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Luke Nelson and Tyrell Isaacs have been selected as the English representatives at the prestigious Basketball Without Borders Europe Camp that tips off in Moscow, Russia, today.
Both 1995 born players were a part of the England Under-18 team that gained promotion to Division A this summer, with Nelson being named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 16.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Isaacs averaged 7.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
BWB is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program that uses the sport to create positive social change in the areas of education and health and wellness. This year will be the first time it has taken place in Russia, running from Sept. 13-16 in Moscow and led by Russian NBA players Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved, and the Denver Nuggets’ Timofey Mozgov.
Campers receive top-level instruction on-court and participate in daily life-skills seminars focused on values of the game such as leadership, character development, and living a healthy lifestyle.
BWB Europe will feature current and former NBA players, former FIBA players and NBA team personnel as camp coaches for up to 50 of the most talented young basketball players from more than 25 European countries. NBA players and coaches will also take part in community outreach activities as part of NBA Cares, the league’s global social responsibility program.
“Russia has a strong and growing affinity for the game of basketball and we are excited to bring Basketball without Borders here for the very first time,” said NBA Europe Vice President Dan Markham. “We look forward to working with our colleagues at FIBA and the Russian Basketball Federation to further develop the game across the country and help showcase the positive effect it can have among youth both on and off the court.”
“I am delighted to see that Basketball without Borders will be making its first visit to Russia this year,” said Patrick Baumann, Secretary General of FIBA and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). “BWB gives young people from all over the world the opportunity and tools to improve and showcase their basketball skills by learning from the best players and coaches around. Over the course of eleven years, the NBA and FIBA have also enabled these young athletes to become positive role models in their communities.”
Shout out to both these guys and wishing them all the best at the camp!