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Pelicans’ Diallo, Knicks’ Holiday, Bucks’ Maker, Nuggets’ Mudiay to Coach at Basketball Without Borders Camp

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced the top 67 boys and girls from 32 countries and territories who will travel to New Orleans for the third annual Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp.  The camp will be held Feb. 17-19 at the New Orleans Pelicans’ practice facility as part of NBA All-Star 2017, and Nike will serve as the official partner.

NBA and FIBA players and coaches, including Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans; Mali), Wayne Ellington (Miami Heat; U.S.), Justin Holiday (New York Knicks; U.S.), Meyers Leonard (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.), Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks; South Sudan; BWB Americas 2015/BWB Global 2016) and Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets; Democratic Republic of the Congo), will coach the top high school age campers from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Diallo, Ellington, Holiday, Leonard, Maker and Mudiay will be joined by former NBA player Adonal Foyle (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), former WNBA players Rushia Brown (U.S.), Ebony Hoffman (U.S.) and Ruth Riley (U.S.), as well as select players from the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.

“The Basketball without Borders Global Camp is a great opportunity for the top male and female prospects from around the world to compete against one another, learn directly from NBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches, and experience the excitement of NBA All-Star,” said NBA Vice President, International Basketball Operations & Head of Elite Basketball, Brooks Meek.  “The Basketball without Borders program was founded on the belief that basketball brings young players from different backgrounds together and transcends cultural boundaries.”

Current NBA assistant coaches Joe Connelly (Denver Nuggets), Jay Hernandez (Orlando Magic) and Fred Vinson (New Orleans Pelicans), along with Brooklyn Nets scout and NBA D-League Assistant GM Matt Riccardi, will also serve as BWB Global coaches.  Patrick Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches; Australia), Gersson Rosas (Houston Rockets; Colombia), Marin Sedlacek (Philadelphia 76ers; Serbia) and Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors; Nigeria) will serve as camp directors.  Former NBA trainer Wally Blase (U.S.) will serve as the camp’s athletic trainer.

Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication.  One boy and one girl will be named BWB Global Camp MVPs at the conclusion of the three-day camp.

The campers will attend the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night, and the 66th NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center.

 

 

The following is a complete list of players participating in the third annual BWB Global Camp:

 

 

GIRLS ROSTER:

Last Name

First Name

Country

Dongua

Geovana

Angola

Armato

Claudia

Australia

Epperson

Britney

Australia

D’Angelo

Chelsea

Australia

Gould

Cassidy

Australia

Lorde

Tower

Barbados

Brcaninovic

Melisa

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ugwu

Obalunanma

Brazil

Pickering

Mahkayla

British Virgin Islands

Fahie

Shaliqua

British Virgin Islands

Makolo

Roxane

Canada

Brown

Hailey

Canada

Pellington

Shaina

Canada

Tang

Zigi

China

Wang

Leyi

China

Kuier

Awak

Finland

Lathinen

Lotta-Maj

Finland

Bejedi

Sara

Finland

Prabhakara

Priyanka

India

Gulbe

Aleksa

Latvia

Coulibaly

Aissatou

Mali

Payan

Sofia

Mexico

Pinto

Chanaya

Mozambique

Sarr

Khadidiatou Bigue

Senegal

Hermosa

Nerea

Spain

Sahnan

Monique

United Kingdom

 

BOYS ROSTER:

Last Name

First Name

Country

De Sousa

Silvio

Angola

Buiamba

Glofate

Angola

Caffaro

Francisco

Argentina

Lopez

Lautaro Tomás

Argentina

Froling

Samson

Australia

Epperson

Jacob

Australia

Dalton

Callum

Australia

Tchamwa Tchatchoua

Jonathan

Cameroon

Barrett

R.J.

Canada

Shittu

Simi

Canada

Dort

Luguentz

Canada

Kirkwood

Noah

Canada

Akot

Emmanuel

Canada

Brazdeikis

Ignas

Canada

Nembhard

Andrew

Canada

Zhang

Kevin

China

Wang

Junjie

China

Sun

Haofeng

China

Mwamba

Patrick

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Raafat

Tarek

Egypt

Waxlax

Ricky

Finland

Mamukelashvili

Sandro

Georgia

Bonga

Isaac

Germany

Herkenhoff

Philipp

Germany

Verma

Aashay

India

Doumbia

Souleymane

Ivory Coast

Velicka

Arnas

Lithuania

Coulibaly

Abdoul Karim

Mali

Keita

Blaise

Mali

Sissoko

Moulaye Mamadou

Mali

Samuel

Taane

New Zealand

Clinton

Quinn

New Zealand

Bassey

Charles

Nigeria

Sjolund

Kristian

Norway

Faye

Cheikh

Senegal

Marjanovic

Andrija

Serbia

Koprivica

Balsa

Serbia

Yang

Jae-Min

South Korea

Martinez

Sergi

Spain

Brewer

Remy

Trinidad

Marnaoui

Oussama

Tunisia

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.