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Day 3 wrap: BWB Asia

Basketball without Borders (BWB) Asia increased in intensity on Saturday with scrimmages and training drills turning into refereed games amongst the groups. The talent on offer across the camp is an example of why a record 26 international players were selected in the 2016 Draft on Friday, with Ben Simmons becoming the third international player selected No. 1 in the last four years. Of the 30 players picked in the first round, 14 of them were from outside the United States. [ooyala code="lpMmxkNDE699EwQcH52YG00rfn2xgBiS" player_id="d5b993422b3e4b5ebd61f9e19ca2a6a5" width="1920" height="1080" auto="true"] “It’s huge,” NBA legend Jerry Stackhouse said after putting his group of international juniors through their paces all morning. “Some of the best NBA players are internationals these days and this camp, BWB Asia, is an important part of that whole process.” BWB Asia conducted in conjunction with FIBA, the NBL and the State Government of Victoria, has brought together some of the best young male talent from around the Asia-Pacific region, to learn directly from a star-studded line-up of NBA, FIBA and NBL players, legends and coaches. It has also involved a girls camp for the top female players in Victoria and a Jr. NBA camp for local youth in partnership with Basketball Australia and Basketball Victoria. Stackhouse, a two-time NBA All-Star, oozed energy with his passionate on-court instruction. Currently working as an Assistant Coach with the Toronto Raptors, Stackhouse cut hard off the down-screen to demonstrate working without the ball. A few minutes later, former San Antonio Spurs small forward Bruce Bowen was teaching his players the finer points of playing defence. “I’ve played a lot of basketball in my time,” Bowen told the group. “A lot of people don’t want to play defence but let me tell you something: defence wins championships.” He should know; the legendary lockdown defender was elected to the NBA All-Defensive First and Second teams eight times during his career and was a member of Spurs teams that won NBA titles in 2003, 2005 and 2007. “When you’re out here competing, play with heart and bring that defence,” he added. On the next court over, Milwaukee Bucks small forward Khris Middleton and Detroit Pistons centre Aron Baynes were addressing the female campers. “What’s your game day routine like?” one camper asked. Middleton, a talented small forward who averaged 18 points per game with the Bucks last season, mapped it out as the girls took mental notes. “Coming out here to see these young players hoop, it’s been pretty cool to watch them play and try to help them,” Middleton explained afterwards. “They’re just trying to soak up as much information as they can from us, which I would do too if I was in their shoes.” New Zealand’s Sam Waardenburg, an impressive 17-year-old lefty out of Auckland, has been learning from Middleton all week. “He’s helping me out a lot, just giving me little things to work on to help my game,” Waardenburg said. “It’s such a great environment having all these pro guys around, you can just learn so much.” Director of the Jr. NBA Camp, Chris Ebersole, could not be more impressed with the local youth he’s working with. “These kids are talented, coachable, focused and want to get better. It makes our job easier and more fun when we have kids like that,” Ebersole said. They’re also students of the game, listening in awe as Bowen and 1995 NBA MVP David Robinson imparted their wisdom. “Everything you do is a reflection of who you are,” Robinson told them. “If you put consistent effort forward you’re going to have success, both in basketball and in life.” “Can you still dunk?” came the obligatory final question. The fifty-year-old ‘dropped the mic’ by throwing down a trademark two-hander. Yep, the Admiral’s still got it. “David and Bruce are both fantastic and we had Dante (Exum), Joe (Ingles) and Stackhouse talk to them yesterday as well,” Ebersole said. “It’s so valuable for the kids to hear what these guys have to say. It’s a way for them to learn about the values of the game, both on and off the court.” In fact, as Ebersole explained, those values are perhaps BWB’s greatest gift. “I hope that the kids can take away more basketball skills but, bigger than that, we want to promote life skills that will help them succeed off the court.”
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