Basketball Without Borders, Global Camp 2016 Recap
Day 3 RecapThe third and final day of the second annual Basketball without Borders Global Camp began with a warm-up, combine drills and movement efficiency training before the boys transitioned to shooting competitions, positional skill development, three 16-minute 5 on 5 games and ultimately a championship game.
Former BWB camper Danilo Gallinari (Denver Nuggets; Italian senior menís national team; BWB Europe 2003) then addressed the boys and girls about what his participation in BWB taught him and how to stay focused as you face challenges in your career. At the award ceremony, Harry Froling (Australia) was named camp MVP for his outstanding play over the three days. The boys then took photos with one another while the girls portion of the camp concluded with positions skill development and a scrimmage against a local girls team.
The second annual BWB Global Camp was a resounding success. The third annual BWB Global Camp will be held at NBA All-Star 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Day 2 Recap
After watching Team USA defeat Team World 157-154 in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, the campers returned to the court on Saturday for Day 2 in front of league and team personnel as well as media from around the world. Current NBA players in attendance included former BWB camper Greivis Vasquez (Milwaukee Bucks; Venezuelan senior menís national team; BWB Americas 2004), C.J. McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.) and NBA Legend Yao Ming. While C.J. served as a guest host for NBA TVís Inside Stuff, Greivis got into the action with the campers, participating in positional development and shooting drills before the boys broke into scrimmages.
The highlight of the day was when Yao Ming addressed all of the campers about the keys to success on and off the court and the importance of being a professional in every aspect of life. Yao fielded questions from the campers before posing for a group photo.
After the life skills session with Yao, the girls worked on skill development before scrimmaging to conclude the day. The campers then attended State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, where they saw Karl-Anthony Towns win the Taco Bellģ Skills Challenge, Klay Thompson win the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and Zach LaVine win his second consecutive Sprite Slam Dunk.
The campers will return tomorrow for the third and final day of the second annual BWB Global Camp.
Day 1 RecapIn conjunction with the first NBA All-Star ever held outside the United States, the NBA and FIBA tipped-off the second-annual Basketball without Borders Global Camp this morning at Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto. More than 50 of the top high-school age boys and girls from 27 countries and territories took the court and had the opportunity to learn from former BWB camper Bruno Caboclo (Toronto Raptors; Brazil; BWB Americas 2013), Bismack Biyombo (Toronto Raptors; Democratic Republic of the Congo), current NBA assistant coach Jama Mahlalela (Toronto Raptors), and Camp Director Gersson Rosas (Houston Rockets), among others.
The campers began the day with combine drills and movement efficiency training before breaking into shooting competitions and positional skill development. The on-court portion of the boysí day concluded with five on five games before a life skills session with Bismack Biyombo. In the afternoon, the girls focused on positional development led by WNBA player Natalie Achonwa (Indiana Fever; Canadian senior womenís national team).
The campersí day concluded at the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, which for the second consecutive year featured a USA vs. World format, featuring 10 players each from the U.S. and abroad.
The campers will return tomorrow for Day 2, headlined by an appearance by NBA Legend Yao Ming (China).