Basketball Without Borders Europe


Basketball Without Borders Europe will take place from July 24-27 in Treviso, Italy. The camp will feature 50 young basketball players, ages 16-18, from across Europe who will receive instruction from NBA players and coaches, including: Jiri Welsch (Czech Republic), Stanislav Medvedenko (Ukraine), Samuel Dalembert (Haiti) and former Bullets center Gheorghe Muresan (Romania).

As part of NBA.com's coverage of the Summer of Goodwill, we'll provide daily updates from Italy, including photos and web log entries on the latest events.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 28: WHO STOOD OUT?

Slava Medvedenko talks with Martynas Andriuskevicius. (Say that five times fast.) Fabio Bozanni/NBAE



All of the kids at Basketball Without Borders Europe came to learn from NBA coaches and players and improve their game. A number of them stood out and showcased some impressive skills. As the camp wrapped up, NBA.com talked with a few camp observers to get the low down on some of the top players in camp this year.

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TUESDAY, JULY 27: MAIL CALL FOR WELSCH

Boston's Jiri Welsch demonstrates some moves for a young European player in Italy. Fabio Bozanni/NBAE



Boston Celtics guard Jiri Welsch is in Treviso, Italy, taking part in Basketball Without Borders Europe and coaching top European basketball players. He answered fan e-mail on everything from his experience at the camp to his predictions for the coming NBA season under new head coach Doc Rivers.

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MONDAY, JULY 26: HAVE BALL, WILL TRAVEL

Global basketball scouting has exploded, and Basketball Without Borders is just one stop on the ride. Fabio Bozanni/NBAE



NBA teams have expanded their scouting networks to include almost every major country. At Basketball Without Borders Europe, NBA.com talked with international scouts from three NBA teams. As Masai Ujiri, a scout with the Denver Nuggets said, "There is no running away from it. You have to cover everywhere. Basketball globally has gotten better, the skill level has gotten better. What some of the international kids are doing in the NBA is amazing."

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SUNDAY, JULY 25: MORE THAN BASKETBALL

Gheorghe Muresan battles during a (very) big man drill in Treviso on Sunday. Fabio Bozanni/NBAE



As part of Sunday's program, the campers took part in a UNICEF clinic on HIV/AIDS awareness. U.S. Funds for UNICEF President Chip Lyons said the UNICEF/NBA partnership is a perfect fit: "There's not a place where the NBA is and kids are playing basketball where UNICEF isn't working."

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SATURDAY, JULY 24: CAMP BEGINS

Nike Global Basketball director Rich Sheubrooks talks to campers at Basketball Without Borders Europe. Fabio Bozanni/NBAE


Basketball Without Borders Europe began on Saturday as fifty players from 26 different countries descended on Treviso, Italy. The players checked in, got split up into teams, and immediately began scrimmaging. "I'm quite excited," said Yoni Shiefer, a 17-year-old from Israel. "I will be playing against players much better than me. It's another opportunity to learn stuff and improve my basketball."

FRIDAY, JULY 23: Q&A WITH SAMUEL DALEMBERT

Samuel Dalembert stands on the Rialto Bridge in Venice on Friday. Camp starts on Saturday. Eric Weinstein/NBAE


Sixers center Samuel Dalembert was the first to arrive in Treviso for Basketball Without Borders Europe. His first time in Italy, Samuel enjoyed an afternoon in Treviso on Thursday. We caught up to him on Friday morning following a workout to answer fan mailbox questions.

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July 24-27, 2004
Treviso, Italy
La Ghirada Sport Center (Benetton)
CAMP COACHES


Samuel Dalembert
Haiti Philadelphia 76ers


Slava Medvedenko
Ukraine Los Angeles Lakers


Gheorghe Muresan
Romania Former NBA center


Jiri Welsch
Czech Republic Boston Celtics


P.J. Carlesimo
San Antonio Spurs assistant coach


Gary Colson
Memphis Grizzlies, Basketball Operations


Dick Harter
Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach


Paul Westhead
Orlando Magic assistant coach