Recap: First-Ever Basketball Without Borders In Australia Finishes From Melbourne
The NBA, FIBA and the NBL – Australia’s National Basketball League – tipped off Basketball without Borders (BWB) Asia 2016 today at the Dandenong Basketball Stadium in Melbourne, marking the first time the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program is being held in Australia. Forty-five boys from 17 countries across Asia have gathered for the opportunity to learn directly from NBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches, including Australians Aron Baynes (Detroit Pistons), Dante Exum (Utah Jazz), Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz) and Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs). BWB Asia 2016 also includes a girls camp for the top female players in Victoria and a Jr. NBA camp for local youth, both of which tipped off today.
The day began with an opening press conference featuring remarks from the NBA, NBL and camp director Patrick Hunt, who also serves as the President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC). Following the proceedings, the campers participated in a life skills session led by former NBA player Bruce Bowen. The oncourt portion of the day began shortly after, with the campers going through positional skills development before breaking off into teams for scrimmages.
The first of three NBA Cares community outreach activities – a basketball clinic conducted for indigenous youth – was held in the afternoon.
The campers will return tomorrow for Day 2.
Day 2 of BWB Asia 2016 began with palpable excitement given Melbourne’s own Ben Simmons was selected 1st overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2016 NBA Draft. Inspired by Simmons, the campers took to the court with much enthusiasm to continue their own development, training directly under the attending players and coaches. The boys and girls were then broken up again to take part in scrimmages in the afternoon.
The second of three NBA Cares community outreach activities was also conducted in the morning at the RecWest YMCA Braybrook, where the NBA dedicated a newly revitalized basketball court.
NBA Legend David Robinson tipped off Day 3 of BWB Asia 2016 by addressing 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. Robinson gave the campers a treat when he demonstrated that, at age 50, he could still throw down a two-handed dunk.
After more scrimmaging in the afternoon, the preliminary round of the BWB Asia 3-Point Contest was conducted to crown the most proficient long-range shooter at the camp.
BWB Asia 2016 will move to Geelong Arena for the final day of the camp.
The fourth and final day of BWB Asia 2016 began at Geelong Arena with a wheelchair basketball clinic that the players and coaches took part in. Following that, the campers played in warm-up games to prepare for the All-Star exhibition. Inside a near capacity arena, the All-Star boys and girls named earlier in the day took to the court to showcase their talent. The 3-Point Contest Finals took place at halftime, with Hamish McDonald (New Zealand) taking home the shooting crown.
At the conclusion of the All-Star games, awards were then handed out to the standout campers. On the boys side, Samuel Waardenburg (New Zealand) was named camp MVP for his outstanding play over the course of the camp while Cassidy Gould (Australia) and Claudia Armato (Australia) were named camp MVPs for the girls. The MVPs will travel to the U.S. in February 2017 to take part in the third annual BWB Global Camp.
BAYNES, EXUM, INGLES, MIDDLETON AND MILLS HEADLINE FIRST BASKETBALL WITHOUT BORDERS CAMP IN AUSTRALIA
- NBA and FIBA’s Global Basketball Development and Community Outreach Program Celebrating its 15th Anniversary This Summer -
GEELONG, MELBOURNE, MIES, NEW YORK, June 6, 2016 – The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) today announced the top 45 boys from 17 countries who will travel to the first Basketball without Borders (BWB) Asia Camp in Australia, which will be held June 23-26 at Dandenong Basketball Stadium in Melbourne. BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this summer.
BWB Asia will bring together the top male players born between 1999 and 2001 from around the Asia-Pacific region to learn directly from NBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches, including Aron Baynes (Detroit Pistons; Australia), Dante Exum (Utah Jazz; Australia), Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz; Australia), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks; U.S.), and Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs; Australia).
