2020 NBA All-Star Pascal Siakam, Davis Bertāns, Tacko Fall and Lauri Markkanen to coach top international prospects at sixth annual Basketball Without Borders Global Camp

NEW YORK and MIES, SWITZERLAND – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced the top 64 boys and girls from 34 countries and regions who will travel to Chicago for the sixth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp, which will be held Friday, Feb. 14 – Sunday, Feb. 16 at Quest Multisport as part of NBA All-Star 2020.

2020 NBA All-Star Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012), Davis Bertāns (Washington Wizards; Latvia), Tacko Fall (Boston Celtics; Senegal) and 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie First Team member Lauri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls; Finland; BWB Europe 2014; BWB Global 2015) will coach the top high school age campers from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Siakam, Bertāns, Fall and Markkanen will be joined by former WNBA players Ashley Battle, Michele Van Gorp and Ebony Hoffman, as well as select players participating in NBA All-Star 2020.  Chicago Bulls assistant coach Karen Stack Umlauf, Milwaukee Bucks assistant coaches Vin Baker, Josh Longstaff and Ben Sullivan, and Chicago Sky director of player development John Azzinaro will also serve as BWB Global coaches.

Among the record 30 former Basketball Without Borders campers on opening-night NBA rosters for the 2019-20 season (active and inactive), 14 participated in the BWB Global Camp, including 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie First Team member Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns; Bahamas; BWB Global 2016),  2019 No. 3 overall draft pick RJ Barrett (New York Knicks; Canada; BWB Global 2017), 2019 No. 9 overall draft pick Rui Hachimura (Washington Wizards; Japan; BWB Global 2016), 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie Second Team member Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder; Canada; BWB Global 2016) and 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie Second Team member Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015).

Patrick Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches; Australia), Gersson Rosas (Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations; Colombia), Marin Sedlacek (Philadelphia 76ers international scout; Serbia) and Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors President; Nigeria) will be the camp directors.  Windy City Bulls head athletic trainer Matt Comer will serve as the camp’s athletic trainer.

Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, skill development stations, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication.  The final day will feature a single-elimination tournament culminating with the boys and girls championship games.

The camp will feature 15 current prospects from NBA Academies, the league’s network of elite basketball training centers around the world for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S., and 12 prospects who participated in The NBA Academies Women’s Program, a series of basketball development camps for top female prospects from outside the U.S at the league’s academies.  Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Australia, China, Mexico, India and Senegal, and more than 20 NBA Academies prospects have committed to NCAA Division 1 schools.

The camp will be officiated by representatives from the NBA’s Referee Development Program, which provides rising professionals and former players with the skills necessary to pursue a career as a referee in the NBA, WNBA and NBA G League.

The campers will attend State Farm All-Star Saturday Night and the 69th NBA All-Star Game at United Center.  Nike, a global partner of BWB since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear.

BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has reached more than 3,600 participants from 133 countries and territories since 2001, with 69 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents.  The NBA and FIBA have staged 61 BWB camps in 38 cities across 30 countries on six continents.  More than 310 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined more than 240 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world.

Follow the camp using the hashtag #BWBGlobal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Find out more about NBA Academies at nbaacademy.nba.com and on Instagram (nbaacademy). 

The following is a complete list of players participating in the sixth annual BWB Global Camp (rosters are subject to change): 




Last Name First Name Country
Melbourne Jade Australia
Pollerd Olivia Australia
Besselink Maggie Canada
*Russell Merissah Canada
*Cortes Espitia Naylee Colombia
*Gonzalez Viveros Daniela Colombia
Rimdal Alberte Denmark
 *Osama Hussein Yara Egypt
Asi Anna Gret Estonia
Aarnio Janette Finland
Gueye Aminata France
Kessler Serena France
*Deodhar Siya India
*Kaur Harsimran India
Hayashi Maho Japan
*Reyes Abril Mexico
Kailahi-Fulu Jazzmyne New Zealand
*Fredricks Chizaram Victory Nigeria
*Carvalho Charlotte Senegal
*Tal Aminata Senegal
Dembele Traore Mama Spain
Fraile Ruiz Paula Spain
*Kirschembaum Camila Uruguay
*Niski Florencia Uruguay




Last Name First Name Country/Region
Nganga Sadraque Angola
Fernandez Juan Argentina
Bayles Biwali Australia
*Giddey Joshua Australia
*Jones Blake Australia
*Wigness Tamuri Australia
*Cruz de Oliveira Cassia Augusto Brazil
Bediako Charles Canada
*Mathurin Bennedict Canada
Primo Josh Canada
*Prosper Olivier-Maxence Canada
*Ngopot Jerry Central African Republic
Inyaco Felipe Chile
*Cui Yongxi China
*Qu Honglin China
Menalo Leo Croatia
Perasovic Ivan Croatia
Kuminga Jonathan Democratic Republic of the Congo
Montero Jean Dominican Republic
*Abdelaty Abdalatib Mohab Yasser Egypt
Begarin Juhann France
Diabate Moussa France
Tchikou Alex France
Hukporti Ariel Germany
Van Slooten Luc Germany
Cisse Moussa Guinea
*Sandhu Amaan India
Marciulionis Augustas Lithuania
Sanogo Adama Mali
*Roacho Esteban Mexico
Kraag Yannick Netherlands
Murray Taine New Zealand
*Ariyibi Oluwatobi Samuel Nigeria
Sotto Kai Philippines
Pinzon Rafael Puerto Rico
*Faye Babacar Senegal
Sow Cheikh Senegal
Sow Pape Ablaye Senegal
Todorovic Stefan Serbia
*Yeo Junseok South Korea

 *NBA Academy Prospect