NBA Academy Exhibition Games Slated to Return to Australia
The NBA continues to do its part internationally.
On Thursday, it was announced that amateur players from seven NBA academies around the world and 50 of Australia’s top prospects will come together for the second NBA Academy Games in Australia. This event marks the first time in its history that NBA team personnel and collegiate coaches are scheduled to attend.
“It’s been an incredible year for the NBA Academies program,” said Brooks Meek, NBA vice president, international basketball operations and head of Elite Basketball. “Prospects from the seven NBA Academies have had the opportunity to travel to Europe and the U.S. to compete against top competition, the first two NBA Academy graduates verbally committed to NCAA schools, and our academies have hosted a series of camps for top female prospects from outside the U.S.
“Our second NBA Academy Games will give returning and new prospects the opportunity to compete against and learn from one another.”
The League is slated to announce a series of exhibition games featuring top prospects from NBA academies in Australia, China, India, Mexico, and Senegal, along with the local teams of Australian prospects. The games will take place between July 15-21 at the NBA Global Academy in Canberra, Australia.
There will not only be an emphasis on basketball during this exhibition week. NBA Academy coaches will also teach the prospects important life skills both on and off the floor, as well as highlight the keys of health and wellness. In an effort to increase its global outreach, this marks yet another big win for the NBA.