Five young Filipino cagers chosen to be part of 12th Basketball Without Borders Asia camp

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4) – Five young Filipino basketball players were chosen to participate in the 12th Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Asia camp from Aug. 7 to 10 in Canberra, Australia.

Gilas Youth cagers Caelum Harris, Jared Bahay, and Camille Nolasco are among the 60 top high school male and female players from 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region who will be part of the camp organized by the National Basketball Association (NBA) Global Academy, International Basketball Federation (FIBA), and Basketball Australia.

Harris and Bahay are part of the Gilas Under-16 team that placed seventh in the 2022 FIBA Asia U-16 Championship in Doha, Qatar in June.

Nolasco, meanwhile, played for the Gilas Women U-16 squad that earned a third place finish in Division B of the 2022 FIBA Under-16 Women's Asian Championship also held in June in Amman, Jordan.

Incoming De La Salle University Green Archer LA John Andres and former Chiang Kai Shek high school standout Quinn Kacey Dela Rosa complete the five Filipino cagers selected in the prestigious basketball camp.

Among the coaches of the BWB Asia campers are NBA players Jarrett Allen of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Josh Green of the Dallas Mavericks, Cameron Johnson of the Phoenix Suns, and Coby White of the Chicago Bulls.

Some NBA assistant coaches and WNBA players will also coach the 60 young cagers selected for the camp.

The campers will undergo various on-court activities like movement efficiency drills, offensive and defensive skill stations, three-point contests, and 5-on-5 games. The young prospects will also attend life skills and leadership development sessions during the four-day camp.

A ceremony on the final day of the camp will award the BWB Asia 2022 MVP, Defensive MVP, Three-Point Champion, and the Patrick Baumann Sportsmanship Award.

The camp marks the return of the NBA and FIBA's global basketball development and community outreach program in the Asia-Pacific region, which was last held in Japan in 2019.

The NBA and FIBA have hosted 64 BWB camps in 30 countries since the program's launch in 2001. BWB has reached more than 3,800 participants from 133 countries and territories, with 105 former campers having advanced to the NBA or WNBA.

Towering basketball wunderkind Kai Sotto and Gilas prospect AJ Edu are the past Filipino players invited to the BWB camp.

Rising NBA stars Rui Hachimura of the Washington Wizards, Josh Giddey and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns, and Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets also honed their skills in the global basketball camp.