The NBA Academy in Greater Noida is all set to host the 2018 edition of Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Asia from May 30- June 2 as announced by the NBA, FIBA and the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) on Friday.
India is hosting the International basketball development and community research programme for the second time after the event was hosted in the capital back in 2008. Karnataka’s Priyanka Prabhakara and Aashay Verma of Hyderabad became India’s first players to represent India in BWB’s global event held at the United States last year.
The upcoming edition will feature the best cagers under the age of 17 from the Asia Pacific region over a programme spanning four days. The aspiring players will get exposure to world-class training where they will be groomed by NBA and FIBA players. Not only that, legends and coaches will also brush their shoulders in the court with the best talents emerging from the event.
BFI president K Govindraj is excited about the BWB and feels it will help the youngsters a lot. “This will be a great learning experience for the young and talented players from India as they will be under the guidance of few of the best basketball trainers in the world. This will help them grow as basketball players and make their country proud in the future,” said the President.
In addition to the BWB, the BFI and the NBA will also jointly run a development camp for India’s top players from May 27th to 29th as a part of NBA Academies Women’s programme.
A total of 20-25 Women Basketball players will be shortlisted for the camp which will be conducted by two-time WNBA champion Ruth Riley, an Olympic medallist and Jennifer Azzi who is ‘Hall of Fame’ member. They will be accompanied by Blair Hardiek, the global technical director for Women’s programming across the leagues seven academies.