Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 presented by Alaska National Training Camp officially concluded last May 19, 2019, with five girls and five boys chosen to be part of the Jr. NBA 2019 All-Star Team. 

Prolific Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Collin Sexton, WNBA Legend Ticha Penicheiro and Jr. NBA and Alaska coaches worked hand-in-hand throughout the camp and selection process. 

The ten standouts were selected during the Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 to comprise the newest batch of Jr. NBA All-Stars and represent the country at the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp. 

Sexton and Penicheiro joined coaches Carlos Barroca and Natalia Andre and Alaska coaches Jeffrey Cariaso and Tony dela Cruz to help coach the 80 participants at the Gatorade Hoops Center and Don Bosco Technical Institute on May 18 and in the boys and girls exhibition game at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 19.

Collin Sexton sharing tips with camp participants (Photo: Jr. NBA Philippines)

Among those who got the call were girls camp participants Dianne Camille Nolasco, Karylle Sierba, Mikylla Taborada, Justin Mhyrra Vibangco, and Princess BJ Marie Villarin.

They are joined by boys campers Henjz Gabriel Demisana, Joshua Minguillo, Zhan Paolo Moreno, Sebastian Roy Reyes, and Lionel Matthew Rubico.

Ticha Penichiero teaching Girls camp participants (Photo: Jr. NBA Philippines)

“The kids will have the opportunity to go to the World Championships in Orlando, so it’s a great opportunity,” said Ticha Penichiero, who is a former WNBA Champion with the Sacramento Monarchs.

“They have to understand that you have to make the most out of it and continue to work on their game, even if they don’t have practice, to go in their own and go to the playground and work on their game.” she added.

Awardees:

Gatorade Hustle Awardees: Zhan Paolo Moreno and Franchesca Isabela Buenvenida

Panasonic Rising Star Awardees: Zak Gumaya and Kaye Andrea Vivas

Coaches of the Year: Orlando Estrelles and Precious Jimenez

Alaska Ambassadors: Henjz Gabriel Demisana and Justine Mhyrra Vibangco

MVP: Sebastian Roy Reyes and Dianne Camille Nolasco

The selected participants, who are all between ages 13-14, will travel to Jakarta, Indonesia next month to represent the Philippines in the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp.

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