There will be 38 of the best high school basketball players in the world from 24 different nations attending the WNBA All-Star Game to learn from former WNBA and FIBA players and coaches.
The NBA, WNBA, and FIBA have all announced that 38 of their top female prospects from 24 different countries will be attending the first-ever Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global camp for top high school-aged prospects from outside the United States in Las Vegas, Nevada. As part of the AT&T WNBA All-Star 2023, the tournament will be place at Doral Academy from Friday, July 14, through Sunday, July 16, 2023.
Participants in the WNBA Coach’s Development Program Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Ticha Penicheiro, Ruth Riley, and Monica Wright-Rogers will be among the many former WNBA and FIBA players and coaches who will be instructing the campers. Allison Feaster, VP of Team Operations & Organizational Growth for the Boston Celtics, will be in charge of running the camp.
Activities at this camp will range from anthropometric and athletic assessment to movement efficiency to skill development stations to shooting and skills competitions to life skills seminars and 5-on-5 games, all led by professional athletes and coaches.
On the last day of camp, those children who have excelled both on and off the court will be honored with awards such as the Kim Bohuny Camp MVP, the Patrick Baumann Sportsmanship Award, the Three-Point Champion, and the Defensive MVP. On Saturday, July 15, the campers will head to Michelob Ultra Arena for the 2023 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game.
“While BWB has historically featured co-ed camps for top male and female prospects, we saw a unique opportunity to launch a standalone camp for top female prospects from outside the U.S. at WNBA All-Star to celebrate women’s basketball and provide participants with a platform to showcase their talent in front of WNBA executives, coaches, and scouts,” said NBA Elite Basketball Women’s Operations Lead Cinnamon Lister.
“The WNBA and the women’s game as a whole have never been more popular globally,” the league said. “We look forward to bringing the next generation of international players together to continue their development alongside their peers from around the world and experience the excitement of All-Star.”
Nike, a worldwide partner of BWB since 2002, will supply all of the campers and coaches with Nike gear.
Since 2001, BWB has hosted over 4,000 campers from 136 nations and territories as part of its worldwide basketball development and community engagement program. Of those campers, 111 have gone on to play professional basketball. There have been a total of 69 BWB camps hosted by the NBA and FIBA across 45 cities in 32 nations across six continents.
Awak Kuier (Dallas Wings, Finland; BWB Global 2017), Jade Melbourne (Seattle Storm, Australia; BWB Global 2020), Iliana Rupert (Atlanta Dream, France; BWB Global 2018), Han Xu (New York Liberty, China; BWB Global 2018), and 2022-23 are all former campers who have gone on to play in the NBA or WNBA. NBA All-Star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder; Canada; BWB Global 2016) and 2023 NBA Champion Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015) both played for Kia in the NBA.
This season in the WNBA, there are more than 25 players from outside the United States.