Niyah Becker of Winnipeg is one of ten female high school basketball players from around the world who have been invited to the NBA All Star Weekend’s 2nd Annual “Basketball Without Borders” global training camp. Becker will join 4 other Canadian Female High School Basketball players invited to the prestigious event, scheduled for February 12-14 in Toronto.
In all, 53 boys and girls from 27 different countries comprising of the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe will have the opportunity to work with the likes of NBA Legend Yao Ming (China) and former BWB campers Bruno Caboclo (Toronto Raptors; Brazil; BWB Americas 2013), Danilo Gallinari (Denver Nuggets; Italy; BWB Europe 2003), and Greivis Vasquez (Milwaukee Bucks; Venezuela; BWB Americas 2004).
Yao, Caboclo, Gallinari and Vasquez will be joined by Bismack Biyombo (Toronto Raptors; Democratic Republic of the Congo), Jeremy Lamb (Charlotte Hornets; U.S.), WNBA player Natalie Achonwa (Indiana Fever; Canadian senior women’s national team), former NBA players Zarko Cabarkapa (Serbia), Pat Garrity (U.S.), Randy Livingston (U.S.), Vladimir Radmanovic (Serbia) and Jerry Stackhouse (U.S.), as well as select players from the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.
Niyah, a grade 10 student at Vincent Massey Collegiate, just returned from a Canadian National Team training camp and is also a member of the Manitoba Provincial Team and Centre for Performance Program.
Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication. One boy and one girl will be named BWB Global Camp MVPs at the conclusion of the three-day camp.
The campers will also attend the Rising Stars Challenge, NBA All-Star Saturday Night, and the 65th NBA All-Star Game at Air Canada Centre.