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Ugandan selected to train under NBA coaches in South Africa

English.news.cn   2014-07-30 09:43:04

KAMPALA, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Uganda's Edgar Nathan Osiapil is among the top young basketball talent from 20 African countries and regions who have been named to attend the 12th edition of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa camp in Johannesburg, South Africa in August 5 to 8.

Patrick Ogwel, the Vice President of the Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) told Xinhua on Tuesday that the camp is organized by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

Basketball without Borders (BWB) is the NBA and FIBA's global basketball development program that uses the sport to create positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness.

Ogwel said more than 50 players will travel from all corners of the continent for the four-day camp.

"The players, ages 17 and under, were selected by FIBA, the NBA and participating federations based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport," he added.

NBA players expected to attend BWB Africa 2014 include 2014 All-Star DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors), Andrei Kirilenko (Brooklyn Nets), Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons), Thabo Sefolosha (Atlanta Hawks), Roger Mason Jr. (formerly of the Miami Heat), and NBA Legend and Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo.

NBA head coaches expected to attend the camp include Dwane Casey (Toronto Raptors), Lionel Hollins (Brooklyn Nets) and Brian Shaw (Denver Nuggets).

Masai Ujiri, President and General Manager, Basketball Operations (Toronto Raptors) and a Nigeria native, will serve as camp director.

Editor: Xiang Bo
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