The inaugural Basketball Without Borders camp, run by the NBA and basketball governing body FIBA, was held in 2001. Since then, BWB has hosted players from across the globe at camps in 22 countries on five continents.
A welcomed addition to the scouting calendar when the camp was held for the first time in 2015 at All-Star Weekend in New York City, the BWB Global Camp gives NBA team personnel unparalleled access to the future of global hoops on North American soil, saving quite a bit of time and money, and giving prospects invaluable exposure in front of top-level decision makers.
This year figures to continue the great tradition of the Basketball without Borders program while building a bridge between the event and the NBA's new Global Academy Initiative, which is already underway in several countries around the world. Some of the players attending are indeed some of the select few currently in the NBA Academy pipeline, which will continue to grow side by side with the BWB program for years to come.
We also find a heavy influence of internationals currently enrolled in American high schools, which makes sense for logistical reasons. In the future, some of these players may elect to take the NBA Academy route, but for now thousands of young prospects pour into the US every year to enroll in high schools and prep schools, and will end up playing college basketball.
DraftExpress will once again be in attendance covering all three days of the camp and evaluating the prospects in attendance.
Directors and Staff
Current and former NBA players in attendance will include Cheick Diallo (Mali), Wayne Ellington, Justin Holiday, Meyers Leonard, Thon Maker (South Sudan), Emmanuel Mudiay (DR Congo), Jamal Murray (Canada), Adonal Foyle (St. Vincent and Grenadines), Rushia Brown, Ebony Hoffman, and Ruth Riley as well as select players from the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. They'll be joined by current and former NBA coaches including Joe Connelly (Denver), Jay Hernandez (Orlando), Fred Vinson (New Orleans), and Matt Riccardi (NBADL).
Gersson Rosas (Houston), Marin Sedlacek (Philadelphia), Masai Ujiri (Toronto), and Patrick Hunt (WABC) will serve as camp directors. Wally Blase will serve as the camp's athletic trainer.
Like last year, this year's camp roster features plenty of familiar names, some unknowns, a few returnees, and plenty of future NBA prospects, although very few will be draft eligible this June. The 41 attendees hail from 24 different countries and include a total of five consensus top-15 prep prospects from the 2017, 2018, and 2019 classes.
|Glofate Garcia Buiamba||6'6"||SF||1999||18.0||Angola|
|Jae Min Yang||6'6"||C||1999||17.6||South Korea|
|Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua||6'10"||PF/C||1999||17.7||Cameroon|
|Patrick Mwamba Kazumba||6'7"||SF||1999||17.3||Congo DR|
|Quinn Clinton||6'3"||PG/SG||1999||18.0||New Zealand|
|Remy Brewer||6'7"||G||Trinidad & Tobago|
|Silvio De Sousa||6'8"||PF||1998||18.3||Angola|
|Souleymane Doumbia||6'11"||C||1999||17.8||Ivory Coast|
|Taane Samuel||6'7"||SF||1999||17.7||New Zealand|
An outstanding physical specimen already with great size, long arms, and terrific athleticism, Barrett looks the part of an elite wing prospect on first glance at just 16 years old. A powerful slasher who flashes outstanding body control as a finisher, and unselfish passing ability, Barrett has a promising skill set, the improvement of which NBA scouts will be keeping a close eye on here. If Barrett can demonstrate improved shot making ability from the perimeter and a bit more creativity off the dribble and around the rim while playing his normally terrific defense, the lefty will build on the momentum he's already garnered as one of the top prospects in high school basketball.
A gifted athlete who finishes explosively around the rim, shows some skill from the midrange, and has the tools to be a presence on the glass and as a rim protector, Bassey is an intriguing big man prospect with loads of raw talent. Less battle tested than many of the older prospects on this roster, this camp should be a great litmus test for where the 16-year-old stands against a group of more polished peers and where he needs to improve the most moving forward.
Canada is well represented at this camp, with six players other than Barrett on the roster in Andrew Nembhard, Emmanuel Akot, Luguentz Dort, Simi Shittu, Ignas Brazdeikis and Noah Kirkwood.
Showing good size, a nice frame, solid athleticism, and a fairly versatile skill-set, Kirkwood has many of the requisite tools you look for in a young wing prospect. His high basketball IQ, coupled with his solid intensity level defensively, makes him someone NBA teams will want to take note of, even if it might take him a few years to put it all together as a prospect.
Besides De Souza, there are quite a few other prospects invited to this camp originally born in Africa who are now playing high school basketball in the US. Abdoul Coulibaly, Blaise Keita and Moulaye Sissoko are three participants from Mali who have arrived in the States within the past year or two. Tarek Raafat is an American-Egyptian point guard at Ridgeview high school in North Carolina. Souleymane Doumbia is a big man from the Ivory Coast playing at Athlos Leadership in Texas.
Other European participants include power forward Sergi Martinez, point guard Arnas Velicka and wing Andrija Marjanovic, who are all coming off a strong showing in the Adidas Next Generation Tournament in L'Hospitalet playing for FC Barcelona. They will be joined by Germans Isaac Bonga and Philipp Herkenhoff.
Other Australians invited include Callum Dalton, and Sam Froling, the brother of last year's MVP, Harry Froling (now redshirting at Marquette after transferring from SMU following just one semester). New Zealand will have two participants from their U18 national team that heroically knocked off Australia at the U18 Oceania championship and secured a berth at the U19 World Championship. They are Quinn Clinton, a combo guard committed to New Mexico, and Taane Samuel, an athletic combo forward who has BWB experience from the Asia Camp last summer.
Argentineans Francisco Caffaro and Lautaro Lopez will represent South America at the BWB. Caffaro is an athletic 6'11 big man who is currently enrolled at the NBA Academy in Canberra, Australia. Lopez is a creative point guard already seeing minutes in the Argentinean first division. Unfortunately, Pedro Barros Nunes from Joventut (via Brazil) was forced to withdraw from the Camp due to an injury.
Asia is also well represented with Junjie Wang and Haofeng Sun traveling from China, Kevin Zhang, a solidly built Chinese forward and class of 2018 high school recruit currently enrolled at La Lumiere in Indiana, and Jae Min Yang of South Korea, who is playing in Madrid with Torrelodones. Yang had a strong showing at the U17 World Championship in Zaragoza, averaging 14 points per game for a South Korean team that exceeded expectations beating China and France and qualifying for the quarterfinals. India is sending a 7-footer in Aashay Verma, who is currently enrolled in the NBA Global Academy in Australia.