PELICANS’ DIALLO, HEAT’S ELLINGTON, KNICKS’ HOLIDAY, TRAIL BLAZERS’ LEONARD, BUCKS’ MAKER, NUGGETS’ MUDIAY TO COACH TOP INTERNATIONAL PROSPECTS AT THIRD BASKETBALL WITHOUT BORDERS GLOBAL CAMP

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  • Third Annual BWB Global Camp during NBA All-Star 2017 Will Bring Together Top 67 High School Age Boys and Girls from 32 Countries and Territories
  • Egypt’s Raafat Tarek and Tunisia’s Marnaoui Oussama selected as top international prospects

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced the top 67 boys and girls from 32 countries and territories who will travel to New Orleans for the third annual Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp. Egypt’s Raafat Tarek and Tunisia’s Marnaoui Oussama were identified as top international prospects and included in the selection.

The camp will be held Feb. 17-19 at the New Orleans Pelicans’ practice facility as part of NBA All-Star 2017, and Nike will serve as the official partner.

NBA and FIBA players and coaches, including Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans; Mali), Wayne Ellington (Miami Heat; U.S.), Justin Holiday (New York Knicks; U.S.), Meyers Leonard (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.), Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks; South Sudan; BWB Americas 2015/BWB Global 2016) and Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets; Democratic Republic of the Congo), will coach the top high school age campers from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.  Diallo, Ellington, Holiday, Leonard, Maker and Mudiay will be joined by former NBA player Adonal Foyle (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), former WNBA players Rushia Brown (U.S.), Ebony Hoffman (U.S.) and Ruth Riley (U.S.), as well as select players from the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.

The NBA and FIBA hosted the inaugural BWB Global Camp at NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City, beginning an annual All-Star tradition.  BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has reached 2,690 participants from 133 countries and territories since 2001, with 43 campers drafted into the NBA.  Twenty-three former BWB campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2016-17 season, including Dragan Bender (Phoenix Suns; Croatia; BWB Global 2015), Maker and Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015).

“The Basketball without Borders Global Camp is a great opportunity for the top male and female prospects from around the world to compete against one another, learn directly from NBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches, and experience the excitement of NBA All-Star,” said NBA Vice President, International Basketball Operations & Head of Elite Basketball, Brooks Meek.  “The Basketball without Borders program was founded on the belief that basketball brings young players from different backgrounds together and transcends cultural boundaries.”

“We look forward to the Basketball without Borders Global Camp taking place in New Orleans and tipping off another exciting year of the BWB program,” said FIBA National Federations & Sport Director Zoran Radovic.  “The camp, which brings together youth players from across the globe, has already gone from strength to strength in a very short period of time and provides campers with the experience of a lifetime, both on and off the court.”

Current NBA assistant coaches Joe Connelly (Denver Nuggets), Jay Hernandez (Orlando Magic) and Fred Vinson (New Orleans Pelicans), along with Brooklyn Nets scout and NBA D-League Assistant GM Matt Riccardi, 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 (Philadelphia 76ers; Serbia) and Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors; Nigeria) will serve as 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 campers will attend the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night, and the 66th NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center.

Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear.  Fusionetics, a performance healthcare system designed to help athletes move, perform and recover, all while mitigating their risk of injury and optimizing performance, will provide movement efficiency testing and specific performance data on speed, agility and strength to the campers.  Each camper will receive the Fusionetics app and get a digital profile with personalized injury prevention and performance programs.

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.  The NBA and FIBA have staged 46 BWB camps in 27 cities across 23 countries on six continents.  More than 215 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined more than 170 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world.

The following is a complete list of players participating in the third annual BWB Global Camp: 

GIRLS ROSTER:

Last Name

First Name

Country

Dongua

Geovana

Angola

Armato

Claudia

Australia

Epperson

Britney

Australia

D’Angelo

Chelsea

Australia

Gould

Cassidy

Australia

Lorde

Tower

Barbados

Brcaninovic

Melisa

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ugwu

Obalunanma

Brazil

Pickering

Mahkayla

British Virgin Islands

Fahie

Shaliqua

British Virgin Islands

Makolo

Roxane

Canada

Brown

Hailey

Canada

Pellington

Shaina

Canada

Tang

Zigi

China

Wang

Leyi

China

Kuier

Awak

Finland

Lathinen

Lotta-Maj

Finland

Bejedi

Sara

Finland

Prabhakara

Priyanka

India

Gulbe

Aleksa

Latvia

Coulibaly

Aissatou

Mali

Payan

Sofia

Mexico

Pinto

Chanaya

Mozambique

Sarr

Khadidiatou Bigue

Senegal

Hermosa

Nerea

Spain

Sahnan

Monique

United Kingdom 

BOYS ROSTER:

Last Name

First Name

Country

De Sousa

Silvio

Angola

Buiamba

Glofate

Angola

Caffaro

Francisco

Argentina

Lopez

Lautaro Tomás

Argentina

Froling

Samson

Australia

Epperson

Jacob

Australia

Dalton

Callum

Australia

Tchamwa Tchatchoua

Jonathan

Cameroon

Barrett

R.J.

Canada

Shittu

Simi

Canada

Dort

Luguentz

Canada

Kirkwood

Noah

Canada

Akot

Emmanuel

Canada

Brazdeikis

Ignas

Canada

Nembhard

Andrew

Canada

Zhang

Kevin

China

Wang

Junjie

China

Sun

Haofeng

China

Mwamba

Patrick

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Raafat

Tarek

Egypt

Waxlax

Ricky

Finland

Mamukelashvili

Sandro

Georgia

Bonga

Isaac

Germany

Herkenhoff

Philipp

Germany

Verma

Aashay

India

Doumbia

Souleymane

Ivory Coast

Velicka

Arnas

Lithuania

Coulibaly

Abdoul Karim

Mali

Keita

Blaise

Mali

Sissoko

Moulaye Mamadou

Mali

Samuel

Taane

New Zealand

Clinton

Quinn

New Zealand

Bassey

Charles

Nigeria

Sjolund

Kristian

Norway

Faye

Cheikh

Senegal

Marjanovic

Andrija

Serbia

Koprivica

Balsa

Serbia

Yang

Jae-Min

South Korea

Martinez

Sergi

Spain

Brewer

Remy

Trinidad

Marnaoui

Oussama

Tunisia

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