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NBA players, coaches and legends announced for BWB Asia

The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) in collaboration with the State Government of Victoria and Basketball Australia today announced the top 45 boys from 17 countries who will travel to the first Basketball without Borders (BWB) Asia Camp in Australia, which will be held June 23-26 at Dandenong Basketball Stadium in Melbourne and the Geelong Arena. BWB Asia will bring together the top male players born between 1999 and 2001 from around the Asia-Pacific region to learn directly from NBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches, including Aron Baynes (Detroit Pistons; Australia), Dante Exum (Utah Jazz; Australia), Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz; Australia), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks; U.S.), and Patty Mills (San Antonio Spurs; Australia). Baynes, Exum, Ingles, Middleton and Mills will be joined by former NBA players Bruce Bowen (U.S.) and David Robinson (U.S.); current NBL players Igor Hadziomerovic (Melbourne United; Australia), Daniel Kickert (Brisbane Bullets; Australia), Majok Majok (Melbourne United; Australia), Nate Tomlinson (Melbourne United; Australia), and Lucas Walker (Adelaide 36’ers; Australia); former WNBA and WNBL player Lauren Jackson (Australia); former WNBL player Jan Stirling (Australia); and current NBL coaches Lanard Copeland (Sydney Kings; U.S./Australia), Dean Demopoulos (Melbourne United; U.S.), Andrew Gaze (Sydney Kings; Australia), and Mike Kelly (Melbourne United; U.S./Australia). Current NBA assistant coaches Zach Guthrie (Utah Jazz), Charles Klask (Detroit Pistons), Jay Larranaga (Boston Celtics) and Jerry Stackhouse (Toronto Raptors; former NBA player; U.S.) will also serve as BWB Asia coaches.  President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC) Patrick Hunt will serve as camp director. Australian coaches will have the opportunity to learn from Demopoulos, Guthrie, Klask and Larranaga at an international coaching clinic June 25 at Dandenong Basketball Stadium.  Coaches are encouraged to register now by visiting https://reg.sportingpulse.com/regoform.cgi?formID=58472. BWB Asia will also include a girls camp for the top female players in Victoria and a Jr. NBA camp for local youth. In addition to working with the campers on the court, NBA, FIBA and NBL players and coaches will lead extensive community outreach events through NBA Cares that will leave a lasting legacy in Melbourne and Geelong.  These social responsibility efforts will focus on youth basketball development and teaching the values of the game, including teamwork, integrity and respect, on and off the court.  Activities will include a Jr. NBA youth basketball clinic, an NBA Cares court dedication, a Jr. NBA wheelchair basketball exhibition game and clinics and life skills sessions with campers. Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear. Since 2001, BWB has reached more than 2,500 participants from 130 countries and territories, with 37 campers drafted into the NBA.  Twenty-one former BWB campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2015-16 NBA season. The first-ever Basketball without Borders camp took place in Europe in July 2001.  Vlade Divac (Serbia) and Toni Kukoc (Croatia), together with former teammates from the Yugoslav national team, reunited to work with 50 children from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia and Montenegro at La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy.  Since then, the NBA and FIBA have staged 45 BWB camps in 26 cities across 22 countries on five continents.  More than 210 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined nearly 160 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world. The full BWB 2016 summer schedule will be announced in the coming months. The following is a complete list of players participating in the first BWB Asia Camp in Australia:
First Name Last Name Country
Alexander Mudronja Australia
Biar Garang Australia
Nicholas Stoddart Australia
Jason Gregg Australia
Benjamin Fakira Australia
Owen Hulland Australia
Jie Guo China
Yuxuan Liu China
Jiafeng Zhang China
Yansong Sun China
Jiaren Zhao China
