The Jr. NBA Global Championship commences tomorrow in Orlando Florida, and Australia will be flying the flag, with the three Australians taking part in the event.
Written by Oliver Kay
The youth tournament, held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney Resort, brings together some of the best 13 and 14-year-old players from the USA and around the world. It will run from August 6-11.
After a selection camp in Indonesia earlier in the year, Australians Joshua Dent (NSW) and Summah Hanson (QLD) were selected to represent the two Asia-Pacific teams. In addition, Craig Stratford was selected to coach the boys team.
Organised by the NBA, the six-day event acts acts as an environment for top players and coaches to develop, while also growing the sport globally.
As well as numerous USA teams, the international contingent includes teams from China, Africa, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, India, Latin America and Mexico.
The tournament will have a girls and boys division, with each division divided into a USA and International bracket. From there, a round-robin will ensue, leading to an elimination stage, with the winner of each bracket playing off for the Global Championship.
2019 marks the second year the NBA has held the Jr. Global Championship. At the inaugural event last year, the Bulleen Boomers and the Eltham Wildcats made impressive runs. In the girls division the Boomers made it to the international Final, losing to Europe. In the boys division the Wildcats managed got to the international semi-finals, falling to Canada.