After setting a new attendance record last year, Butuan City will host the Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska Mindanao Regional Selection Camp for the second consecutive year at the Fr. SaturninoUrios University on April 13-14. The league’s youth basketball participation program returns to the Caraga region to teach basketball fundamentals and impart core values of the game to boys and girls ages 10-14.
Participants will be trained by Jr. NBA coaches led by Carlos Barroca of the NBA and PBA Legend Jeffrey Cariaso. Tipping off on April 13, Saturday, at 7:00 a.m, the two-day event will provide players a series of fundamental basketball drills measuring proficiency in dribbling, passing, shooting, lay-ups and footwork. Top performers will advance to April 14, Sunday,to experience advanced basketball instruction and participate in team exercises and scrimmages.
Boys and girls will vie for slots to represent Mindanao in the Jr. NBA Philippines National Training Camp in Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati on May 17-19, which will include aspiring Jr. NBA players from the Regional Selection Camps in Benguet, Lucena, Dumaguete, and the final camp in Metro Manila on April 27-28, and the Alaska Power Camp.
As many as five boys and five girls will compose the 2019 Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars that will participate in the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp, a week-long selection camp in June with top youth players from North Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific region.
In addition, the top performing 10 boys and 10 girls will represent Asia Pacific in the second Jr. NBA Global Championship held Aug. 6-11 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida.The international event will feature talented youth from the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, China, Mexico, Africa, India and the Asia-Pacific.
Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 is presented by Alaska, with AXA, Gatorade, Globe, Panasonic, Rexona, and Vivo as official partners. ABS-CBN S+A, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the official broadcasters of Jr. NBA Philippines.
Participants can register for the Jr. NBA program online at www.jrnba.asia/philippines, and follow Jr. NBA on Facebook and the NBA at www.nba.com and on Facebook and Twitter. Fans can visit www.alaskamilk.com to learn more about Alaska Milk Corporation, and follow Alaska Milk on Facebook for more information about Alaska Sports.