Basketball Without Borders (BWB), the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, announced the 13th…th BWB Asia Camp at New York University Abu Dhabi, attended by 78 of the best high school aged boys and girls from more than 20 countries and territories across Asia and the Middle East.
This year, BWB Asia attendees had the opportunity to hear from current NBA players Saddiq Bey (Atlanta Hawks) and Monte Morris (Washington Wizards), as well as NBA veterans Taj Gibson (most recently with the Washington Wizards) and Rodney McGruder (most recently with the Washington Wizards). to learn from the Washington Wizards) Detroit Pistons) and Vladimir Radmanovic. NBA assistant coaches John Bryant (Chicago Bulls), Ryan Forehan-Kelly (Brooklyn Nets), Jim Moran (Detroit Pistons), Ryan Richman (Wizards), Sean Sweeney (Dallas Mavericks), and Mike Weinar (Indiana Pacers); Marty Clarke, technical director of the NBA Global Academy; and NBA Basketball School Dubai Technical Director Phil Galvin served as the BWB Asia coach, while Nina Hsieh (Charlotte Hornets) served as the camp’s athletic coach.
In cooperation with FIBA and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, BWB Asia 2023 kicked off with an opening ceremony which included speeches from Kosta Iliev, Senior Manager of FIBA National Federations & Sport, Ralph Rivera, Managing Director of NBA Europe and Middle East, DCT Abu included Saeed Ali Al Fazari, Executive Director for Strategic Affairs at Dhabi, Carlos Barroca, Head of NBA Asia Basketball Division, Chris Ebersole, Head of NBA International Basketball Division, and Saddiq Bey, Forward the Atlanta Hawks.
In the afternoon session, the campers participated in a series of on-court drills focused on improving basic basketball skills, learned a combination of offensive and defensive concepts for the team, and competed in 5-on-5 matches.
In conjunction with BWB Asia 2023, the Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi Elite Camp also served as a preview of the three-day event at New York University Abu Dhabi, featuring 40 of the top 40 boys and girls aged 15 and under from the Jr. NBA Abu came together The Dhabi League participates in fundamental skill development and 5v5 competitions.
Chris Ebersole, head of international basketball operations for the NBA
“Basketball Without Borders is our longest-running elite development program and we are excited to hold the 13th edition of BWB Asia Camp in the Arabian Gulf for the first time. Together with FIBA and DCT Abu Dhabi, we are committed to providing our boys and girls from across Asia and the Middle East with an unforgettable experience on and off the pitch while under the tutelage of some of the best players and coaches in the world train world.”
FIBA National Federations & Sports Senior Manager Kosta Iliev
“Basketball Without Borders builds on a decade-long collaboration between FIBA and the NBA that offers the most talented kids in Asia and the Middle East a tremendous opportunity to advance and reach the highest level of basketball possible.” learn from the best coaches in the business and compete and interact with some of the best players from other countries and cultures, which will give them a different perspective and vision for the future.”
Atlanta Hawks forward Saddiq Bey
“I’m excited to be part of my first Basketball Without Borders Asia Camp and experience the unique style of basketball played on this side of the world. BWB is a great reminder that basketball transcends cultural boundaries and I look forward to taking this opportunity to connect and socialize with the boys and girls through our shared love of the game.”