Fourteen Jr. NBA boys and girls from Southeast Asia will join the teams that represent the Asia Pacific region at the Jr. NBA Global Championship.
The Global Championship is a youth basketball tournament hosted by the Jr. NBA program for the top boys and girls aged 13-14 from around the world.
Heinz Gabriel Demisana, Sebastian Reyes, and Lionel Matthew Rubico from the Philippines join Jayson Tan Zi Sheng (Singapore), Jamil Email Ajmal Bin (Malaysia), Brian Leonard (Indonesia), and Tikun Sriphrawiang (Thailand) as the Southeast Asian representatives, while Australia’s Joshua Dent, Japan’s Eishin Naito, and New Zealand’s Dontae Nance complete the boys squad.
Meanwhile, Angelica Jenifer Candra and Vanissa Renata Siregar of Indonesia, Supawadee Aupatum (Thailand), Khee Chong Pui (Malaysia), Phung Trang Linh (Vietnam), Diane Camille Nolasco (Philippines), and Iris Yuen (Singapore) join Reina Fukuo (Japan), Summah Hanson (Australia), and Lily Taulelei (New Zealand) in the girls team.
Both squads are consisting of the top performing players of the first-ever Jr. NBA Asia Pacific Selection Camp staged June 15-16 at the Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The camp featured 34 boys and 34 girls from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Led by Jr. NBA coaches Carlos Barroca, Rob Newson and Natalia Andre, the two-day camp lessons to the participants including how to execute technical and tactical skills and develop teamwork among players of varying languages and cultural backgrounds.
In addition, Jr. NBA athletes participated in the skills challenge during the Jr. NBA All-Star Saturday Night event that featured Jr. NBA Indonesia alumni and Indonesian personalities including professional basketball player Daniel Wenas, actress and singer Mikha Tambayong, and social media influencers Hadi al Ghifary and Reynal Abipraya.
The Jr. NBA Global Championship will be held Aug. 6-11 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida.
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