MEXICO CITY – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and WNBA today announced that the fourth NBA Academy Women’s Camp Latin America will take place from Monday, Jan. 16 – Thursday, Jan. 19 at La Loma Centro Deportivo, a state-of-the-art sports complex in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and the home of NBA Academy Latin America. The four-day camp will consist of basketball development training, competitions and life skills and leadership programming.
The 2023 NBA Academy Women’s Camp Latin America will bring together 29 of the top high school-age prospects from 13 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. Campers will receive guidance from current and former WNBA players and coaches, including 2019 WNBA champion and two-time WNBA All-Star Ariel Atkins (Washington Mystics), three-time WNBA All-Star Danielle Robinson (Indiana Fever), two-time WNBA champion Jordin Canada (Los Angeles Sparks), two-time WNBA champion Taj McWilliams-Franklin and former Puerto Rico Women’s National Team member Carla Cortijo. Phoenix Mercury assistant coach Cinnamon Lister will serve as the camp’s technical director and will be joined by USA Basketball Women’s National Director Carol Callan and local Mexican women’s basketball coaches, who will also serve as coaches.
“There is a lot of excitement around women’s basketball across Latin America and the Caribbean and the NBA Academy Women’s Program is at the center of our efforts to further grow the game at the elite level and help promising young women maximize their potential,” said NBA Mexico Basketball Operations Senior Director Marc Pulles. “We’re excited to work with some of the top prospects from across the region to help them develop as players and leaders while also providing them with the memorable experience of learning from WNBA players, legends and coaches.”
Launched in 2018, the NBA Academy Women’s Program is a series of basketball development camps for top female athletes from outside the U.S. at the league’s academies in Australia, India, Mexico and Senegal. The three previous NBA Academy Women’s Latin America Camps were held in Mexico in March 2018, March 2019 and January 2020. Ten former NBA Academy Women’s Camp Latin America participants have committed to or gone on to attend NCAA Division I schools in the U.S. In 2021, 13 women from Latin America were among 50 players selected to participate in the NBA Academy Women’s Virtual Program, an eight-week basketball and leadership development initiative for top female, high school-age prospects from outside the U.S.
The following is a complete list of players participating in the 2023 NBA Academy Women’s Camp Latin America (roster subject to change):
|Martins de Souza
|Belis Del Rosario
|Monte De Oca
About NBA Academy
NBA Academy is a year-round elite basketball development program that provides top high school-age athletes from outside the U.S. with a holistic approach to player development and a predictable pathway to maximize their potential. The program emphasizes health and wellness, character development and life skills, and gives athletes the opportunity to learn the game from coaches with professional, collegiate and international coaching experience. Since 2017, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Greater Noida, India; San Luis Potosí, Mexico; and Saly, Senegal for top prospects from their respective countries and continents. In March 2018, the NBA launched the NBA Academy Women’s Program, a series of basketball development camps for top female prospects from outside the U.S at the league’s academies. To date, more than 100 NBA Academy participants have committed to or gone on to attend NCAA Division I schools in the U.S., and 14 have played, are playing or have signed to play professionally. Find out more about the NBA Academy program at nbaacademy.nba.com, on Twitter (@NBAAcademyPR) and on Instagram (@NBAAcademy).