50 Boys and 24 Girls Join the Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines National Training Camp


After months of scouting all four corners of the country for best athletes – from Baguio, Davao to Cebu down to Manila, 50 boys and 24 girls made it to the Jr. NBA – WNBA Philippines National Training Camp (NTC), currently held at Don Bosco Technical Institute, Makati. The National Training is the third phase of the junior basketball program where the campers will undergo a more rigid and more advanced training in terms of basketball handling with Jr. NBA – WNBA coaches headed by Coach Craig Brown and Alaska Aces’s Assistant Coach Jeff Cariaso.

2016 Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines National Training Camp qualifiers with WNBA's Taj McWilliams-Franklin and NBA's Norris Cole, Alaska Power Camp Director/Alaska Aces Assistant Coach Jeff Cariaso, NBA Philippines Country Manager Carlo Singson and coaches.

2016 Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines National
Training Camp qualifiers with WNBA’s Taj McWilliams-Franklin and NBA’s Norris Cole, Alaska Power Camp Director/Alaska Aces Assistant Coach Jeff Cariaso, NBA Philippines Country Manager Carlo Singson and coaches.

Aside from teaching the junior cagers with the fundamentals of basketball handling game strategies, the Jr. NBA – WNBA coaches are also making sure that they learn more about the STAR values (Sportsmanship, Teamwork, A Positive Attitude and Respect).

During the NTC kick-off, 2-time WNBA Champion and 6-time WNBA All Star Taj McWilliams-Franklin and 2011 Chicago Bulls 28th Overall Pick Norris Cole excitedly welcomed all the participants, and led the warm up prior to the drills.

All the 74 participants were grouped into six groups named after NBA teams – Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic, with each group taking turns in six different skills stations. The Jr. NBA – WNBA coaches are already keeping an eye for the athletes that have right skills and exhibit the STAR values. They are being assisted by the finalists of the 2016 Jr. NBA – WNBA Coach of the Year.

Day 2 of the National Training Camp will see more of the young basketeers do more training to further improve their shooting, lay up, passing and dribbling skills.At this stage, each one of them is two steps closer to their aspiration to become a Jr. NBA or Jr. WNBA Philippine All Star. And this early, all teams already went through the preliminary scrimmages. Joining the coaching staff is Alaska Power Camp coach Willie Miller.

One of the basic rules that campers should bear in mind is to always listen to their coaches. “Tinitingnan natin dito kung sino marunong makinig sa mga simple instructions. Ang skills madaling ituro yan eh. Pero ang mindset at attitude mahirap ituro yan,” shared Jr. NBA Coach Ruben Lanot during the team huddle.

From a pool of 50 boys, they will be trimmed down to just 20 on the third day of the camp. The top 20 boys and the 24 girls will put their skills to the ultimate tests during the final scrimmage. It will be a battle of skills and character – on and off court.

The 2016 Jr. NBA – WNBA Philippine All Stars are in for an exciting NBA Experience sometime in the last quarter of the year.

Jr. NBA Philippines Alumni All Star Game
Who will win this year's Jr. NBA Alumni All Star Game? Is it Team Taj or Team Norris?

Who will win this year’s Jr. NBA Alumni All Star Game? Is it Team Taj or Team Norris?

For the past three years, one of the exciting part of the National Training Camp is the Jr. NBA Philippines Alumni All Star Game. The All Star Exhibition Game is participated in by program alumni from the previous years. This year, it’s Team Norris playing against Team Taj.

Team Norris is composed of Carlo Escalambre, John Roald Mayor, Miguel Competente, Ichie Altamirano, Vince Dolendo, Luigi Velasco, SJ Belangel, Jan Cyril Narvasa, Joshua Garing, Daniel Coo, Roby Castro, Jeffy Mailim and Paul Dagunan.

Team Taj lists down Patrick Ramirez, Rendell Senining, Janjan Jaboneta, RK Ilagan, Paul Manalang,Vince Ferrer, Rhayyan Amsali, Jethro Rocamora Lloyd Oliva, Edrian Custodio, Marco Sario and Lorenzo Navarro.

Looking at the line-up of players in each team, you can already anticipate an intense game cooking up at SM MOA Music Hall on April 24, 2016, at 12:30pm. Which team are you in?

Jr. NBA – WNBA Philippines Coach of the Year

The Jr. NBA – WNBA Philippines program is also on a lookout to choose this year’s Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Coaches of the Year. The finalists of the Coach of the Year will be assessed based also on their coaching skills as they assist the Jr. NBA-WNBA coaches during the National Training Camp.

NBA Cares

On Friday, April 22, 2016, the Jr. NBA – WNBA Philippines team together with WNBA Champion Taj McWilliams-Franklin and NBA Star Norris Cole visited the kids at Baseco Compound for a morning of learning and fun.

Some 100 kids with ages 4 to 15 years old were also invited for a basketball clinic with Coach Jeff Christensen which was held at Don Bosco Technical Institute, Makati, on April 22, 2016.

Jr. NBA – WNBA Philippines is presented by Alaska.

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