2019 NBA All-Star Fifth Annual Basketball Without Borders Global Camp

BWB Global Camp 2018 participants (Credit: NBAE/Getty Images)

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) have announced the top 63 boys and girls from 31 countries and regions who will travel to Charlotte for the fifth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp. The camp will be held Friday, Feb. 15 – Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Queens University of Charlotte Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation as part of NBA All-Star 2019, and NIKE will serve as the official partner.  

2019 NBA All-Stars Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets; Serbia) and Nikola Vučević (Orlando Magic; Montenegro), 2018 No. 1 overall draft pick and former BWB camper Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns; Bahamas; BWB Global 2016), and 2017-18 All Rookie Second Team member Bogdan Bogdanović (Sacramento Kings; Serbia) will coach the top high school age campers from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. 

Jokić, Vučević, Ayton and Bogdanović will be joined by NBA veteran Festus Ezeli (Nigeria), former NBA players Adonal Foyle (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and Michael Ray Richardson (U.S.), Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member Jennifer Azzi (U.S.), former WNBA players Allison Feaster (U.S.), Ashley Battle (U.S.), Taj McWilliams-Franklin (U.S.), Astou N’Diaye (Senegal) and Andrea Stinson (U.S.), as well as select players participating in NBA All-Star 2019. Charlotte Hornets assistant coaches Dutch Gaitley (U.S.), Nate Mitchell (Canada) and Ronald Nored (U.S.), along with 76ers assistant coach John Bryant (U.S.) and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen (U.S.) will also serve as BWB Global coaches.  

Among the record 27 former Basketball Without Borders campers on opening-night NBA rosters for the 2018-19 season (active and inactive), nine participated in the BWB Global Camp, including Ayton, 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie First Team member Lauri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls; Finland; BWB Europe 2014; BWB Global 2015), and 2016 No. 7 overall draft pick Jamal Murray (Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015).

Patrick Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches; Australia), Gersson Rosas (Houston Rockets; Colombia), Marin Sedlacek (76ers; Serbia) and Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors; Nigeria) will be the camp directors. Hornets trainer Adam Linens will serve as the camp’s strength and conditioning coach and athletic trainer.  

Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, skill development stations, 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 camp will feature 10 current prospects from NBA Academies, the league’s network of elite basketball training centers around the world for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S., and five prospects who participated in The NBA Academies Women’s Program, a series of basketball development camps for top female prospects from outside the U.S at the league’s academies. Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Mexico City, Mexico; Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), India; and Saly, Senegal. Ten NBA Academies prospects have committed to NCAA Division 1 schools.

The camp will be officiated by representatives from the NBA’s Referee Development Program, which provides rising professionals and former players with the skills necessary to pursue a career as a referee in the NBA, WNBA and NBA G League.

The campers will attend MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, and the 68th NBA All-Star Game at Spectrum Center.

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

BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has reached more than 3,300 participants from 129 countries and territories since 2001, with more than 55 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents. The NBA and FIBA have staged 56 BWB camps in 35 cities across 28 countries on six continents. More than 290 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined more than 225 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world.

Follow the camp using the hashtag #BWBGlobal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Find out more about NBA Academies at nbaacademy.nba.com and on Instagram (nbaacademy).

The following is a complete list of players participating in the fifth annual BWB Global Camp (rosters are subject to change):

GIRLS ROSTER:

 

Last Name

First Name

Country

Saadaoui

Meriem

Algeria

Dizeko

Alexia

Angola

Chagas

Florencia

Argentina

*Acevedo

Sofia

Argentina

Potter

Gemma

Australia

Henderson

Kitty

Australia

*Cardoso

Kamilla

Brazil

Edwards

Aaliyah Mckenzie

Canada

Ejim

Yvonne Uju

Canada

Zheng

Ming

China

Muhl

Nika

Croatia

*Haytham Abudullah

Jana

Egypt

Wadoux

Zoe

France

Bessoir

Emily

Germany

*Niranjan

Grishma

India

Hayashi

Misa

Japan

Visockaite

Simona

Lithuania

Sangare

Aminata

Mali

Valenzuela Medina

Mariana

Mexico

 Paxixe

Chana Maria

Mozambique

Leger-Walker

Charlisse

New Zealand

*Ndiaye Gueye 

Sabou

Senegal

Gomez

Claudia

Spain

Fitik

Göksen

Turkey

 

BOYS ROSTER:

 

Last Name

First Name

Country/Region

Chapero

Tomas

Argentina

*Armstrong

Taran

Australia

*Wigness

Tamuri

Australia

Da Silva

Vinicius

Brazil

*Wade

Malik

Brazil

Kepnang Ndjong

Franck

Cameroon

Ambrose-Hylton

Keon

Canada

McNeilly

Cashius

Canada

Patterson

Addison

Canada

Moncrieffe

Matthew-Alexander

Canada

Yang

Xihao

China

Hao

Dai

China

Ma

Chien-Hao

Chinese Taipei

Rudan

Matej

Croatia

*Khalifa

Aly

Egypt

Hayes

Killian

France

Gauzin

Matthieu

France

*Tomar

HarshWardhan

India

Avdija

Deni

Israel

Tanaka

Chikara

Japan

Tominaga

Keisei

Japan

Kancleris

Modestas

Lithuania

*Ballo

Oumar

Mali

Kljajic

Jovan

Montenegro

Enaruna

Tristan

Netherlands

Mennenga

Samuel

New Zealand

Omoyuri

Cliff

Nigeria

Calistus

Chukwudalu

Nigeria

*Joseph Junior

Nelly

Nigeria

*Miranda

Jermaine

Puerto Rico

Rosa

Victor

Puerto Rico

Strawther

Julian

Puerto Rico

Zakharov

Pavel

Russia

Diop

Khalifa

Senegal

Sylla

Amar

Senegal

*Mbaye

Mamadou Lamine

Senegal

Pokusevski

Aleksej

Serbia

Popovic

Nemanja

Serbia

*Vescovi

Santiago

Uruguay

 *NBA Academies Prospect

 

 

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