Raptors’ Chris Boucher, Thunder’s Luguentz Dort and Pacers’ Bennedict Mathurin to coach top prospects at Basketball Without Borders Americas 2023

NEW YORK AND TORONTO – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced that the 12th edition of Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Americas will be held Thursday, June 22 – Sunday, June 25 at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit in Longueuil near Montreal, Québec.

BWB Americas 2023 will bring together the top male and female players ages 18 and under from across Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean to learn directly from current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches, including Chris Boucher (Toronto Raptors; St. Lucia; ties to Canada;), Luguentz Dort (Oklahoma City Thunder; Canada; BWB Global 2017) and Bennedict Mathurin (Indiana Pacers; Canada; BWB Global 2020; NBA Academy Latin America).  NBA assistant coaches Rodney Billups (Portland Trail Blazers), Joe Boylan (Minnesota Timberwolves), Quinton Crawford (Dallas Mavericks), Bruce Fraser (Golden State Warriors), Jay Hernandez (Brooklyn Nets) and Eric Khoury (Raptors 905) will also serve as BWB Americas coaches, while former WNBA player Tamera Young joins as part of the Coaches Develop Program and Katia Sanon (Raptors 905) will serve as the camp’s athletic trainer.

The campers, who will be announced prior to the camp, will also take part in life skills, leadership development and NBA Cares programming.

“We’re excited to bring Basketball Without Borders back to Canada at a time when there is so much talent coming from across the Americas,” said NBA Associate Vice President, International Basketball Operations and Head of Elite Development Chris Ebersole.  “We look forward to welcoming the top prospects from across the region to Québec, where they will have the opportunity to develop alongside their peers and learn from NBA players like Montreal’s Bennedict Mathurin, an NBA Academy alumnus and two-time BWB camper, who was in their shoes just a few years ago.”

“This ongoing collaboration between FIBA and the NBA delivers an excellent platform to showcase the top young talent in the Americas zone. Basketball Without Borders has helped develop an elite group of players who have led and elevated our game globally,” said FIBA Americas Executive Director Carlos Alves.  “This 12th edition of Basketball Without Borders Americas in Quebec, Canada, presents a fantastic opportunity for these players to learn from some of the best in the game, and we are looking forward to the camp tipping off and the invaluable lessons it will provide to all participants, both on and off the court.”

Thirty-eight former BWB campers were among the 120 international players on opening-night rosters for the 2022-23 NBA season, including several from Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean in Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns; Bahamas; BWB Global 2016), Dort, 2023 NBA All-Star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Thunder; Canada; BWB Global 2016), Mathurin, Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015) and Kelly Olynyk (Utah Jazz; Canada; BWB Americas 2009).

BWB Americas 2023 will be supported by Nike, a global partner of BWB since 2002, which will outfit participants with Nike apparel and footwear, and Gatorade, which will keep players and coaches hydrated throughout the camp.

BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has reached more than 4,000 participants from 135 countries and territories since 2001, with 106 former campers advancing to the NBA or WNBA.  The NBA and FIBA have staged 68 BWB camps in 45 cities across 32 countries on six continents.