NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson, together with Alaska Milk Corp. Managing Director Marco Bertacca graced the 2018 Jr NBA Philippines tip-off with representatives from Alaska, Jr NBA Alumni, and coaches last Saturday at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati (Jamil Buergo)
The annual search for young and talented ballers went underway as the 2018 edition of the Jr NBA/WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska tipped off over the weekend at the courts of Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati City.
The Jr NBA/WNBA Philippines program teaches the fundamental skills and core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to enhance the youth basketball experience for players, parents, and coaches. Open to kids 10-14 years old, Jr NBA travels around strategic key cities in the country to conduct open clinics and hold the Regional Selection Camps. Selected boys and girls in the Regional Selection Camps are then brought to Manila to participate in the National Selection Camp, wherein the top players get the chance to be named in the All-star team and participate in the Jr. NBA Asia camp. The culmination is an all-expense paid NBA experience trip.
Since 2007, the Jr NBA Philippines program has already produced several notable alumni that are now playing in various collegiate leagues and the PBA. Some notable alumni include Kiefer (2007) and Thirdy (2011) Ravena, Kobe Paras (2011), Aljon Mariano (2007), DLSU Green Archers Aljun Melecio (2012) and Ricci Rivero (2013), and most recently the tallest high school player in the country today Kai Sotto.
Aside from the young players, local coaches also get a chance to be recognized as the Jr NBA Philippines program also selects a Coach of the Year awardee. The most notable coach the Jr NBA Philippines Coach of the Year program has ever produced is Coach Aldin Ayo, who steered the Colegio San Juan de Letran Knights and the De La Salle Green Archers to NCAA and UAAP titles respectively.
“For the past 10 years, Jr. NBA Philippines has established itself as a platform to improve the youth basketball experience and promote an active and healthy lifestyle among the Filipino youth.” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson.
In terms of growing the program, Carlo Singson proudly announced they will be opening the program to financially challenged kids who wish to join the Regional Selection Camps. “This year, we’re going to have a scholarship program in Visayas and Mindanao where promising kids who cannot travel will be brought to the Regional Selection Camps in Butuan and Bacolod free of charge. We want to get representatives in as many parts of the country as possible.” Singson said.
To register and know more about the Jr. NBA/WNBA Philippines program, visit www.jrnba.asia/philippines.