TEN children from Cebu and two from Bacolod will represent Visayas in the National Training Camp of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines program next month.
Five boys from Cebu and two from Bacolod will take part in the camps set at the Philippine International Convention Center and the SM Mall of Asia from April 25 to 27.
They will be joined by three girls from Cebu who also stood out from the 61 finalists in the Cebu Regional Selection Camp of Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2014 presented by Alaska on Monday at the Ateneo de Cebu.
Showing great potential were Wayne Besaluña, Andrew Velasco and Steven Co of Ateneo de Cebu, Jomari Ranuco of the University of San Carlos, Jethro Rocamora of the First Christian Baptist School in Cebu, Andre Dadivas of University of St. La Salle in Bacolod and Donn Lim of St. John Institute, Bacolod.
The girls, the first-ever batch of Jr. WNBA players from Cebu, are Mary Jean Pascual of the University of Southwestern Philippines, Ma. Kassandra Bayking of Abellana National High School in Cebu and Lymiel Padilla of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu.
The Cebu Regional Selection Camp drew an attendance of 254 players from Cebu, Bohol, Bacolod, Leyte, Negros Occidental and Davao.
The Cebu finalists were chosen by the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA evaluation committee headed by Jr. NBA coach Chris Sumner of NBA Asia and PBA Legend Jojo Lastimosa of the Alaska Power Camp.
The players were selected for their all-around basketball skills and how they exhibited the Jr. NBA’s core S.T.A.R. values of sportsmanship, teamwork, positive attitude and respect.
“We looked at how the players worked with their teammates, their skills and fundamentals. We also looked out for a positive attitude. Like, if they lose the ball, how did they react? If they went right back on defense, that’s a positive attitude. This was a very competitive group, very energetic. We have some pretty skilled players here,” said Sumner.
After the selection, the NBA will donate brand new Spalding basketballs – 50 to the Cebu City Sports Commission and 30 to the participants of an NBA Cares basketball clinic for the International Care Ministries. Another NBA Cares event will be conducted at Pasil Elementary School on March 25 where the NBA will give out books, tables and chairs to the school, an adopted school of Phoenix Foundation under the Adopt-A-School Program.
Three more Regional Selection Camps will be held in Dagupan on March 29 and 30 at the Stadia, Puerto Princesa on April 5 and 6 at the Puerto Princesa Sports Complex, and at the Philippine International Convention Center Forum in Pasay City. Two previous Regional Selection Camps were held in Surigao and Iloilo.
Registration for the Regional Selection Camps can be made online on the Jr. NBA website www.jrnba.asia/philippines or on site before the start of the clinics.