Batang Gilas aces Padrigao, Cortez earn invites to Basketball Without Borders Asia
Forthsky 'Rence' Padrigao is bound for the 10th Basketball Without Borders Asia, an outreach program organized by the NBA, Fiba, and the Basketball Federation of India.

FORTHSKY Padrigao of Ateneo and Raven Cortez of De La Salle-Zobel are among the 66 boys and girls from 16 countries and territories who will participate in the 10th Basketball Without Borders Asia, an outreach program organized by the NBA, Fiba, and the Basketball Federation of India (BFI).

The event will be held on May 30 to June 2 at The NBA Academy in Delhi National Capital Region.

Padrigao and Cortez, members of the Batang Gilas pool, are the only Filipinos in the camp that also features players from host India, Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.

Corey Brewer of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Caris LeVert of the Brooklyn Nets, Kelly Olynk of the Miami Heat, Dwight Powell of the Dallas Mavericks, two-time WNBA champion Ruth Riley, and former WNBA player Ebony Hoffman will be the coaches of the camp.

BWB Asia 2018 will feature two current prospects from NBA Academies, the league’s signature elite player development initiative that consists of a network of elite basketball training centers around the world for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S. 

Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Delhi NCR, India; Mexico City, Mexico; and Thies, Senegal.

 Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication. 

One boy and one girl will be named BWB Asia 2018 Most Valuable Players after the four-day camp.

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