La Trinidad, Benguet – Jr. NBA and Alaska Coaches will be in town to find the best young basketball talents in Northern Luzon when Jr. NBA Philippines 2018, presented by Alaska, goes north for its third Regional Selection Camp of the year as it visits the Benguet State University, here, on March 17-18 from 9AM – 4PM.
The finalists for the event will be brought to Manila in May for the Jr. NBA National Training Camp where they will get a chance to learn from an NBA Player and a WNBA Legend.
Jr. NBA Coaches Carlos Barroca and Rob Newson together with Jr. NBA coaches from presenting partner Alaska led by PBA Legends Jeffrey Carriaso and Tony de la Cruz will be managing the Regional Selection Camp.
The first day will see participants being measured against a series of vitals tests and skills challenges that will determine their inclusion in the following day to undergo advanced basketball drills and team exercises.
The remaining players will immerse in drills and showcase team and individual skills in the scrimmages on the second day.
The camp’s top performers will be given the opportunity to represent Northern Luzon in the National Training Camp in Manila on May 18-20.
The most outstanding eight boys and eight girls are slected as Jr. NBA All-Stars from the Regional Selection Camps, with the fourth and final camp set for Metro Manila on April 7-8 at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati.
The Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 All-Stars will then embark on a unique, overseas NBA experience with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia later in the year.
In its 11 years in the Philippines, many young basketball talents have been part of the Jr. NBA program. Basketball hotshots like Aljon Mariano, Kobe Paras, Ricci Rivero and Kai Sotto who are now making waves in their respective leagues were part of the program as Jr. NBA All-Stars.
Registration and participation to the BSU event are free.
Boys and girls born 2004-2008 are encouraged to participate in the league’s global youth basketball participation program to learn the fundamental basketball skills set and the Jr. NBA S.T.A.R values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect.
Young cagers ages 10-14 years old from the Cordilleras and interested participants outside the region are invited to attend the camp.
Qualified boys and girls can still register at www.jrnba.asia where the program terms and conditions can be found. Fans can also follow Jr. NBA on Facebook, the NBA at www.nba.com and on Facebook and Twitter.
By: ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS