NBA And FIBA Announce 2014 Basketball Without Borders Africa Participants

- NBA Players and Coaches to Mentor More Than 50 Top Young Players from 20 African Countries -

JOHANNESBURG, JULY 25, 2014 – The top young basketball talent from 20 African countries have been named ahead of the 12th edition of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced today. BWB is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program that uses the sport to create positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness, and will once again be held in Johannesburg from Aug. 5 – 8, 2014.

More than 50 players from 20 countries will travel from all corners of the continent for the four-day camp. The players, ages 17 and under, were selected by FIBA, the NBA and participating federations based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport.

Additionally, 25 elite female South African players ages 18 and under will take part in the BWB Girls Camp, with expert instruction from former WNBA players Kelley Cain and Clarisse Machanguana. Machanguana currently plays with the Mozambique Women’s National Team.

BWB not only focuses on improving basketball skills through basketball stations, daily scrimmages, and tournament play, but also includes daily life-skills seminars, in partnership with Hoops 4 Hope, on topics such as leadership, character development, gender equality, and HIV/AIDS prevention and education.

NBA players expected to attend BWB Africa 2014 include 2014 All-Star DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors), Andrei Kirilenko (Brooklyn Nets), Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons), Thabo Sefolosha (Atlanta Hawks), Roger Mason Jr. (formerly of the Miami Heat), and NBA Legend and Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo. NBA head coaches expected to attend the camp include Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors), Lionel Hollins (Brooklyn Nets) and Brian Shaw (Denver Nuggets). Masai Ujiri, President & General Manager, Basketball Operations (Toronto Raptors) and a Nigeria native, will serve as camp director.

By the end of summer 2014, the NBA and FIBA will have staged 39 BWB camps in 22 cities in 19 countries on five continents since 2003. BWB will have hosted more than 2,200 participants from more than 120 countries and territories. More than 150 different current and former NBA/WNBA players have joined nearly 140 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams, with 33 BWB campers drafted into the NBA. This June, Joel Embiid became the highest-drafted BWB Africa camper ever when he was selected third overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. Embiid, a Cameroon native, participated in BWB Africa 2011 in Johannesburg.

Co-organized by the NBA and FIBA, this year’s camp features Nike, South African Airways, and Spalding as BWB Marketing Partners.

The following is a complete list of players participating in Basketball without Borders Africa 2014:

Country First Name Last Name
Algeria Anis Hichem Bovadjadja
Algeria Haichour Ibrahim Mahdi
Angola Cristiano Gomes
Angola Jonatao Ndjungo
Bostwana Eric Sentogo
Burkina Faso Axel Kabore
Cameroon Elisee Stephane Ayangma Agoume
Cameroon Ghislain Bruel Simo Kamga
Cameroon Marc Olivier Besse Ngniah
Cameroon Marc Maynard
Cape Verde Helder De Pina Varela
Central African Rep. Privat da Saint Maxime Koyamba
Dem. Rep. Congo Maloka Dialembokembi
Dem. Rep. Congo Mpaka Jonathan Luasa
Dem. Rep. Congo Munanga Shekina
Dem. Rep. Congo Elie Lomingo Kedina
Dem. Rep. Congo Bretner Mulamba Mutombo
Egypt Ahmed Hamed
Egypt Aly Elraei
Egypt Ibrahim Osman
Egypt Seifeldin Elsandily
Ghana Nathan Mensah
Ghana Joel Mensah
Ivory Coast Romaric Kakou
Ivory Coast Souleymane Doumbia
Kenya Amos Ayayo Aduke
Mali Ousmane Traore
Mali Nabil Issa Kone
Mali Amadou Sow
Mali Namakan Traore
Mozambique Perclice Do Rosario
Mozambique Bruno Parse
Nigeria Chris Agbo
Nigeria Jared Godwin Wonah
Nigeria Mike Oche (Onjewu)
Nigeria Garba Umar
Nigeria Tunde Ayodeji
Nigeria Oscar Ikechukwu Okeke
Nigeria Ago Celdric Kator
Rwanda Phenias Bagabo
Senegal Matar Gueye
Senegal Pape Abdoulaye Dieng
Senegal Abdoulaye Tanor Ngom
Senegal Lamine Diane
Senegal Ousseynou Sarr
Senegal Abdel Haydy Seydi
Senegal Thierno Diongue Keita
South Africa Luca Lunneman
South Africa Lutchiano Peterson
South Africa Liam Reid-Laynes
Tunisia Mohamed Amine Aouichi
Tunisia Eskander Bhouri
Tunisia Mohamed Selmi
Uganda Edgar Nathan Osiapil
Zambia Mike Banda
  • 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