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Basketball: Newham trio picked for Jr. NBA World Championship Europe Camp

PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 April 2018

The latest news from the local basketball scene (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

The latest news from the local basketball scene (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Oluwademilade Dada, Tinu Fakunle and Marc Mendoza will head to Slovenia for camp at end of April

Three Newham youngsters will be heading to Slovenia at the end of April after being picked to take part in the Jr. NBA World Championship Europe Camp.

Oluwademilade Dada, Tinu Fakunle and Marc Mendoza, who all play for the Newham Youngbloods, will head to the Slovenian city of Rogla for the camp, which runs from April 30-May 4.

The camp will determine the boys’ and girls’ teams aged under 14 to represent Europe at the Jr. NBA World Championship, which take place in the American city of Orlando in August.

The Jr. NBA World Championship Europe Camp will feature participants from 17 of the European countries where a Jr. NBA League currently operates.

All Jr. NBA League operating partners had the option to nominate at least one boy and one girl from each league to participate in the camp, which will be conducted by NBA Basketball Operations staff and Jr. NBA League coaches.

The camp will focus on developing technical and tactical skills in addition to three-on-three and five-on-five competition.

All coaches that will be participating in the Jr. NBA World Championship Europe Camp in Slovenia later this year will be required to hold either a FIBA Level One or possess a home nation coaching qualification.

The top 10 boys and top 10 girls will then be selected by a committee of coaches and NBA staff to take part in the Jr. NBA World Championship later in the year.

The Jr. NBA World Championship is a first-of-its kind, global youth basketball tournament for the top teams from over 70 countries around the world.

After an initial group round, the Jr. NBA World Championship will proceed to a straight knockout stage to eventually decide the victors.

Youth at the Jr. NBA World Championship will also receive off-court life skills, education and participate in NBA Cares community service projects.

Travel expenses for teams in the Jr. NBA World Championship Europe Camp and Jr. NBA World Championship will be covered by the NBA.


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