Kuan-I Wu Chinese Taipei
Mao Wei-Chia Ku Chinese Taipei
Yen-Lin Chen Chinese Taipei
Kobe Sotelo Guam
Aashay Verma India
Baladhaneshwar Poiyamozhi India
Sahil India
Komang Arya Parta Wijaya Indonesia
Alborz Hasanzadehzoshki Iran
Mohammadjavad Mahmoodi Iran
Seyed Shahriar Arefifar Iran
Seishin Yokochi Japan
Shugo Asai Japan
Sota Okura Japan
Abdullah Alsawalhi Jordan
Georges El Beyrouty Lebanon
Karim Zeinoun Lebanon
Joon Kang Lee Malaysia
Samuel Waardenburg New Zealand
Daniel Fotu New Zealand
Quinn Clinton New Zealand
Hamish McDonald New Zealand
Callum McRae New Zealand
Taane Samuel New Zealand
Jed Cedrick Colonia Philippines
John Mark Lagumen Philippines
Paul Mathew Manalang Philippines
Yong-An Thng Singapore
Yunghi Ha South Korea
Sunghyun Choe South Korea
Jaehyun Oh South Korea
Yongwoo Yi South Korea
Jdar Sonsem Thailand
Shukhrat Muradhadjaev Uzbekistan
  Bios of NBA participants and coaches  
  1. Baynes, Aron (NBA Player)
Baynes (Center; Detroit Pistons; Australia) is a four-year NBA veteran, having won an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014.  Baynes attended the Australian Institute of Sport in 2005 before playing collegiately at Washington State University from 2005-2009.  He then played professionally in Lithuania, Germany, Greece and Slovenia before signing with the Spurs in 2013.  Baynes has represented Australia in international competition, having participated in the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, the 2012 London Olympics, and the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.  
  1. Bowen, Bruce (Former NBA Player)
Bowen (U.S.), a three-time NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs (’03, ’05, ’07), played in the NBA for 13 years before his retirement in 2009.  A California native, Bowen played collegiately at Cal State Fullerton from 1989-93.  He played in France and in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) from 1993-97 before signing with the Miami Heat in 1997.  He also played with the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers before signing with the Spurs in 2001.  With the Spurs, Bowen went on to become one of the most prolific wing defenders in NBA history.  In addition to his three championships, Bowen was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team five consecutive years (2004-08).  Bowen will be participating in his fourth Basketball without Borders camp.  
  1. Copeland, Lanard (NBL Assistant Coach)
Copeland (Sydney Kings; U.S./Australia) is one of the greatest American players ever to play in the NBL.  The Georgia State University graduate arrived in Australia in 1992 and immediately took the league by storm, forging the greatest backcourt in NBL history with Andrew Gaze and helping the Tigers to their first Grand Final appearance.  “Copes” would go one better the next season when he and Gaze overcame the Perth Wildcats to win the first NBL championship in Tigers history.  He would go on to win another title in 1997, also for the Tigers, and played a total of 449 games for Melbourne before closing his remarkable NBL career with brief stops in Brisbane and Adelaide.  He also has an NBA pedigree, playing for both the Philadelphia 76ers and L.A. Clippers prior to his arrival in Australia, but it is with the NBL that he gained the most fame with his Grand Final Series Most Valuable Player award in 1997 and his two All-NBL First-Team nods in 1999 and 2002.  
  1. Demopoulos, Dean (NBL Head Coach)
Demopoulos (Melbourne United; U.S.) became an Assistant Coach under John Chaney at Temple University in 1983 and remained there until 1999.  After one year as Head Coach at the University of Missouri–Kansas City in 2000, Demopoulos became lead assistant to Nate McMillan with the Seattle SuperSonics until 2005 when he moved with McMillan to the Portland Trail Blazers.  In 2010, Demopoulos was hired as an Assistant Coach by the L.A. Clippers under Vinny Del Negro.  In September 2015, coaching Melbourne United for the first time, Demopoulos became the first coach to win the NBL’s preseason competition with no previous NBL experience since Don Monson with Adelaide in 1993, and he went on to take his side to the minor premiership at the end of the regular season before bowing out in the semifinals.  
