Before the Jr. NBA Philippines National Training Camp (NTC) finally unfolds in May 2019, the Regional Selection Camps (RSC) have been continuously determining the rightful young boys and girls (ages 10 to 14) to take the slots.
The first RSC has officially kicked off in Lucena City, in Quezon Province last March 9 and 10. Roughly 1,000 young ballers have participated. On March 23 to 24, the second RSC has returned to Benguet, in Baguio to continue the selection process. Several days after, on March 30 and 31, the third has taken place in Dumaguete city of the Negros Oriental province.
In the selection camps, kids have been taught of basketball fundamentals and the core values of the sport. The series of activities—which include dribbling, passing, shooting, lay-ups, and footwork—have been designed to provide participants with world-class NBA-like basketball experience. There have also been team exercises and exhibition games to assess kids’ dexterity.
Those who’ve been successfully selected in the Lucena, Benguet, and Dumaguete RSC advance to the NTC’s top 40 boys and 40 girls—which are yet to be completed. The other camps are set to take place in Butuan on April 13 and 14, in Metro Manila on April 27 and 28, and in select Alaska Power Camp.
The athletes to make it to the National Training Camp will undergo another selection process to make up the 2019 batch of Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars—comprised of as many as five boys and five girls. The same athletes will participate in the week-long selection camp in June, tagged as the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Qualifiers. Young Filipino athletes, along with talented youth from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam are slated to attend and participate.
Consequently, the Asia Pacific regional competition will determine the 2019 batch of Jr. NBA All-Stars with the opportunity to represent the region and to compete against talented athletes worldwide in the Jr. NBA World Championship, from August 6 to 11, 2019.
Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 is presented by Alaska. For those interested to participate in the program, you can register online atwww.jrnba.asia/philippines. For more updates, follow Jr. NBA on social media, and the NBA at www.nba.com.
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