2019 NBA All-Stars Nikola Jokić and Nikola Vučević, Deandre Ayton and Bogdan Bogdanović to coach top international prospects at fifth annual Basketball Without Borders Camp

NEW YORK, N.Y., AND MIES, SWITZERLAND – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced the top 63 boys and girls from 31 countries and regions who will travel to Charlotte for the fifth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp.  The camp will be held Friday, Feb. 15 – Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Queens University of Charlotte Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation as part of NBA All-Star 2019, and NIKE will serve as the official partner.

2019 NBA All-Stars Nikola Jokić (Denver Nuggets; Serbia) and Nikola Vučević (Orlando Magic; Montenegro), 2018 No. 1 overall draft pick and former BWB camper Deandre Ayton (Phoenix Suns; Bahamas; BWB Global 2016), and 2017-18 All Rookie Second Team member Bogdan Bogdanović (Sacramento Kings; Serbia) will coach the top high school age campers from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Jokić, Vučević, Ayton and Bogdanović will be joined by NBA veteran Festus Ezeli (Nigeria), former NBA players Adonal Foyle (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and Michael Ray Richardson (U.S.), Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member Jennifer Azzi (U.S.), former WNBA players Allison Feaster (U.S.), Ashley Battle (U.S.), Taj McWilliams-Franklin (U.S.), Astou N’Diaye (Senegal) and Andrea Stinson (U.S.), as well as select players participating in NBA All-Star 2019. Charlotte Hornets assistant coaches Dutch Gaitley (U.S.), Nate Mitchell (Canada) and Ronald Nored (U.S.), along with 76ers assistant coach John Bryant (U.S.) and Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen (U.S.) will also serve as BWB Global coaches.

Among the record 27 former Basketball Without Borders campers on opening-night NBA rosters for the 2018-19 season (active and inactive), nine participated in the BWB Global Camp, including Ayton, 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie First Team member Lauri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls; Finland; BWB Europe 2014; BWB Global 2015), and 2016 No. 7 overall draft pick Jamal Murray (Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015).

Patrick Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches; Australia), Gersson Rosas (Houston Rockets; Colombia), Marin Sedlacek (76ers; Serbia) and Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors; Nigeria) will be the camp directors.  Hornets trainer Adam Linens will serve as the camp’s strength and conditioning coach and 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 daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication.  One boy and one girl will be named BWB Global Camp MVPs at the conclusion of the three-day camp.

The camp will feature 10 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 five 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 Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Mexico City, Mexico; Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), India; and Saly, Senegal.  Ten 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 MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, and the 68th NBA All-Star Game at Spectrum 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 3,300 participants from 129 countries and territories since 2001, with more than 55 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents.  The NBA and FIBA have staged 56 BWB camps in 35 cities across 28 countries on six continents.  More than 290 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined more than 225 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 fifth annual BWB Global Camp (rosters are subject to change):  


Last Name First Name Country
Saadaoui Meriem Algeria
Dizeko Alexia Angola
Chagas Florencia Argentina
*Acevedo Sofia Argentina
Potter Gemma Australia
Henderson Kitty Australia
*Cardoso Kamilla Brazil
Edwards Aaliyah Mckenzie Canada
Ejim Yvonne Uju Canada
Zheng Ming China
Muhl Nika Croatia
*Haytham Abudullah Jana Egypt
Wadoux Zoe France
Bessoir Emily Germany
*Niranjan Grishma India
Hayashi Misa Japan
Visockaite Simona Lithuania
Sangare Aminata Mali
Valenzuela Medina Mariana Mexico
 Paxixe Chana Maria Mozambique
Leger-Walker Charlisse New Zealand
*Ndiaye Gueye Sabou Senegal
Gomez Claudia Spain
Fitik Göksen Turkey



Last Name First Name Country/Region
Chapero Tomas Argentina
*Armstrong Taran Australia
*Wigness Tamuri Australia
Da Silva Vinicius Brazil
*Wade Malik Brazil
Kepnang Ndjong Franck Cameroon
Ambrose-Hylton Keon Canada
McNeilly Cashius Canada
Patterson Addison Canada
Moncrieffe Matthew-Alexander Canada
Yang Xihao China
Hao Dai China
Ma Chien-Hao Chinese Taipei
Rudan Matej Croatia
*Khalifa Aly Egypt
Hayes Killian France
Gauzin Matthieu France
*Tomar HarshWardhan India
Avdija Deni Israel
Tanaka Chikara Japan
Tominaga Keisei Japan
Kancleris Modestas Lithuania
*Ballo Oumar Mali
Kljajic Jovan Montenegro
Enaruna Tristan Netherlands
Mennenga Samuel New Zealand
Omoyuri Cliff Nigeria
Calistus Chukwudalu Nigeria
*Joseph Junior Nelly Nigeria
*Miranda Jermaine Puerto Rico
Rosa Victor Puerto Rico
Strawther Julian Puerto Rico
Zakharov Pavel Russia
Diop Khalifa Senegal
Sylla Amar Senegal
*Mbaye Mamadou Lamine Senegal
Pokusevski Aleksej Serbia
Popovic Nemanja Serbia
*Vescovi Santiago Uruguay


 *NBA Academies Prospect