- National Teams
Jules Dang Akodo and Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye have been selected as the UK representatives for this year’s prestigious Basketball Without Borders Europe camp.
The camp, which takes place in Almada, Portugal, from August 15th-18th, 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. It is invite only and features the most talented players in Europe born in 1996 or later.
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.
Akodo and Lautier-Ogunleye were the only two ’96 borns on this year’s England Under-18 squad that finished a respectable 9th place in their first ever summer competing in the Division A European Championships.
Point guard Akodo, who originally came up through the London Pioneers programme but is currently under contract with Union Olimpija in Slovenia, averaged 9.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists (good for eighth in the tournament) and 1.9 steals per game (8th in the tournament) for England this summer, whilst Lautier-Ogunleye, a Bristol Academy Flyer, averaged 3.9 points in just under 14 minutes per game.
BWB Europe will feature current and former NBA players, including Carlos Boozer and Nate Robinson, 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.
Last year Luke Nelson and Tyrell Isaacs were selected to the camp.
Shout out to both these guys and wishing them all the best at the camp!