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FIVERISING ITALIAN PLAYERS NAMED TO PARTICIPATE IN BASKETBALL WITHOUT BORDERS EUROPE IN ROME

Pubblicato il Lunedì 26 Maggio 2014 - Agreement and Cooperation

 

FIVERISING ITALIAN PLAYERS NAMED TO PARTICIPATE IN BASKETBALL WITHOUT BORDERS EUROPE IN ROME

 

- Elite Basketball Camp for 45 Young Players from 27EuropeanNations

to Take Place at Stella Azzura Basketball Academy-

 

- Bargnani, Datome and Gallinarito lead Coaching Staff -

 

ROME,May 26, 2014 –The names of the 45 campers who areset to attend Basketball without Borders (BWB) Europe in Romehave been released today. The National Basketball Association (NBA), International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Italian Basketball Federation (FIP) will be hosting the camp which takes place at the Stella Azzurra Basketball Academy in the Italian capital from June 2-5. Basketball without Borders is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program that uses the sport to create positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness.

 

The five Italian participants,all born in 1997, were named as Andrea Pecchia, Andrea La Torre, Marco Lusvarghi, Riccardo Cattapan and TommasoGuariglia.

 

BWB Europe will featurecurrent and former NBA players and NBA team personnel as camp coaches for45 of the most talented young basketball players from 27 European countries.  NBA players and coaches will lead daily skills stations, with the campers also playing in a series of competitive games. NBA Cares, the league's global social responsibility program, in partnership with Special Olympics Italy will also conduct a clinic with further details to be announced shortly.

 

Highlighting the camp will be three current Italian NBA players and former BWB campers: DaniloGallinari (BWB 2003, Denver Nuggets), Andrea Bargnani (BWB 2003, New York Knicks), and Italian national team captain Gigi Datome (BWB 2003, Detroit Pistons). In addition, Brandon Knight (Milwaukee Bucks) and Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) will also participate. BWB has a long tradition in Italy with Treviso playing host to the event in 2001, and 2003-05.

 

“Basketball without Borders helped me become the player and man I am today, both on and off the court,” said Gallinari. “Learning basketball and life skills from NBA players and coaches is a special opportunity that I greatly appreciated in 2003, and that I know this year's campers will greatly appreciate. I look forward to bringing the amazing BWB program back to Italy with some of my fellow countrymen, and to coaching some of the most talented teenagers in Europe. I can't wait to get started.”

 

Since the inaugural BWB Europe camp in Treviso, Italy, in 2001, the Basketball without Borders program has reached 2,100 campers from more than 120 countries, across five continents with 29 BWB campers drafted into the NBA. The 2014 BWB schedule will also see a first-time camp in Taipei, Taiwan for BWB Asia, June 13-16; with Johannesburg, South Africa hosting BWB Africa for the 11th time, August 5-8.

 

Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will again outfit the campers and coaches of all three camps with Nike apparel and footwear.

 

 

- more–

 

The following is a complete list of the top young players participating in Basketball without Borders Europe:

 

Country 

First Name

Last Name

DOB

POS

HT

WT

BELGIUM

Thomas

Akyazili

15/01/1997

PG/SG

6'2"

179

BOSNIA

Nedim

Dedovic

16/02/1997

SF

6'6"

192

BULGARIA

Nikolay

Nikolov

10/03/1997

F

6'5"

194

CROATIA

Franko

Kalpic

09/01/1997

PG/SG

6'5"

176

CROATIA

Ante

Zizic

04/01/1997

F/C

6'7"

238

CZECH REP

Simon

Pursl

29/01/1997

SF/SG

6'7"

229

ENGLAND

Joshua

Steel

14/01/1997

SG

6'4"

187

ENGLAND

Kwasi

Yeboah

15/06/1997

SG/F

6'4"

207

FINLAND

Lauri

Markkanen

22/05/1997

SG/F

6'7"

198

FRANCE

Luc

Loubaki

20/04/1997

SG

6'3"

187

FRANCE

Amine

Noua

07/02/1997

F

6'6"

198

FRANCE

Stephane

Gombauld

05/03/1997

PF

6'8"

200

GEORGIA

Levan

Gogaladze

16/10/1997

PG

6'4"

172

GERMANY

Leon

Kratzer

04/02/1997

F

6'7"

215

GERMANY

Marcel

Kessen

02/01/1997

F

6'7"

220

GREECE

Vasileios

Charalampopoulos

06/01/1997

F

6'7"

223

HUNGARY

Marcell

Pongo

03/03/1997

PG

6'4"

165

ISRAEL

Netanel

Artzi

21/03/1997

SG/F

6'6"

238

ITALY

Andrea

Pecchia

11/16/1997

F

6'4"

198

ITALY

Andrea

La Torre

14/06/1997

PG

6'6"

207

ITALY

Marco

Lusvarghi

1/16/1997

F

6'6"

198

ITALY

Riccardo

Cattapan

05/07/1997

C

6'9"

229

ITALY

Tommaso

Guariglia

8/8/1997

C

6'9"

223

LATVIA

Renars

Birkans

29/06/1997

PG

6'0"

165

LITHUANIA

Martynas

Varnas

21/01/1997

SG

6'4"

176

LITHUANIA

Martynas

Echodas

07/07/1997

C

6'7"

209

LITHUANIA

Laurynas

Birutis

27/08/1997

C

6'9"

207

MACEDONIA

Andrej

Maslinko

20/05/1997

F

6'7"

180

MONTENEGRO

Todor

Radonjic

01/04/1997

F

6'4"

196

POLAND

Marcel

Ponitka

28/08/1997

PG/SG

6'2"

176

POLAND

Maciej

Bender

28/01/1997

PF

6'8"

227

PORTUGAL

Digo Manuel

De Sousa AnjoBrito

4/24/1997

SG

6'4"

178

ROMANIA

Emanuel

Cate

7/30/1997

C

6'7"

231

RUSSIA

Timofey

Yakushin

16/01/1997

PG

6'3"

178

RUSSIA

Ilya

Karpenkov

17/02/1997

F

6'7"

242

RUSSIA

Maxim

Procshenko

25/04/1997

C

6'9"

192

SERBIA

Stefan

Peno

03/08/1997

PG

6'4"

194

SERBIA

Vanja

Marinkovic

09/01/1997

SG

6'6"

203

SERBIA

Ivan

Bojanic

10/04/1997

PF/C

6'8"

212

SLOVENIA

Blaz

Mesicek

12/06/1997

SG

6'3"

167

SPAIN

Sergi

Garcia

17/02/1997

PG

6'3"

176

SPAIN

Santiago

Yusta

28/04/1997

SG/F

6'5"

183

SPAIN

Xabier

Lopez

19/05/1997

SG

6'5"

194

SWEDEN

Samuel

Berkelund

29/01/1997

F

6'6"

183

TURKEY

Baris

Ulker

17/01/1997

F/SG

6'7"

190