THIS YEAR’S Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA national training camp got its first participants recently with four young players from Palawan making the cut and qualifying for the “Mother Camp” in Manila in April.
The four youngsters bested a field of 198 participants who trekked to the first regional selection camp this year of the National Basketball Association’s international youth basketball program held at the Seminario de San Jose in Tiniguiban, Puerto Princesa, last weekend.
During the two-day selection camp, boys and girls aged 10 to 14 underwent vitals tests, basketball drills and skills tests, aptitude and endurance challenges and learned the Jr. NBA core values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect.
After going through all the tests and challenges, the top performers in the camp, done in partnership with Alaska Milk Corp., were chosen.
The young players from Palawan made solid impressions on Camp Director Chris Sumner.
“We had a nice turnout and the three boys that we got were very talented. They were very versatile and athletic and I’m excited to see them grow. I think they have a good chance to compete for the All-Stars. As for the young lady, she is awesome. She would cut to the offense, and cut to the defense. I’m excited about what she can do in Manila,” said Mr. Sumner, who was assisted in the camp by Alaska Power Camp Director Jeffrey Cariaso and other Alaska coaches led by former PBA player Topex Robinson.
The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA regional selection camp will have six more stops beginning in Biñan, Laguna, this weekend. The camp will then go to Baguio on March 14-15, Bacolod on March 21-22, Davao on March 28-29, and, lastly, Manila on April 11-12.
The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Training Camp will culminate with the selection of 10 Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA All-Stars who will embark on a unique, overseas NBA experience together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia.
The program is free and open to boys and girls. Registration is now ongoing through the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA event Web site www.jrnba.asia/philippines. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo
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