  1. Exum, Dante (NBA Player)
Exum (Guard; Utah Jazz; Australia), a native of Melbourne, Victoria, was selected fifth overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Jazz.  He attended the Australian Institute of Sport before participating in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, where he recorded 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in a 112–98 win over the USA Junior Select Team.  Exum competed in the Australian National High School Basketball Championships held between December 2013 and January 2014 before declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft.  Exum played for Australia in the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship and the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship.  He competed for the Boomers in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.  
  1. Gaze, Andrew (NBL Head Coach)
Gaze (Sydney Kings; Australia), the 12th Head Coach in the history of the Sydney Kings, averaged 29.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game in his rookie NBL season in 1984 for the Melbourne Tigers.  In the next 15 NBL seasons, Gaze never averaged below 30 points per game, and in 1987, he averaged 44.1 points per game – setting the all-time NBL single season scoring record – breaking the 50-point barrier on six occasions. Gaze attended Seton Hall University in New Jersey and led the team all the way to the final game of the NCAA tournament, where they lost by a single point in overtime to Michigan.  After a brief stint with the NBA’s then-Washington Bullets in 1994, he was signed by the San Antonio Spurs for the 1999-2000 season and won an NBA championship, becoming at the time only the second Australian to do so after Luc Longley’s three titles with the Chicago Bulls.  A five-time Olympian and captain of the Australian Olympic Team, Gaze carried the flag at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Games.  
  1. Guthrie, Zach (NBA Assistant Coach)
Guthrie (Utah Jazz; U.S.), a native of Chicago, Illinois, has served as manager of basketball strategy/technology for the Jazz since June 2015.  Before arriving in Utah, Guthrie was the Orlando Magic’s manager of advanced scouting from 2012-15.  Prior to his time in Orlando, Guthrie spent two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, ascending to the role of assistant video coordinator.  
  1. Hadziomerovic, Igor (NBL Player)
Hadziomerovic (Guard; Melbourne United; Australia), a product of the Basketball Victoria pathway, played his juniors for the Melbourne Tigers and participated on the Australian U18 National Team from 2009-10, the U19 National Team in 2011, and the Australian National Team in 2011 and 2013.  Hadziomerovic also competed in the U19 World Championships in 2010.  He attended Boise State University in Idaho before joining Melbourne United.  
  1. Hunt, Patrick (Camp Director)
Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches; Australia) has coached in more than 350 international games representing Australia, including the Olympic Games, World Championships and World University Games.  In 1981 he was appointed one of the founding coaches of the Australian Institute of Sport Basketball Program and served as Head Coach of the Men’s program from 1981 to 1992.  Hunt has coached at Basketball without Borders camps in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas over the past seven years and served as a camp director at the first annual BWB Global Camp at NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City and the second annual BWB Global Camp at NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto.  In addition to being President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC), Hunt is currently Chairman of the FIBA Technical Commission and Senior Consultant – Performance Coaching and Leadership at the Australian Institute of Sport.  Hunt was inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia in 1995 for significant and outstanding service to basketball and was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000.  In 2012 he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the USA National Association of Basketball Coaches.  
  1. Ingles, Joe (NBA Player)
Ingles (Guard/Forward; Utah Jazz; Australia), a native of Adelaide, South Australia, is a two-year NBA veteran.  He attended the Australian Institute of Sport in 2005 and 2006 before playing for the South Dragons of Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) from 2006-09, winning the NBL’s Rookie of the Year Award in 2007.  Ingles played internationally in Spain and Israel from 2009-14, winning the Euroleague championship with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2014.  After a strong appearance with the Boomers at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, Ingles joined Dante Exum and the Utah Jazz in 2014.  Ingles also competed internationally for Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey and the 2012 London Olympics.  
