Players from seven NBA academies around the world and 50 of Australia's top prospects will meet in the second NBA Academy Games and Basketball Australia Prospects Camp in Australia, which for the first time will be attended by NBA team personnel and college coaches.
The NBA will announce a series of exhibition games -- featuring prospects from academies in Australia, China, India, Mexico and Senegal along with five local teams comprised of 50 top Australian prospects -- to take place July 15-21 at the NBA Global Academy in Canberra, Australia. NBA Academy coaches will also be running prospects through on- and off-the-court activities, focusing on basketball and life skills plus health and wellness.
"It's been an incredible year for the NBA Academies program," said Brooks Meek, NBA vice president, international basketball operations and head of Elite Basketball. "Prospects from the seven NBA Academies have had the opportunity to travel to Europe and the U.S. to compete against top competition, the first two NBA Academy graduates verbally committed to NCAA schools, and our academies have hosted a series of camps for top female prospects from outside the U.S.
"Our second NBA Academy Games will give returning and new prospects the opportunity to compete against and learn from one another."
The NBA Academies were established by the NBA to further player development with additional focus on education, leadership, health and wellness and life skills for top male and female international basketball prospects. The NBA Academies give prospects exposure to NBA-level coaching, facilities and competition.