THE staging of the selection camps for the 2018 Jr. NBA Philippines tipped off in Bacolod last weekend with over 400 aspiring boys and girls participating.
Held at the Trinity Christian School on Feb. 10-11, participants went through thorough training designed to develop not only their skills as players but also their character that should guide them in their lives beyond basketball.
After the two-day camp, 10 campers were selected and given slots to represent Visayas at the National Training Camp set in Manila on May 18-20.
Advancing to the next phase of the NBA’s global youth basketball participation program are John Lester Amagan, 14, of St. Robert’s International Academy; Nathan Jan Jundana, 14, and Heinzy Gabriel Demisana, 13, of Bacolod Taytung High School; William Agamemnon Allosada, 13, William Archimedez Allosada, 13, William Holan Baxter, 13, and Keane Angelo Yu, 14, of Sacred Heart School — Ateneo de Cebu (boys division), and Dancylle Gabrealene Busime, 12, of Colegio San Nicolas de Tolentino — Recoletos; Danielle Gwen Dusaran, 12, of University of Negros Occidental Recoletos; and Gin Kayla Relliquette, 12, of St. Carmen Salles School (girls division).
The selected 10 excelled in a variety of basketball activities and competition, and embodied the Jr. NBA core S.T.A.R. values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect throughout the camp, conducted Jr. NBA coaches, led by Coach Carlos Barroca and former Alaska Aces player Tony Dela Cruz.
“We have kids in Visayas that showed a tremendous amount of potential at a very young age. We hope they will continue to work on their games and look forward to seeing their growth in our future camps within the region,” said Mr. Barroca at the conclusion of the Bacolod camp.
The Visayan contingent of Jr. NBA campers will compete with the top players from the remaining Regional Selection Camps in Butuan (Feb. 24-25), Baguio (March 17-18) and Manila (April 21-22) at the National Training Camp where the next batch of Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars composed of the most outstanding eight boys and eight girls will be selected
The 2018 Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Stars will be rewarded later in the year with an authentic, overseas NBA experience.
Jr. NBA Philippines is now on its 11th straight year of staging in the country and has made significant strides in teaching the fundamental skills and core values of the game at the grassroots level while enhancing the youth basketball experience for players, parents and coaches.
To participate in the program, which is presented by Alaska Milk and open to boys and girls, one must be aged 10 to 14. For more details on the registration and other details, visit www.jrnba.asia/philippines. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo