Mohamed Bamba, the 7-foot Texas freshman who is a projected lottery pick in 2018, also went on a school-sponsored trip last spring.
My bro Ron and part of the Montverde Academy -Orlando basketball team on Nike two week trip to China! pic.twitter.com/29NNE0bK— Darryl Harris (@DarrylHarris) April 22, 2012
Over 300 million Chinese people play basketball and another 300 million have access to NBA games that are televised daily.
“The popularity of the NBA in China is at an all-time high,” NBA China CEO David Shoemaker said in March when the league announced several preseason games for China in October.
Fourteen NBA teams have played 24 games in Greater China since 2004, in Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei.On the college level, UCLA and Georgia Tech will play in the Pac-12 China Game on Nov. 10 in Shanghai. Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner and his team were slated to leave Friday. “Georgia Tech has a campus in China, so it’s a great opportunity” Pastner said on The 4 Quarters Podcast. “For us the opportunities to experience some different things, that none of us, including myself, would have an opportunity if it wasn’t for basketball.” He added: “Basketball is a global game and the facts are, for us and UCLA it’s such a great chance to expose your brand to a whole new section of the world in a sense.”