NEW YORK AND MIES, SWITZERLAND – The National Basketball Association (NBA), the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced that 38 of the top female prospects from 24 countries will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the first all-girls Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global camp for top high school-age prospects from outside the U.S. The event will be held Friday, July 14 – Sunday, July 16 at Doral Academy as part of AT&T WNBA All-Star 2023.
The campers will be coached by several former WNBA and FIBA players and coaches, including WNBA Coach’s Development Program participants Edniesha Curry, Betty Lennox, April Sykes and Tamera Young, as well as Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Ticha Penicheiro, Ruth Riley and Monica Wright-Rogers. Boston Celtics Vice President of Team Operations & Organizational Growth Allison Feaster will serve as the camp director.
The players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities, including anthropometric and athletic testing, movement efficiency, skill development stations, shooting and skills competitions, life skills seminars and 5-on-5 games. A ceremony on the final day of the camp will award the Kim Bohuny Camp MVP, the Patrick Baumann Sportsmanship Award, the Three-Point Champion and the Defensive MVP to the campers who distinguish themselves on the court and as leaders. The campers will also attend the 2023 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game at Michelob Ultra Arena on Saturday, July 15.
“While BWB has historically featured co-ed camps for top male and female prospects, we saw a unique opportunity to launch a standalone camp for top female prospects from outside the U.S. at WNBA All-Star to celebrate women’s basketball and provide participants with a platform to showcase their talent in front of WNBA executives, coaches and scouts,” said NBA Elite Basketball Women’s Operations Lead Cinnamon Lister. “The WNBA and the women’s game as a whole have never been more popular globally, and we look forward to bringing the next generation of international players together to continue their development alongside their peers from around the world and experience the excitement of All-Star.”
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 4,000 participants from 136 countries and territories since 2001, with 111 former campers advancing to the NBA or WNBA. The NBA and FIBA have staged 69 BWB camps in 45 cities across 32 countries on six continents. Former BWB campers in the NBA and WNBA include Awak Kuier (Dallas Wings; Finland: BWB Global 2017), Jade Melbourne (Seattle Storm; Australia; BWB Global 2020), Iliana Rupert (Atlanta Dream; France; BWB Global 2018), Han Xu (New York Liberty; China; BWB Global 2018), 2022-23 Kia NBA MVP Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011), 2023 NBA All-Star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder; Canada; BWB Global 2016) and 2023 NBA champion Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015).
There are more than 25 players from outside of the U.S. in the WNBA this season.
The following is a complete list of players participating in the first BWB Global camp at WNBA All-Star (rosters subject to change):
|Audrey Batchaya Djofang||Cameroon|
|Whitney Sandrine Chouamo Kamgain||Cameroon|
|Cille Grundtvig Petersen||Denmark|
|Marta Eleri Jaama||Estonia|
|Helena Lilla Dobo||Hungary|
|Erica Carr Ramos||Mexico|
|Lauren Whittaker||New Zealand|
|Franchesca Torres||Puerto Rico|
|Jessie Nar Jie Shi||Singapore|
|Angel Chisom Oguegbunam||South Africa|