Dragic, Sabonis and Mozgov to coach at Basketball Without Borders

2018-02-08T16:44:42+00:00 2018-02-08T16:47:26+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

08/Feb/18 16:44


Several NBA players, including major European stars, are going to coach some top youth talents in the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp.

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

Miami Heat guard and EuroBasket 2017 champion Goran Dragic, Brooklyn Nets center Timofey Mozgov and Indiana Pacers center Domantas Sabonis are among the NBA players that will coach in the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp.

The related announcement by FIBA is as follows:

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Thursday announced the top 65 boys and girls from 36 countries who will travel to Los Angeles for the fourth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp.

The camp will be held from February 16-18 at the Los Angeles Lakers‘ practice facility as part of NBA All-Star 2018, and Nike will serve as the official partner.

Five-time NBA All-Star Al Horford (Boston Celtics; Dominican Republic) and 2018 NBA All-Star Goran Dragic (Miami Heat; Slovenia), along with Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers; Lithuania), Timofey Mozgov (Brooklyn Nets; Russia) and Sam Dekker (LA Clippers; U.S.), will coach the top high school age campers from ATfrica, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Horford, Dragic, Sabonis, Mozgov and Dekker will be joined by NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), former NBA players Adonal Foyle (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Michael Cooper (U.S.), Acie Law (U.S.), Pops Mensah-Bonsu (England), Bostjan Nachbar (Slovenia), Mamadou N’Diaye (Senegal), Cherokee Parks (U.S.), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Rod Strickland (U.S) and Ronny Turiaf (France), Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame members Jennifer Azzi (U.S.) and Ann Meyers-Drysdale (U.S.), former WNBA players Lindsey Harding (U.S.), Ebony Hoffman (U.S.), Ruth Riley (U.S.) and Michele Van Gorp (U.S.), as well as select players participating in NBA All-Star 2018.

For the first time in BWB history, the camp will feature nine current prospects from NBA Academies, the league’s network of elite basketball training centers around the world for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S. Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Mexico City, Mexico; Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), India; and Thies, Senegal.

Current NBA assistant coaches John Bryant (Philadelphia 76ers), Ed Pinckney (Minnesota Timberwolves), Jonah Herscu (Los Angeles Lakers) and Will Scott (Los Angeles Lakers), former NBA head coach and 1992 USA “Dream Team” assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo, former NBA champion head coach Paul Westhead, and USA Basketball coach Don Showalter 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 (76ers; Serbia) and Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors; Nigeria) will be the 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 camp will be officiated by representatives from the NBA’s Referee Development Program, which provides rising professionals and former players with the skills necessary to pursue a career as a referee in the NBA, WNBA or NBA G League.

The campers will attend Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars, State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night, and the 67th NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center.

Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear.

The following is a complete list of players participating in the fourth annual BWB Global Camp (rosters are subject to change):

Girls roster
Florencia Chagas (ARG) Kobe King-Hawea (AUS) Jazmin Shelley (AUS) Billie Massey (BEL)
Sara Heljic (BIH) Lorena Vitoria Anunciacao (BRA) Isadora Alves Cardoso Souza (BRA) Piper Doo (CAN)
Sarah Te-Biasu (CAN) Keishana Washington (CAN) Han Xu (CHN) Li Shan (CHN)
Li Yuan (CHN) Solmilena Arias (DOM) Haby Niang (FRA) Iliana Rupert (FRA)
Emily Bessoir (GER) Pushpa Senthil Kumar (IND) Samira Berrad (ITA) Ester Ana Gomes (MOZ)
Carla Budane (MOZ) Mariama Sow (SEN)  Kutlwano Rapoo (RSA)  Jihuyn Park (KOR)


Boys roster
Malcolm Tungo (ANG) Leandro Bolmaro (ARG) Francisco Caffaro (ARG) Francisco Farabello (ARG)
Alex Ducas (AUS) Josh Green (AUS) Kody Stattman (AUS) Leonardo Colimerio (BRA)
Paul Eboua (CMR) Christian Junior Koloko (CMR) AJ Lawson (CAN) Tyrese Samuel (CAN)
Kurt-Curry Wegscheider (CAF) Maxwell Lorca-Lloyd (CHI) Haoran Jiang (CHN) Junxuan Ou (CHN)
Ke Xu (CHN) Luka Samanic (CRO) Vit Krejci (CZE) Aly Khalifa (EGY)
Sekou Doumbouya (FRA) Killian Hayes (FRA) Sejin Mathew (IND) Princepal Singh (IND)
Omar Dieng (ITA) Arturs Kurucs (LAT) Martynas Arlauskas (LTU) N’Faly Dante (MLI)
Javier Rex Gonzalez (MEX) Charles Bassey (NGR) Allen Udemadu (NGR) Ariel John Edu (PHI)
Aleksander Balcerowski (POL) Biram Faye (SEN) Marko Pecarski (SRB) Hyunjung Lee (KOR)
Joel Parra (ESP) Yacine Toumi (TUN) Mert Akay (TUR) Anyang Garang (UGA/AUS)
Carlos Paez (VEN)