- National Teams
England Under-18s Carl Wheatle and Sam Japhet-Mathias have been selected for this year’s prestigious Basketball Without Borders Europe camp.
This year, the 14th edition of Basketball without Borders Europe will be held in Spain from June 2nd to 5th. The camp 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 50 of the most talented players in Europe born in 1998 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.
Carl Wheatle, originally from London and the Greenhouse Pioneers, is currently in Italy with his club Angelico Biella who he signed with on a four year deal in 2013. His under-19 squad are in the national finals in a fortnight, while his under-17 team are in the second round of the post-season with three games to try and make the national finals.
“For me it’s a great honour to have been selected and to represent England at the camp,” Wheatle said.
“I most look forward to battling against the top European players my age and being coached by top NBA and European coaches. I’m sure the experience will definitely help me to grow as a player.”
Japhet-Mathias, from Peckham Pride, made the move to the US before this season and immediately made an impact, now sitting on offers from the likes of UCONN, Georgetown and Providence, while being ranked number 44 nationally in the Class of 2017 by Rivals.com.
“Not everyone gets this opportunity to go to camps with the best players in Europe so it’s really a blessing and hoping I perform well,” added Japhet-Mathias.
Last year, it was Josh Steel and Akwasi Yeboah who were the UK representatives.
Good luck to both Sam and Carl at the camp!