  1. Jackson, Lauren (Former WNBA and WNBL Player)
Jackson (Australia) is one of the most decorated female players ever to come out of Australia.  A native of New South Wales, Jackson attended the Australian Institute of Sport from 1997-1999 and was the first overall pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm.  In addition to being a four-time WNBL MVP (and a four-time WNBL Grand Finals MVP), Jackson was a seven-time WNBA All-Star, three-time WNBA MVP and a two-time WNBA champion, among many other accolades.  She has represented Australia in four Olympics and was captain of the team that won a gold medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women in Brazil.  
  1. Kelly, Mike (NBL Associate Head Coach)
Kelly (Melbourne United; U.S./Australia) had a long playing career before transitioning into coaching.  Kelly’s playing career included time in the NBL playing for South East Melbourne Magic (1996-97), during which he won the NBL Championship, the Victoria Titans (1998-99), the Townsville Crocodiles (2000-04), and the Wollongong Hawks (2005).  Prior to coming to the NBL, Kelly played for Lucky Cement in Taiwan (1989), the Griffith Demons (NSW State League, 1990), the North East Melbourne Arrows (SEABL, 1991-93), and the Nunawading Spectres (SEABL, 1994-95).  His coaching background includes Assistant Coach roles with the Wollongong Hawks (2006), Vanguard University (2007-08), Utah Valley University (2009-13), the Townsville Crocodiles (2013-14) and currently with Melbourne United as Associate Head Coach (2015-17).  
  1. Kickert, Daniel (NBL Player)
Kickert (Center; Brisbane Bullets; Australia), a Melbourne native, attended the Australian Institute of Sport before playing collegiately at Saint Mary’s (Moraga, California).  In his senior season, Kickert was named to the All-West Coast Conference First Team for the third straight year.  In 28 games (all starts), he averaged 16.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.  He finished his career ranked first in the Saint Mary’s record books with 1,868 points.  Kickert represented Australia at the 2006 World Championships and has played professionally in Italy, Spain, Poland, and the Ukraine.  He played for Melbourne United from 2014-16 before joining the Brisbane Bullets in April 2016.  
  1. Klask, Charles (NBA Assistant Coach)
Klask (Detroit Pistons; U.S.), a native of Livonia, Michigan, is in his third stint with the Pistons, having rejoined the organization before the 2014-15 season.  He previously served as an assistant coach from 2011-13 under Lawrence Frank and began as a video coordinating intern in 2001.  Between then, he was an assistant coach and advanced scout for the Brooklyn Nets during the 2013-14 season, spent nine seasons with the Orlando Magic doing video and advanced scouting, and had stints in the CBA and United States Basketball League.  
  1. Larranaga, Jay (NBA Assistant Coach)
Larranaga (Boston Celtics; U.S.), a native of The Bronx, New York, began as an assistant coach with the Celtics in 2012 after two seasons as head coach of the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.  Prior to arriving in Erie, Larranaga served as an assistant coach at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and before that was head coach of the Irish National Team for two years.  Larranaga spent the summer of 2012 as an assistant for the Ukraine National Team under former NBA coach Mike Fratello.  
  1. Majok, Majok (NBL Player)
Majok (Forward/Center; Melbourne United; Australia), a native of South Sudan, attended the Australian Institute of Sport before playing collegiately at Ball State University in Indiana.  He was All-MAC Third Team in 2013 and 2014 and played for Helios basketball club in Slovenia before joining Melbourne United.  
  1. Middleton, Khris (NBA Player)
Middleton (Guard/Forward; Milwaukee Bucks; U.S.), a native of Charleston, South Carolina, is a four-year NBA veteran.  He played collegiately for Texas A&M University before being selected 39th overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 2012 NBA Draft.  On Dec. 29, 2015, Middleton scored a career-high 36 points on 13-of-22 shooting from the field and 6-of-9 from three-point range, and matched that point total on April 20, 2016 in a 109–108 overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers.  
