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10 Australians to join 13th Basketball Without Borders Asia training camp in Abu Dhabi


The Basketball Without Borders Asia training camp is back for another year, taking place in Abu Dhabi.

The 13th annual camp will be held on the NYU campus from Friday, June 2 to Monday, June 5 and will bring together 80 top high school students from more than 20 countries in Asia and the Middle East.

There will be 10 Australian representatives at the camp this year, with five boys and five girls from Australia on the roster.

Australians at BWB Asia Summer Camp

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Jacob Fuffy (Tasmania)Sophie Brennan (ACT)
Charles Dimock (Western Australia)Sienna Havery (Victoria)
Roman Sieulepa (Queensland)Monique (Bobongie (Qld)
Emmet Adair (NSW)Sarah Portlock (Victoria)
Maper Makur (based in the US)Teyahna Bond (Queensland)

A number of current and former NBA players will test prospects, including Saddiq Bey (Atlanta Hawks), Monte Morris (Washington Wizards), Taj Gibson (Washington Wizards) and Rodney McGruder (Detroit Pistons).

Several NBA assistant coaches will also attend camp, including John Bryant (Chicago Bulls), Ryan Folhan-Kelly (Brooklyn Nets), Ryan Richman (Washington Wizards), Shaw Ernest Sweeney (Dallas Mavericks) and Mike Weiner (Indiana Pacers).

Prospects will participate in a variety of activities including athletic efficiency drills, offensive and defensive skills stations, three-point shooting contests, 5-on-5 games, life skills and leadership development sessions.

“Basketball Without Borders has played a key role in developing top international players for more than two decades, with more than 100 players advancing to the NBA and WNBA,” said NBA Europe and Middle East general manager Ralph Rivera.

“We are delighted to be bringing this transformative program to the Arabian Gulf for the first time and thank FIBA ​​and DCT Abu Dhabi for their commitment to helping develop the next generation of players in the UAE and beyond.”

Entering the 2022-23 NBA season, 38 of the 120 international players on Opening Night are former BWB campers, including Josh Giddey (BWB Asia 2018 and BWB Global 2020), Josh Green (BWB Global 2018), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ( BWB Global 2016), Jamal Murray (BWB Global 2015) and Rui Hachimura (BWB Global 2016).

Since its founding in 2001, Basketball Without Borders has attracted more than 3,900 participants from 134 different countries, including 105 former campers who made it to the NBA or WNBA.


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