BWB Day 4 Recap: A Visit to the Vatican

BWB Europe 2014 wrapped up today at the Stella Azzurra Basketball Academy in Rome. The 50 best young basketball players from across Europe had been put through their paces over the last four days learning from some of the best the game has to offer. From meeting and interacting with players from other countries to visiting the sites of Rome, it was a truly unforgettable experience.

The day was highlighted by the All-Star game that featured the top 20 kids as selected by the NBA coaches. The White Team was coached by Ron Adams, Brian Hill, Patrick Hunt, Gigi Datome, Brandon Knight, and Vladimir Radmanovic. The Blue Team was coached by Darvin Ham, Andrea Bargnani, Al Horford, Danilo Gallinari, Melvin Hunt, and Hanno Mottola.

From the 6’2 Spaniard Sergei Garcia, to the 6’11 Lauri Markkanen from Finland, a total of 16 countries were represented in what proved to be a very competitive game that ended with a victory for the Blue Team, 58-49.

The three-point contest saw Lithuanian Martynas Vamas, complete an impressive score of 15 to take the title.

France took home the MVP honors with Stephane Gombauld being named All-Star Game MVP and Luc Loubaki taking home BWB Europe Camp MVP.

Camp MVP Luc commented, ‘This has been a great experience and I consider myself very lucky. It was great to be coached by the NBA players and the one thing I will retain more than anything is that you have to put in the work. My goal is to get to the highest level possible and play in the NBA, but to get their will involve a lot of hard work and dedication.’

For the Nuggets Danilo Gallinari, the camp was particularly memorable; “It’s crazy because Basketball Without Borders started in Italy more than 10 years ago, and I was able to be part of it as a basketball player as a young kid when I was 15 and when I was 16,” Gallinari said. “I loved it when I was taking part as a young basketball player, so to be able to do it now as an NBA player, coaching the young guys I think is a blessing. I wish all the kids well and maybe one day, they too will return to BWB as a NBA player.”
  • Basketball Without Borders Asia
    Melbourne, Australia: June 23-26
  • Basketball without Borders Europe
    Lohja, Finland: Sept. 7-10
  • Basketball without Borders Africa
    Luanda, Angola: Aug 31-Sept 3