AN All-Star alumni game highlights this year’s staging of the Jr. NBA Philippines 2013 presented by Alaska on April 28 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The two alumni teams will feature players who were part of the Jr. NBA Philippines from 2007 to 2012 and are now playing in various collegiate leagues nationwide.
This marks the first time an All-Star Alumni game will be played as part of the Jr. NBA Philippines, whose main event is the holding of the National Training Camp also on the same day.
The Jr. NBA All Stars alumni will be bannered by Aljon Mariano of University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines’ Henry Asilum, UST junior players John Roald Mayor, Patrick Ramirez, Thristan Laman, and Patrick Nigel Go, University of the East Junior Warriors Itchie Altamirano and Paul Dagunan, and National University Bullpup Hubert Cani.
Completing the cast are De La Salle Zobel’s Aljun Jay Melecio, La Salle Greenhills’ Kobe Paras, Ateneo’s Mio Puno, San Sebastian’s Carlo Escalambre and RK Ilagan, Jose Rizal’s Aldrin Fegidero and Ateneo de Cebu’s Miguel Competente.
The game will be played at noontime prior to the staging of the National Training Camp.
Former NBA star Muggsy Bogues will coach Team Muggsy, while PBA great Jojo Lastimosa will call the shot for Team Jolas.
Bogues is arriving in Manila to join the coaching staff of the National Training Camp.
A players’ draft will be held on April 13 to determine the composition of each team.
Shortly after the training camp, the new Jr. NBA All Stars will be selected from a pool of 50 participants aged 10 to 14-years-old who stood out in the Regional Selection Camps held in Dagupan, Davao, Lucena, the NCR, and the Alaska Power Camp.
The new batch of Jr. NBA All Stars – like the Jr. NBA All Stars Alumni – will be rewarded with an authentic NBA experience abroad plus the chance to play against their Jr. NBA counterparts.
This is the sixth consecutive staging of the Jr. NBA in the country.