Baynes, Exum, Ingles, Middleton and Mills will be joined by former NBA players Bruce Bowen (U.S.) and David Robinson (U.S.); current NBL players Igor Hadziomerovic (Melbourne United; Australia), Daniel Kickert (Brisbane Bullets; Australia), Majok Majok (Melbourne United; Australia), Nate Tomlinson (Melbourne United; Australia), and Lucas Walker (Adelaide 36’ers; Australia); former WNBA and WNBL player Lauren Jackson (Australia); former WNBL player Jan Stirling (Australia); and current NBL coaches Lanard Copeland (Sydney Kings; U.S./Australia), Dean Demopoulos (Melbourne United; U.S.), Andrew Gaze (Sydney Kings; Australia), and Mike Kelly (Melbourne United; U.S./Australia).
Current NBA assistant coaches Zach Guthrie (Utah Jazz), Charles Klask (Detroit Pistons), Jay Larranaga (Boston Celtics) and Jerry Stackhouse (Toronto Raptors; former NBA player; U.S.) will also serve as BWB Asia coaches. President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC) Patrick Hunt will serve as camp director.
Australian coaches will have the opportunity to learn from Demopoulos, Guthrie, Klask and Larranaga at an international coaching clinic June 25 at Dandenong Basketball Stadium. Coaches are encouraged to register now by visiting https://reg.sportingpulse.com/regoform.cgi?formID=58472.
BWB Asia will also include a girls camp for the top female players in Victoria and a Jr. NBA camp for local youth.
In addition to working with the campers on the court, NBA, FIBA and NBL players and coaches will lead extensive community outreach events through NBA Cares that will leave a lasting legacy in Melbourne and Geelong. These social responsibility efforts will focus on youth basketball development and teaching the values of the game, including teamwork, integrity and respect, on and off the court. Activities will include a Jr. NBA youth basketball clinic, an NBA Cares court dedication, a Jr. NBA wheelchair basketball exhibition game and clinics and life skills sessions with campers.
Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear.
Since 2001, BWB has reached more than 2,500 participants from 130 countries and territories, with 37 campers drafted into the NBA. Twenty-one former BWB campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2015-16 NBA season.
The first-ever Basketball without Borders camp took place in Europe in July 2001. Vlade Divac (Serbia) and Toni Kukoc (Croatia), together with former teammates from the Yugoslav national team, reunited to work with 50 children from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia and Montenegro at La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy. Since then, the NBA and FIBA have staged 45 BWB camps in 26 cities across 22 countries on five continents. More than 210 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined nearly 160 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world.
The full BWB 2016 summer schedule will be announced in the coming months.
The following is a complete list of players participating in the first BWB Asia Camp in Australia:
First Name Last Name Country
Alexander Mudronja Australia
Biar Garang Australia
Nicholas Stoddart Australia
Jason Gregg Australia
Benjamin Fakira Australia
Owen Hulland Australia
Jie Guo China
Yuxuan Liu China
Jiafeng Zhang China
Yansong Sun China
Jiaren Zhao China
Kuan-I Wu Chinese Taipei
Mao Wei-Chia Ku Chinese Taipei
Yen-Lin Chen Chinese Taipei
Kobe Sotelo Guam
Aashay Verma India
Baladhaneshwar Poiyamozhi India
Komang Arya Parta Wijaya Indonesia
Alborz Hasanzadehzoshki Iran
Mohammadjavad Mahmoodi Iran
Seyed Shahriar Arefifar Iran
Seishin Yokochi Japan
Shugo Asai Japan
Sota Okura Japan
Abdullah Alsawalhi Jordan
Georges El Beyrouty Lebanon
Karim Zeinoun Lebanon
Joon Kang Lee Malaysia
Samuel Waardenburg New Zealand
Daniel Fotu New Zealand
Quinn Clinton New Zealand
Hamish McDonald New Zealand
Callum McRae New Zealand
Taane Samuel New Zealand
Jed Cedrick Colonia Philippines
John Mark Lagumen Philippines
Paul Mathew Manalang Philippines
Yong-An Thng Singapore
Yunghi Ha South Korea
Sunghyun Choe South Korea
Jaehyun Oh South Korea
Yongwoo Yi South Korea
Jdar Sonsem Thailand
Shukhrat Muradhadjaev Uzbekistan