Mavericks’ Barea and Powell and Knicks’ Vujačić headline first Basketball without Borders camp in the Bahamas

NEW YORK, NASSAU, MIES – The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) today announced the top 66 boys and girls from 16 countries and territories who will travel to the Bahamas for the ninth Basketball without Borders (BWB) Americas Camp.  The camp will be held July 5-8 at The Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium in Nassau, marking the first time that the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program will be held in the Bahamas.  Nike will serve as the official partner.

NBA and FIBA players and coaches, including J.J. Barea (Dallas Mavericks; Puerto Rico), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks; Canada) and Sasha Vujačić (New York Knicks; Slovenia), will coach the high school age campers.  Barea, Powell and Vujačić, will be joined by WNBA Legend Ebony Hoffman (U.S.).

BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has reached more than 2,720 participants from 134 countries and territories since 2001, with 46 campers drafted into the NBA.  Twenty-three former BWB campers, including three former BWB Americas campers, were on opening-night rosters for the 2016-17 season, including Bruno Caboclo (Toronto Raptors; Brazil; BWB Americas 2013), Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks; South Sudan; BWB Americas 2015) and Kelly Olynyk (Boston Celtics; Canada; BWB Americas 2009).  Three former BWB campers were drafted in the 2017 NBA Draft:  Lauri Markkanen (No. 7 overall pick – Chicago Bulls; Finland; BWB Europe 2014/BWB Global 2015), Frank Ntilikina (No. 8 overall pick – New York Knicks; France; BWB Europe 2015/BWB Global 2016) and Isaiah Hartenstein (No. 43 overall pick – Houston Rockets; U.S.; BWB Europe 2015/BWB Global 2016).

Current NBA assistant coaches James Borrego (San Antonio Spurs), Jim Boylan (Cleveland Cavaliers), Darvin Ham (Atlanta Hawks) and David Vanterpool (Portland Trail Blazers) will also serve as BWB Americas coaches.  Patrick Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches; Australia) and Ronald Cass (FIBA Coach) will serve as camp directors for the boys and girls, respectively.  Armando Rivas (Chicago Bulls) 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, positional skill development, 5-on-5 games and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication.  One boy and one girl will be named BWB Americas Camp MVPs at the conclusion of the camp.

BWB Americas will also include a Jr. NBA clinic with local youth in the Bahamas in partnership with community organizations, which will highlight the power of sport to promote cultural understanding while teaching the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle and the values of the game, including teamwork, integrity and respect.

Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear.

The NBA and FIBA have staged 49 BWB camps in 30 cities across 25 countries on six continents.  More than 230 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined more than 185 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world.

 The following is a complete list of players participating in the ninth BWB Americas Camp:


First Name Last Name Country
Florencia Chagas Argentina
Victoria Gauna Argentina
Briontae Riley Bahamas
Diondrea Nixon Bahamas
Catarina Helena Ferreira de Oliveira Brazil
Lorena Vitoria Barbosa Anunciacao Brazil
Emily Martindale Canada
Patricia Boers Canada
Piper Doo Canada
Naomi Ganpo Canada
Thiare Antonella Garcia Gutierrez Chile
Hamileth Lorena Ulloa Chacon Colombia
Elianis Armenteros Gelabert Cuba
Esmery Dahiana Martinez Dominican Republic
Solmilena Arias Dominican Republic
Karla Alejandra Martínez Hidalgo Mexico
Rebeca Morones Mexico
Sofia Alejandra Payan Mexico
Lesiriam Pagan Puerto Rico
Marcela Gutierrez Uruguay
Shaymany Suárez Uruguay
Odeth Betancourt Venezuela



First Name Last Name Country
Leandro Bolmaro Argentina
Tomás Chapero Argentina
Juan Hierrezuelo Argentina
Francisco Farabello Argentina
Bautista Lugarini Argentina
Juan Ignacio Marcos Argentina
Dominic Bridgewater Bahamas
Samuel Hunter Bahamas
Derryn Johnson Bahamas
Leonardo Colimério Brazil
Bernardo Da Silva Brazil
Lucas Fioravanti Zibecchi Brazil
Matheus Maciel Marques De Souza Brazil
João Marcello Pereira Brazil
Joao Vitor Camaro Brazil
Matheus Silveira Brazil
Jaden Bediako Canada
Joel Brown Canada
Benjamin Hendriks Canada
Anthony Lawson Canada
Thomas Kennedy Canada
Wheza Panzo Canada
Addison Patterson Canada
Tyrese Samuels Canada
Ignacio Arroyo Chile
Maxwell Lorca-Lloyd Chile
Michael Moreno Colombia
Alanzo Frink Dominican Republic
Francisco Paulino Dominican Republic
Kofi Cockburn Jamaica
Tyrece Thompson Jamaica
Moises Emilio Andriassi Mexico
Sebastian Reynoso Mexico
Roberto Abraham Mercado Fernández Paraguay
Andre Curbelo Rodriguez Puerto Rico
Jermaine Miranda Perez Puerto Rico
Jose Carlos Placer Diaz Puerto Rico
Jeriel Zayas Puerto Rico
Jordan Persad Trinidad
Nicolás Andreoli Uruguay
Santiago Vescovi Uruguay
Zion Jones USVI
Dwayne Lynch USVI
Carlos Paez Venezuela