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NBA INTERNATIONAL ELITE basketball APRIL-JUNE 2020 NEWSLETTER

NBA ACADEMY CLASS OF 2020 - COLLEGE COMMITMENTS

NBA Global Academy athletes SIGN NBL NExt StarS CONTRACTS

MOJAVE KING (AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND), CAIRNS TAIPANS

Mojave King of the NBA Global Academy signed with the Cairns Taipans as a part of the National Basketball League's (NBL) Next Stars program in March of this year. King is a 17 year-old 6’6" wing and projected 2021 first-round NBA draft pick that gained significant attention from NBA personnel, professional scouts, and high-major NCAA colleges and universities after a standout performance at the NBA Academy Games in July of 2019 in Atlanta.

ESPN draft analyst Jonathan Givony scouted King at L'Hospitalet in Barcelona saying:

"A smooth, 6-foot-5 off-guard with a strong frame, good athleticism and versatility, Mojave King proved to be the tournament's best perimeter shooter, knocking down 14 of his 29 3-point attempts in just more than 100 minutes of action. King historically has been happy to defer to others, but his ability to score in the open floor, hit clean jumpers, get teammates involved and make the right play is interesting, considering his youth and physical tools. The next step in his development will be for him to play with more aggressiveness on both ends of the floor and become a more dynamic ball handler."

JOSH GIDDEY (AUSTRALIA), ADELAIDE 36ers

A second NBA Global Academy athlete, Josh Giddey, signed an NBL Next Stars contract in March with the Adelaide 36ers. Giddey is a 17 year-old 6’8" point guard who has impressed at numerous big time events including a Tournament MVP performance at the Torneo Junior Ciutat De L’Hospitalet in Barcelona in January 2020 and a Camp All-Star selection at the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in Chicago in February 2020. In February 2020, he also became the youngest male selected to the Australian Senior National Team since Ben Simmons.

ESPN draft analyst Jonathan Givony scouted Giddey at L'Hospitalet in Barcelona saying:

"Tournament MVP Josh Giddey, a 6-foot-8 guard who operated as the academy's playmaker while often guarding 4s in small-ball lineups, showed his versatility with an impressive line of 19 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists per 40 minutes. Without great length, size or explosiveness, Giddey relies on feel, creativity and swagger to separate himself. You'll often see him throw an outlet pass the length of the floor with his off-hand off a live dribble and then make an impeccable read operating out of pick-and roll. His lack of traditional athleticism, streaky jumper, upright defensive stance and at-times inability to beat longer players off the dribble mean he'll likely have to win scouts over with productivity at higher levels. But he's improving rapidly, even if it might take him a few years to maximize his draft stock."

HOMECOURT CHALLENGES & VIRTUAL BASKETBALL SESSIONS

The NBA Academy, NBA Basketball Schools, and HomeCourt App partnered to launch months worth of #StayInTheGame challenges to help young basketball players around the globe work on their game through agility, defense, dribbling, and footwork drills.

NBA ACADEMY INDIA

In May and June, five NBA Academy India athletes inspired young athletes from the NBA Basketball Schools India program by participating in video calls with to share their experiences and advice. Male athletes Achintya Krishna, Amaan Sandhu, and Pranav Prince as well as female athletes Siya Deodhar and Harsimran Kaur fielded questions from the NBA Basketball Schools participants with subjects ranging from diet, training habits, and academic and basketball goals, among many others.

NBA ACADEMY WOMEN'S PROGRAM

The NBA Academy Women’s Program selected 40 of the top international high school-aged female players from around the world to participate in online programming led by NBA and WNBA staff, legends, and current players. The program engages with the players weekly through video content, challenges, and video calls focused on life skills, basketball IQ, basketball drills, NCAA prep, and body/health awareness.

In May, WNBA Hall of Famer Ticha Penicheiro chatted with the girls about her experience in the WNBA, role models, and the differences in the professional and college pathways to the WNBA. Additionally, WNBA Hall of Famer Ruth Riley interviewed NBA Academy India Women’s Program alumni Sanjana Ramesh (Northern Arizona University) on Instagram Live.

NBA BASKETBALL SCHOOLS

The NBA Basketball School programs in Brazil, Dubai, and India all launched virtual basketball sessions for all players focused on fundamental skill development as well as fitness and mobility drills while at home. Raul Neto of the Philadelphia 76ers joined the second virtual NBA Basketball School Brazil session encouraging the 231 players to continue working on their games at home despite the difficult and challenging times during the coronavirus pandemic.

MEDIA Highlights

USA Today / Knoxville News Sentinel (Mike Wilson) -- How the NBA Global Academy Prepared Santiago Vescovi to Make a Splash with Vols

Knoxville News Sentinel (Mike Wilson) -- How Tennessee basketball recruited Santiago Vescovi during hectic 3 months from prospect to starter

The Times of India (Jaspreet Sahni) -- Hoop of Hope: Harsh Dagar Won't Let Pandemic Stop Him from Chasing his Basketball Dreams

247 Sports (Travis Branham) -- 2021 Big Man Tre-Vaughn Minott Picking Up High Major Interest

247 Sports (Travis Branham) -- Five Programs Interested in 2022 Aussie Standout Dyson Daniels

WHAT’S NEXT?

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