  1. Mills, Patty (NBA Player)
Mills (Guard; San Antonio Spurs; Australia), a native of Canberra, Australia, is a seven-year NBA veteran.  He attended the Australian Institute of Sport in 2005 and 2006 was one of 22 players invited to try out for the Australia squad for the 2006 FIBA World Championship, becoming the youngest player ever to participate in a Boomers training camp.  While he was in training with the Boomers, he was named by Basketball Australia as the Junior Male Player of the Year and went on to be named the 2006 Basketball Australia Player of the Year.  Mills played collegiately at Saint Mary’s (Moraga, California) from 2007-09, where he had his No. 13 jersey retired before being selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 55th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.  Mills went on to win an NBA championship in 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs and fellow countryman Aron Baynes.  Mills competed internationally for Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, the 2012 London Olympics, and the 2015 FIBA Oceania Championship.  
  1. Robinson, David (NBA Legend)
Robinson (U.S.) had a highly decorated 14-year NBA career before his retirement in 2003.  Nicknamed “The Admiral,” Robinson attended the Naval Academy from 1983-87 before being selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the first overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft.  Robinson went on to win two NBA championships with the Spurs (’99, ‘03), an NBA MVP (1995), and was a 10-time NBA All-Star, among many other accolades.  Robinson won gold medals at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics (as part of the “Dream Team”) and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.  
  1. Stackhouse, Jerry (NBA Assistant Coach; Former NBA Player)
Stackhouse (Toronto Raptors; U.S.) played in the NBA for 18 years before his retirement in 2013.  A native of Kinston, North Carolina, Stackhouse played collegiately the University of North Carolina from 1993-95 and was named Sports Illustrated Player of the Year in 1995 before being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the third overall pick in the 1995 NBA Draft.  Stackhouse went on to play for the Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets and was a two-time NBA All-Star with the Pistons in 2000 and 2001.  Stackhouse has served as an assistant coach with the Raptors since June 2015 and will be participating in his second Basketball without Borders camp.  
  1. Stirling, Jan (Former WNBL Player)
Stirling (Australia), a native of Adelaide, played for Australia’s Women’s National Team during the 1970s and represented Australia at the 1975 World Championship in Colombia.  Before her retirement from playing in 1991, she played 163 games in the WNBL for North Adelaide.  As a coach, she led the Adelaide Lightning to 12 straight WNBL Finals appearances.  Sterling has had a highly successful career as Head Coach of the Women’s National Team, including a gold medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Brazil and a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  In 2015, Stirling was elected to the Australian Basketball Hall of Fame.    
  1. Tomlinson, Nate (NBL Player)
Tomlinson (Guard; Melbourne United; Australia), a Sydney native, played in 129 games at the University of Colorado from 2009-12 averaging 5.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 27.5 minutes per game.  He made his NBL debut in 2012 and won the NBL’s Most Improved Player Award in 2014.  Tomlinson represented Australia at the U19 World Championship in 2007 and the World University Games in 2009.  Tomlinson served as co-captain of Melbourne United in the club’s inaugural year (2014-15), averaging 5.0 points per game and 3.1 assists per game.  
  1. Walker, Lucas (NBL Player)
Walker (Forward; Adelaide 36’ers; Australia) attended the Australian Institute of Sport in 2003 before playing collegiately at Montana State University Billings.  As a freshman in 2004–05, he was named the Pacific West Conference Freshman of the Year after averaging 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 20 games (17 starts).  In 2006, Walker transferred to Saint Mary’s (Moraga, California).  In his final year at Saint Mary’s (2008–09), Walker played in 25 games (8 starts) and averaged 2.7 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.  Walker was runner-up for Rookie of the Year in the 2010-11 NBL season and joined the 36ers for the 2015-16 season after a career with Melbourne where he was a crowd favorite with his athletic dunks and hassling defense.  Mostly cast as a small forward, he has played 131 NBL games and last season averaged 7.5 points on 50 percent shooting, to go along with 5.1 rebounds coming off the bench for United.  
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