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Thursday / February 22.
  • Five-star big man Khaman Maluach among prep players invited to Basketball Without Borders Camp at NBA All-Star Game

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    Five-star big man Khaman Maluach is among the prep stars invited to the eighth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global camp Friday, Feb. 16 – Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Mojo Up Sports Complex as part of NBA All-Star 2024 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Maluach, the 7-foot-2 native of South Sudan, visited Duke last month and has trips set up to Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and NBA G League Ignite in the coming weeks. Junior guard Danny Carbuccia of Archbishop Stepinac (NY) will also represent the Dominican Republic at the camp.

    The camp, which will be open to NBA team personnel, will bring together 40 of the top high-school-age prospects from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe to participate in athletic testing, movement efficiency, skill development stations, shooting and skills competitions, life skills seminars and 5-on-5 games under the guidance of current and former NBA and WNBA players, legends and coaches, including Joakim Noah and Detlef Schrempf. 

    Several members of the NBA Coaching Development Program (CDP), which assists former players who are looking to transition into the coaching ranks and further deepen the pipeline of coaching talent across leagues, will also serve as BWB Global 2024 coaches, including four-time WNBA champion Cynthia Cooper, former NBA players Joey Dorsey and Flip Murray, former NBA G League player Wayne Blackshear, and Seattle Storm assistant coach and former WNBA player Ebony Hoffman. 

    A ceremony on the final day of the camp will award the Kim Bohuny Camp MVP, the Patrick Baumann Sportsmanship Award, the Three-Point Champion, the Defensive MVP and the Playoff MVP to the campers who distinguish themselves on the court and as leaders.  The campers will attend the 73rd NBA All-Star Game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse later that day.  

    Among the 41 former BWB campers on opening-night NBA rosters this season (active and inactive), 29 participated in BWB Global, including 2024 NBA All-Star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder; Canada; BWB Global 2016), Deandre Ayton (Portland Trail Blazers; Bahamas; BWB Global 2016), RJ Barrett (Toronto Raptors; Canada; BWB Global 2017), Rui Hachimura (Los Angeles Lakers; Japan; BWB Global 2016), Lauri Markkanen (Utah Jazz; Finland; BWB Global 2015), Bennedict Mathurin (Indiana Pacers; Canada; ties to Haiti; BWB Global 2020) and Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015).

    BWB Global 2024 will be supported by Nike, a global partner of BWB since 2002, which will outfit participants with Nike apparel and footwear, and Gatorade, which will keep players and coaches hydrated throughout the camp.

    Aside from Maluach, the camp will feature eight other current prospects from NBA Academy, a year-round elite basketball development program that provides top high-school-age athletes from outside the U.S. with a holistic approach to player development and a predictable pathway to maximize their potential: Luke Fennell (Australia), Gabriel Ferreira (Brazil), Jacob Furphy (Australia), Aleksandar Gavalyugov (Bulgaria), Julius Halaifonua (New Zealand), Assane Mandian (Senegal), Hamad Mousa (Qatar) and Aginaldo Neto (Angola).

    BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has reached more than 4,300 participants from 140 countries and territories since 2001, with 114 former campers advancing to the NBA or WNBA.  The NBA and FIBA have staged 72 BWB camps in 48 cities across 33 countries on six continents.

    (via NBA Release)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. 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.

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