Report: NBA going global with academy plans

Ashish Mathur

The NBA plans to open basketball academies worldwide to help develop younger players, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.

Per the report:

The NBA is undertaking a substantial initiative to open global basketball academies that target the recruitment and development of teenage players to create pathways to higher education and professional basketball, league sources told The Vertical.

According to the report, the league is currently targeting Africa, China, India and Australia to begin its new global venture.

"The program plans to work closely with players' families and mentors to help them understand the academic component of the program and how that'll assist them in achieving higher educational goals – regardless of how their basketball careers play out," Yahoo reported.