Los Angeles will be home to future NBA and WNBA All-Stars this Weekend. Top prep players, representing 36 nations, have begun to arrive in the City of Angels, the site of the fourth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp.
“I feel really excited and thankful for the opportunity to be at a camp with some of the best prospects, players, and coaches in the world,” said Ariel John Edu, a highly skilled prospect from The Philippines.
A student-athlete enrolled in NBA veteran Luol Deng’s residential camp, Deng Camp, Edu said attending BWB Global during NBA All-Star 2018 will provide him “a chance to measure mself against some really talented players.”
“I really look forward to that,” said the high school senior known as a versatile offensive player with great timing on blocking shots.
“I expect it to be very intense and competitive as everyone there will be trying to prove themselves similar to the competitiveness at Deng Camp,” said Edu.
“My goal is just to take advantage of the opportunity to excel my basketball. Learn from coaches, current NBA players and other players at the camp to better understand what it takes to make it to that level.”
At the heart of the BWB concept is a four-day camp that brings together top young basketball talent from Asia-Pacific, Europe, Americas, and Africa.
Selected by FIBA, the NBA, and participating national federations, projected NBA and WNBA draft picks gather in a host city where they are joined by BWB staff, National Team, and NBA players, as well as some of the world’s top coaches.
Five-time NBA All-Star Al Horford (Boston Celtics; Dominican Republic) and 2018 NBA All-Star Goran Dragic (Miami Heat; Slovenia), along with Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers; Lithuania), Timofey Mozgov (Brooklyn Nets; Russia) and Sam Dekker (LA Clippers; U.S.), will interact with the other high-school-aged campers participating in a variety of activities at the Los Angeles Lakers‘ practice facility including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, and 5-on-5 games officiated by NBA’s Referee Development Program representatives.
“I was quite excited when I saw the róster, because it is such an important event, and knowing that I will be there excites me,” said Carlos Paez, a Venezuelan currently attending Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas.
Paez and the other campers will be entertained as guests at the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars, State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night, and the 67th NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center. They will participate in daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership, and communication will be facilitated by industry leaders and innovators.
A world-class educational and professional development experience created in 2001 by FIBA and the NBA, BWB is a global basketball development and community outreach program that has transformed the lives of more than 3,000 participants from 133 countries and territories.
A record 24 former BWB campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season, including Dragan Bender (Phoenix Suns; Croatia; BWB Global 2015), Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks; South Sudan; BWB Americas 2015/BWB Global 2016), Lauri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls; Finland; BWB Europe 2014/BWB Global 2015), Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015) and Frank Ntilikina (New York Knicks; France; BWB Europe 2015/BWB Global 2016).
BOYS ROSTER | Mert Akay, Turkey | Carlos Alocen, Spain | Martynas Arlauskas, Lithuania | Aleksander Balcerowski, Poland | Charles Bassey, Nigeria | Leandro Bolmaro, Argentina | Francisco Caffaro, Argentina | Leonardo Colimerio, Brazil | N’Faly Dante, Mali | Omar Dieng, Italy | Sekou Doumbouya, France | Alexander Ducas, Australia | Paul Eboua, Cameroon | A.J. Edu, Philippines | Francisco Farabello, Argentina | Biram Faye, Senegal | Anyang Garang, Australia/Uganda | Javier Gonzalez, Mexico | Josh Green, Australia | Killian Hayes, France | Dalibor Ilic, Serbia | Haoran Jiang, China | Aly Khalifa, Egypt | Christian Junior Koloko, Cameroon | Vit Krejci, Czech Republic | Arturs Kurucs, Latvia | A.J. Lawson, Canada | Hyunjung Lee, South Korea | Maxwell Lorca-Lloyd, Chile | Sejin Mathew, India | Junxuan Ou, China | Carlos Paez, Venezuela | Joel Parra, Spain | Marko Pecarski, Serbia | Filip Petrusev, Serbia | Luka Samanic, Croatia | Tyrese Samuel, Canada | Princepal Singh, India | Kody Stattmann, Australia | Yacine Toumi, Tunisia | Malcolm Tungo, Angola | Allen Udemadu, Nigeria | Kurt-Curry Wegscheider, Central Africa | Ke Xu, China
GIRLS ROSTER | Florencia Chagas, Argentina | Kobe King-Hawea, Australia | Jazmin Shelley, Australia | Billie Massey Belgium | Sara Heljic, Bosnia and Herzegovina | Lorena Vitoria Anunciacao, Brazil | Isadora Alves Cardoso Souza, Brazil | Piper Doo, Canada | Sarah Te-Biasu, Canada | Keishana Washington, Canada | Han Xu, China | Li Shan, China | Li Yuan, China | Solmilena Arias, Dominican Republic | Haby Niang, France | Iliana Rupert, France | Emily Bessoir, Germany | Pushpa Senthil Kumar, India | Samira Berrad, Italy | Ester Ana Gomes, Mozambique | Carla Budane, Mozambique | Mariama Sow, Senegal | Kutlwano Rapoo, South Africa | Jihyun Park, South Korea
Subject to change, the preceding are lists of participants of the fourth annual Basketball Without Borders Global Camp.
Congrats & good luck to the 8 @nbaacademy student-athletes who will participate in #BWBGlobal at #NBAAllStar next week! . 7’0 Center Francisco Caffaro 🇦🇷 6’7 Forward Aly Khalifa 🇪🇬 6’7 Wing Hyunjung Lee 🇰🇷 6’3 Guard Francisco Farabello 🇦🇷 6’8 Center Anyang Garang 🇦🇺 🇺🇬 6’3 Guard Kurt Curry 🇨🇫 6’9 Forward Princepal Singh 🇮🇳 6’5 Wing Sejin Mathew 🇮🇳