), and Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs; Australia).

Baynes, Exum, Ingles, Middleton and Mills will be joined by former NBA players Bruce Bowen (U.S.) and David Robinson (U.S.); current NBL players Igor Hadziomerovic (Melbourne United; Australia), Daniel Kickert (Brisbane Bullets; Australia), MajokMajok (Melbourne United; Australia), Nate Tomlinson (Melbourne United; Australia), and Lucas Walker (Adelaide 36’ers; Australia);former WNBA and WNBL player Lauren Jackson (Australia); former WNBL player Jan Stirling (Australia); and current NBL coaches Lanard Copeland (Sydney Kings; U.S./Australia), Dean Demopoulos (Melbourne United; U.S.), Andrew Gaze (Sydney Kings; Australia), and Mike Kelly (Melbourne United; U.S./Australia).

Current NBA assistant coaches Zach Guthrie (Utah Jazz), Charles Klask (Detroit Pistons), Jay Larranaga (Boston Celtics)and Jerry Stackhouse (Toronto Raptors; former NBA player; U.S.)will also serve as BWB Asia coaches.  President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC) Patrick Hunt will serve as camp director.

BWB Asia will also include a girls camp for the top female players in Victoria and a Jr. NBA camp for local youth.

In addition to working with the campers on the court, NBA, FIBA and NBL players and coaches will lead extensive community outreach events through NBA Cares that will leave a lasting legacy in Melbourne and Geelong.  These social responsibility efforts will focus on youth basketball development and teaching the values of the game, including teamwork, integrity and respect, on and off the court.  Activities will include a Jr. NBA youth basketball clinic, an NBA Cares court dedication, a Jr. NBA wheelchair basketball exhibition game and clinics and life skills sessions with campers.

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

Since 2001, BWB has reached more than 2,500 participants from 130 countries and territories, with 37 campers drafted into the NBA.  Twenty-one former BWB campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2015-16 NBA season.

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, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia and Montenegro at La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy.  Since then, the NBA and FIBA have staged 45 BWB camps in 26 cities across 22 countries on five continents.  More than 210 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined nearly 160 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world.

The full BWB 2016 summer schedule will be announced in the coming months.

The following is a complete list of players participating in the first BWB Asia Camp in Australia:

First Name
Last Name
Country
Alexander
Mudronja
Australia
Biar
Garang
Australia
Nicholas
Stoddart
Australia
Jason
Gregg
Australia
Benjamin
Fakira
Australia
Owen
Hulland
Australia
Jie
Guo
China
Yuxuan
Liu
China
Jiafeng
Zhang
China
Yansong
Sun
China
Jiaren
Zhao
China
Kuan-I
Wu
Chinese Taipei
Mao Wei-Chia
Ku
Chinese Taipei
Yen-Lin
Chen
Chinese Taipei
Kobe
Sotelo
Guam
Aashay
Verma
India
Baladhaneshwar
Poiyamozhi
India
Sahil
India
Komang Arya Parta
Wijaya
Indonesia
Alborz
Hasanzadehzoshki
Iran
Mohammadjavad
Mahmoodi
Iran
SeyedShahriar
Arefifar
Iran
Seishin
Yokochi
Japan
Shugo
Asai
Japan
Sota
Okura
Japan
Abdullah
Alsawalhi
Jordan
Georges
El Beyrouty
Lebanon
Karim
Zeinoun
Lebanon
Joon Kang
Lee
Malaysia
Samuel
Waardenburg
New Zealand
Daniel
Fotu
New Zealand
Quinn
Clinton
New Zealand
Hamish
McDonald
New Zealand
Callum
McRae
New Zealand
Taane
Samuel
New Zealand
Jed Cedrick
Colonia
Philippines
John Mark
Lagumen
Philippines
Paul Mathew
Manalang
Philippines
Yong-An
Thng
Singapore
Yunghi
Ha
South Korea
Sunghyun
Choe
South Korea
Jaehyun
Oh
South Korea
Yongwoo
Yi
South Korea
Jdar
Sonsem
Thailand
Shukhrat
Muradhadjaev
Uzbekistan


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