CLEVELAND Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro will visit Manila next week to help coach top youth players aged 13-14 at the 2019 Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska.
National Training Camp participants will experience world-class coaching at the Don Bosco Technical Institute on May 18, with the most outstanding athletes competing in the boys and girls exhibition game at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 19.
Sexton and Penicheiro will help select the top five boys and five girls from the 80 finalists who will be named to the 2019 Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars and serve as assistant coaches for the annual Jr. NBA Alumni All-Star Game.
“I’m excited to work with aspiring young athletes and help contribute to their basketball development,” said Sexton. “The Jr. NBA is a perfect program for them to learn essential skills and values that will help elevate their game.”
Sexton was selected eighth overall in the 2018 NBA Rookie Draft and averaged 16.6 points, 3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game in the Cavaliers' first season without top star LeBron James.
Penicheiro, drafted 2nd overall by the Sacramento Monarchs in the 1998 WNBA Draft, is a WNBA champion and a four-time WNBA All-Star.
Named as part of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time, Penicheiro spent 15 seasons in the WNBA with the Sacramento Monarchs, Los Angeles Sparks and Chicago Sky and will be part of the 2019 class to be enshrined to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame this June.
“Jr. NBA continues to be an inclusive platform for boys and girls, encouraging sports participation and instilling an active and healthy lifestyle among the Filipino youth,” said Penicheiro. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to nurture their holistic growth and put them in a position to succeed in basketball and in life.”
The National Training Camp finalists were selected from Regional Selection Camps in Benguet, Butuan, Dumaguete, Lucena and Metro Manila, and from the Alaska Power Camp. In addition, the 2019 Coaches of the Year will be identified during the National Training Camp.
Since its launch in 2007, Jr. NBA Philippines has reached an estimated two million players, coaches and parents in over 190 cities and municipalities nationwide, teaching the fundamentals of basketball and the program’s core values of sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude, and respect (S.T.A.R.).