NEW YORK, Jan. 31 – For the fifth consecutive season, five boys and five girls selected from more than 750,000 members, have been named to the 2005-06 Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Team and will be honored guests at the 55th NBA All-Star Game in Houston, the NBA announced today. The showcase event for the National Team will take place on Sunday, February 19, when the squad takes on a team of local Houston Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA All-Stars on Center Court of NBA All-Star Jam Session at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center.

The 2005-06 Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Team presented by Gatorade and Nike recognizes male and female youth basketball players from member leagues throughout the country who are skilled basketball players, great teammates and exemplify good sportsmanship and leadership on the court, in the classroom and in their communities.

As part of this unique weekend experience, the National Team will travel to Houston on Friday, Feb. 17, to represent the 750,000 boys and girls playing in Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA leagues throughout the United States and abroad. With the international growth of the program, for the first time, members of the Jr. NBA China National Team will join in on the festivities. In addition to their exhibition games on Sunday morning and a clinic with Special Olympics athletes, the National Team and the Jr. NBA China team will be introduced to a sold-out crowd during All-Star Saturday Night and attend Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game.

“We are celebrating the international expansion of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program as we honor this year’s National Team and Jr. NBA China,” said Kathy Behrens, NBA senior vice president, community and player programs. “We know this experience will be a memorable one, and that it will show other young players what they can accomplish with hard work both on and off the court.”

Every Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA league director across the country had the opportunity to nominate one boy and one girl, ages 11-12, in their program. Thirty finalists were identified for the National Team by an independent national selection committee made up of Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA officials, NBA and WNBA team representatives, co-presenting sponsors Nike and Gatorade and ESPN commentator and Basketball Hall-of-Famer, Bill Walton. Ten players were then chosen from the finalists.

Boys Team
Player Name Age Hometown League NBA/WNBA Affiliation
Brandon Fields
12 Brazoria, TX Kids Kingdom Foundation Houston Rockets/Comets
Timothy Hamlett 11 Englewood Cliffs, NJ Our Lady of Mount Carmel New Jersey Nets
Anthony James Kidston 12 Toledo, OH Academy Athletic Association Cleveland Cavaliers
Aaron Seguin 12 Toronto, ON Scarborough Basketball Association Toronto Raptors
Danny Thomson 13 Seattle, WA Ballard Boys & Girls Club Seattle Sonics/Storm

Girls Team
Player Name Age Hometown League NBA/WNBA Affiliation
Jercara R. Carthane
12 Pontiac, MI City of Pontiac Girls Basketball Detroit Pistons/Shock
Felecia Coleman 11 Oveido, FL Winter Springs Basketball League Orlando Magic
Asia Dozier 12 Columbia, SC Northeast Youth Basketball League Charlotte Bobcats/Sting
Kelsey Garvella 12 Rocklin, CA City of Rocklin Dept. of Community Services Sacramento Kings/Monarchs
Destiny Shearin 12 Woodbridge, VA Hylton Boys & Girls Club Washington Wizards/Mystics

2006 Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Team All-Star Schedule
Friday, February 17
National Team arrives
5:00 p.m. – Welcome reception
8:00 p.m. – National Team and Jr. NBA China attend NBA Welcome Party at NASA

Saturday, February 18
9:00 a.m. – Breakfast with Basketball Hall-of-Famer Bob Lanier
12:00 p.m. – National Team and Jr. NBA China joint workout
5:45 p.m. – National Team and Jr. NBA China introduced at NBA All-Star Saturday Night

Sunday, February 19
9:00 a.m. – Jr. NBA China vs. Jr. NBA Houston
10:00 a.m. – National Team vs. Houston All-Stars on NBA All-Star Jam Session Center Court
12:00 p.m. – National Team and Jr. NBA China participate in a clinic with Special Olympians
5:00 p.m. – National Team attends 2005 NBA All-Star Game

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