The NBA and FIBA will hold their second annual Basketball without Borders Global Camp over All-Star weekend.
As the All-Star festivities head outside the United States for the first time, 53 top male and female campers from 27 countries will travel to Toronto to partake in the camp, held Feb. 12–14 at Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Players receive professional-quality instruction from NBA and FIBA players and coaches. Former Rockets center Yao Ming and current NBA players (and former Basketball without Borders campers Danilo Gallinari (Nuggets), Greivis Vasquez (Bucks) and Bruno Caboclo (Raptors) are among those helping out. Others in attendance include Raptors center Bismack Biyombo, Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb and former NBA star Jerry Stackhouse.
Prospects partaking in the camp include highly-touted 2017 center DeAndre Ayton, a native of the Bahamas, and 2016 forward Thon Maker of Australia. The NBA has held these camps globally since 2001, and 21 former Basketball without Borders campers opened the season on NBA rosters. The camp provides an opportunity for team scouts to cast eyes on some of the top international youth talent, some of whom will go on to become NBA draft prospects.
The inaugural Global Camp took place in New York over All-Star weekend 2015, with campers including Maccabi Tel-Aviv forward Dragan Bender, a likely Top 10 pick in next year’s draft, and Kentucky guard Jamal Murray and forward Isaac Humphries.