Over a thousand Jr. NBA Philippines hopefuls came to the fourth and final Regional Selection Camp at Don Bosco Makati to learn, train, and battle it out for a spot at the National Training Camp. After three exhausting days of fundamental skills challenges, advanced basketball drills, and practice games, only eight boys and thirteen girls came out as victors among the 1,208 boys and 125 girls that rose up to the challenge of making it to the Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 All-Stars team.
To train and play side-by-side with a thousand other young players may be a little intimidating but Jr. NBA and seven Jr. WNBA All-Star alumni attended the training camp to inspire, and motivate the campers by sharing their knowledge, experiences, and love for the game. Edrian Custodio, a De La Salle-Zobel high school basketball team and former Jr. NBA All-Star team member shared that hard work, humility, and confidence are key values to have in order to successfully pursue a basketball career.
The Jr. NBA evaluation committee, led by Jr. NBA Coach Jeffrey Cariaso of the Alaska Aces were in search of well-rounded young athletes that not only possessed extraordinary basketball skills, but also epitomized the Jr. NBA S.T.A.R values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude, and Respect. Finally, after three days of hard work, 21 dreamers were given a chance to achieve their goals of becoming Jr. NBA All-Star members. They were invited to attend the Jr. NBA National Training Camp to be held this May 12-14 at the Don Bosco Technical Institute and SM Mall of Asia.
Behind the greatest players are talented coaches who push them toward success. With that, an NBA and WNBA player will come motivate and help coach the passionate young athletes before eight boys and eight girls will be chosen to join the Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 All-Stars. Just like the previous Jr. NBA All-Stars, they will then be given the opportunity to learn from NBA coaches, meet NBA legends, and watch an NBA preseason game overseas, as well as play with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia.
While the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA wind down, young basketball players all over the country can still learn from the best coaches, and play the Alaska way with discipline, determination, hardwork, and teamwork at the Alaska Basketball Powercamp. For more information, visit www.alaskapowercamp.com.