BWB Africa Opens Up In Johannesburg

Day one of the ninth installment of Basketball without Borders Africa tipped-off today with an opening press conference at King Edward VII School in Johannesburg, South Africa. Under cloudless blue skies, Amadou Fall, NBA Vice President of Development - Africa, greeted the guests, campers, NBA legends and coaches, and media and set the tone for an exciting first day of camp.

The 60 BWB campers from 24 countries were quickly divided up into positions and run through a series of morning skills stations led by the NBA legends and coaches. This was the first chance for the campers to show off their talent for the coaches who will be drafting them in to teams at the BWB Draft. Evaluations continued in the afternoon with scrimmages.

The highlight of the afternoon was a Special Olympics basketball clinic for 60 athletes from around Johannesburg. The NBA and WNBA legends and coaches ran the athletes through four stations teaching game fundamentals like dribbling, passing, defense and layups. A little friendly competition was on order in a four team relay race before the group gathered for a final photo and an exchange of pins.

  • 60
    players from all over Africa
  • 20
    countries represented
  • 21
    Legends and coaches will run the camp
  • Dee Brown
    Brown was famous for his no-look dunk in the 1991 Slam Dunk Contest, but the 12-year NBA veteran has taken his passion for the game into front offices and coaching jobs in the WNBA and D-League.

  • Patrick Ewing
    The Jamaican-born Ewing played 17 years in the NBA, assembling a Hall of Fame career that ranks among the best in the history of the NBA, while his humanitarian efforts make him a Legend.

  • Jeff Hornacek
    Now an assistant coach with the Jazz, the sharp-shooting Hornacek played for 14 years in the NBA, providing an outside threat for the great Utah teams of the 90's.

  • Bo Outlaw
    Throughout Outlaw's 14-year NBA career, the 6-foot-8 forward was one of the best defenders and most athletic players in the league.

  • Alonzo Mourning
    The seven-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year played most of his 16-year career with the Miami Heat, where he finally won a title in 2006. But his work in the community far exceeds that on the court.

  • Dikembe Mutombo
    One of the most influential humanitarians in the history of sports, let alone the NBA, the shot-blocking machine played 18 years in the NBA, earning eight All-Star nods and four Defensive Player of the Year awards.

  • Edna Campbell
    Known across the sports world for continuing to play in the WNBA while undergoing treatment for breast cancer, Campbell is a hero to many and the league's national spokesperson for its anti-cancer efforts with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

  • Tamika Raymond
    Now a coach at Kansas University and of the Indian Senior National Team, Raymond played for seven years in the WNBA, setting a single-season record for shooting percentage in 2003 at 66.8 percent.