Deng to take part in Basketball without Borders Africa
LONDON AND JOHANNESBURG – Aug. 27, 2012 – Chicago Bulls Luol Deng, a native of South Sudan, will join a group of NBA players and coaches to lead sixty of the top young basketball players from across Africa for Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced. The tenth African edition of the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from August 30 through September 2.
Luol Deng will join the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Serge Ibaka (Congo), Nick Collison, Thabo Sefolosha and Cole Aldrich, Milwaukee Bucks Luc Mbah A Moute (Cameroon), Brooklyn Nets C.J. Watson, and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (DRC). Deng, Sefolosha, Ibaka, Collison, Mbah a Moute and Mutombo have all previously participated in BWB camps, Mbah a Moute as both a camper (2003) and an NBA player coach.
Players from 26 countries will travel over 100,000 kilometers from all four corners of the African continent and descend on Johannesburg for the four-day basketball camp. The players, including four from South Africa and one from the newly formed Republic of South Sudan, were selected by FIBA, the NBA and participating federations based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport.
Running concurrently to the boys’ camp, 25 elite female South African players (ages 18 and under) will take part in a three-day girls’ camp, with expert instruction by WNBA Legend and six-time WNBA All-Star Chamique Holdsclaw.
For the duration of both events, campers will work on improving their basketball skills through drills, daily scrimmages, and competitions with top instruction from the NBA and WNBA players and coaches. Both camps will feature daily life skills sessions, in partnership with UNICEF and Hoops 4 Hope, in which NBA and WNBA players will speak about the importance of education, leadership, and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Campers will be hosted by St. John’s College, with the on-court action taking place at the King Edwards VII School.
This will be the tenth edition of the BWB Africa camp, and the ninth to be held in South Africa. More than 100 NBA players, legends and other personnel, along with nearly 900 campers, have participated since the first camp in 2003, with five former BWB Africa campers making the transition to the NBA, including Mbah A Moute.
NBA coaches and personnel attending the camp include Ron Adams (Chicago Bulls); Jim Boylan (Milwaukee Bucks); Luca Desta (Dallas Mavericks); Patrick Hunt (FIBA Coach); BJ Johnson (Houston Rockets); Popeye Jones (Brooklyn Nets); Milton Newton (Washington Wizards) and Patrick Mutombo (Denver Nuggets). Keith Jones from the Houston Rockets and Brian Zettler from the Utah Jazz join as camp trainers, whilst Phoenix Suns General Manager Lance Blanks and Denver Nuggets General Manager Masai Ujiri from Nigeria, the first African general manager of a US sports franchise, return as camp directors.