(Toronto) NBA players Chris Boucher, Luguentz Dort and Bennedict Mathurin will be among the coaches at the Basketball Sans Frontières des Amériques camp in Longueuil next week.
The 12th edition of the camp will be held from June 22 to 25 at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit, the NBA and FIBA announced.
The event will bring together the best 18 and under players from Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. They will learn in contact in particular with Boucher of the Raptors, Dort of the Thunder and Mathurin of the Pacers.
Originally from Montreal North, Dort and Mathurin took part in the BSF world camp in 2017 and 2020, respectively.
The other coaches at BSF des Amériques are assistants in the NBA: Eric Khoury (Raptors), Rodney Billups (Blazers), Joe Boylan (Timberwolves), Quinton Crawford (Mavericks), Bruce Fraser (Warriors) and Jay Hernandez (Nets).
Camp participants will also take part in activities related to daily living, leadership development and the NBA Cares program, dedicated to community involvement.
“We are thrilled to bring Basketball Without Borders back to Canada. We look forward to welcoming the best prospects to Quebec,” said NBA assistant vice-president Chris Ebersole, responsible for international basketball operations, as well as elite development.
“They will have the opportunity to grow with their peers and learn from players who were in their shoes not too long ago. »
A total of 38 former BSF participants were part of an NBA club at the start of the recently concluded season. In addition to Dort and Mathurin, we should mention Ontarians Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (BSF Mondial 2016, in Toronto) and Jamal Murray (BSF Mondial 2015).
Murray helped the Nuggets win the NBA championship this year. Gilgeous-Alexander plays alongside Dort with OKC.
BSF is the global development program of the NBA and FIBA. Last year, the 11th edition of the Americas stream was presented at the NBA Academy Latin America complex in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
In the Americas, BSF has also taken place in Argentina (2005, 2013), Brazil (2004, 2007, 2011), Colombia (2019), Dominican Republic (2015), Mexico (2009), Puerto Rico ( 2006) and the Bahamas (2017).
Since 2001, the program has welcomed more than 4,000 participants from 135 countries and territories. A total of 106 alumni have advanced to the NBA or WNBA.
The NBA and FIBA have hosted 68 BSF camps in 45 cities across 32 countries.