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Africa: Jr. NBA Showcase Presented By Nike Featuring Elite Youth Basketball Players from Around the World To Take Place In Las Vegas In July

40 Elite Male and Female Players From 17 Countries Will Participate in Skill Development, Leadership Programming and Competitions from July 12-16 in Conjunction with WNBA All-Star and NBA Summer League (https://www.NBA.com); Global Basketball Showcase for Next Generation of Elite Players Highlighted by Exhibition Games on July 15 at Cox Pavilion.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) today announced that the Jr. NBA Showcase presented by Nike, a global youth basketball event featuring 40 elite 13- and 14-year-old players from 17 countries, will take place in Las Vegas from July 12-16, 2023.  The multi-day basketball and leadership development event, which will coincide with AT&T WNBA All-Star 2023 and NBA 2K24 Summer League 2023, will be highlighted by exhibition games taking place on Saturday, July 15 at Cox Pavilion.

Throughout the week, Jr. NBA Showcase participants will take part in skill development workouts, team practices and exhibition games against and alongside their peers from around the world.  The youth players will also have the opportunity to showcase their talent during the Jr. NBA Showcase Skills Competition presented by Gatorade on Friday, July 14 which will feature three-point, dunk and skills contests, hosted on the AT&T WNBA All-Star court.

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Additionally, participants will lead a youth basketball clinic as part of the event’s NBA Cares activities, take part in life skills and leadership development programming under the guidance of current and former NBA, WNBA and NBA G League players and coaches, and experience the excitement of the WNBA and NBA by attending events and games as part of AT&T WNBA All-Star Weekend and NBA 2K24 Summer League.

“The Jr. NBA Showcase will provide a platform for elite players from around the world to further develop as players and leaders, showcase their potential and create lifelong memories at what will be the epicenter of basketball in Las Vegas this summer,” said NBA Senior Vice President, Head of Youth Basketball Development David Krichavsky.  “Together with Nike, the NBA and WNBA are committed to improving the youth basketball experience at all levels of the game, and the Jr. NBA Showcase provides an opportunity to help prepare standout 13- and 14-year-old players for the next step in their basketball journeys.”

The NBA’s basketball development efforts include a grassroots to elite system that provides age- and stage-appropriate programming to help players develop safely and effectively at all levels.  The Jr. NBA Showcase adds a unique layer to the league’s existing efforts to provide development opportunities for middle school and rising high-school-age athletes.

In addition to NIKE, AT&T, Gatorade, and Wilson are among the roster of world-class partners that will support the Jr. NBA Showcase and enhance the experience for participating players and coaches.

The Jr. NBA Showcase exhibition games will stream live on the NBA App and air on NBA TV at a later date.

To learn more about the event or the Jr. NBA, visit Jr.NBA.com or follow the Jr. NBA on Facebook (Jr. NBA), Instagram (@jrnba), YouTube (Jr. NBA) and Twitter (@jrnba).

Below is a complete list of players participating in the Jr. NBA Showcase (rosters subject to change):

INTERNATIONAL BOYS ROSTER

Name Home Country
Wael Aguenaou Marrakesh, Morocco
Emmanuel Ahamefule London, England
Nicolas Alejandro Gonzalez Martin Montevideo, Uruguay
Petar Bjelica Belgrade, Serbia
Lun Jarc Ljubljana, Slovenia
Nate Langmaid Melbourne, Australia
Kaito Nakamura Hyogo, Japan
Joel Ntale Kabugi Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Saul Octavio Quiroz Duarte Tijuana, Mexico
Mamadou Sow Thiés, Senegal

U.S. BOYS ROSTER

Name Hometown
Isaac Bongen Portland, Oregon
Mason Collins Columbia, South Carolina
Lincoln Cosby Liberty Township, Ohio
Erick Dampier Jr. Ridgeland, Mississippi
Derek Daniels Washington, District of Columbia
Ahmad Hudson Ruston, Louisiana
Tyrone Jamison Jr. Shreveport, Louisiana
Gabriel Nesmith West Palm Beach, Florida
Babatunde Oladotun Silver Spring, Maryland
Tyler Sutton Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

INTERNATIONAL GIRLS ROSTER

Name Home Country
Zeina Ayman Haleem Cairo, Egypt
Klara Bilusic Zagreb, Croatia
Shannon Dominique Susila Surabaya, Indonesia
Rabeniamina Kaloniaina Tiffany Antananarivo, Madagascar
Nada Maksimovic Belgrade, Serbia
Oghenetega Precious Ogbodu Lagos, Nigeria
Florencia Ribolla Wilson Mercedes, Uruguay
Ayvah Ricli Perth, Australia
Barbora Subova Brno, Czech Republic
Aislin Tamez Torres Monterrey, Mexico

U.S. GIRLS ROSTER

Name Hometown
Jezelle Banks Wilmington, Delaware
Ryan Carter Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sydney Douglas Upland, California
Miciah Fusilier Camden, Arkansas
Lillie Graves Lafayette, Indiana
Lauren Hassell Clarksville, Tennessee
Micah Ojo Charlotte, North Carolina
Jordyn Palmer Oxford, Pennsylvania
Qandace Samuels District Heights, Maryland
Nation Williams Las Vegas, Nevada

* Players will be coached by Terri Bamford, Nesma Khalifa, Djordje Opacic and Marcel Smith

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