A new generation of Australian basketball stars will converge on Melbourne next month for the Hungry Jack’s National Basketball League’s Next Gen Camp.
The two-day camp, supported by MG, will take place at the State Basketball Centre on July 22-23 as the best young players from around the country showcase their talent in front of NBL coaches and scouts.
They will be out to emulate Next Gen graduates such as Kyle Bowen, a member of the Perth Wildcats’ 2018 Championship team, South East Melbourne’s Deng Acuoth, Sydney Kings’ Ray Turner, Illawarra Hawks’ Daniel Grida and the Brisbane Bullets’ Callum Dalton and Jeremy Kendle.
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It will be the third instalment of NBL’s Next Gen Camp which brings together the NBL, Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence, the Australian Basketball Players’ Association and the NBA’s Global Academy.
It is likely to be headlined by returning US college players, NBL1 players, state league players, national U18 and U20’s representatives as well as invitees from the BA Centre of Excellence and NBA Global Academy and China.
NBL Chief Executive Jeremy Loeliger said: “The Next Gen Camp is fast becoming an important pathway to the NBL. We have already seen the camp unearth multiple NBL players, which speaks to Next Gen’s professionalism and quality.
“With more NBL roster spots up for grabs thanks a new team in South East Melbourne Phoenix, we anticipate the third Next Gen Camp to be our most competitive and talent-filled yet.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for the NBL with the league enjoying global recognition and credibility. We want the NBL to be a destination league for the best available talent from both here and overseas as the recruiting of RJ Hampton and LaMelo Ball as part of the Next Stars program demonstrates.”
The two-day camp will employ world class testing techniques including physical testing, offensive/defensive breakdowns and game play in order to give players the best opportunity to showcase their talents across all facets of the game.
Importantly, it will provide a great chance for NBL representatives and coaches to assess young talent. Rookie Me, the AFL’s national testing partner, will carry out all testing and will assist in the recording and distribution of all results.
President of the FIBA World Association of Basketball Coaches, Patrick Hunt, will again be the camp director. The Australian Basketball Players’ Association will also give a presentation to all players in attendance.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to be an NBL star, register to be a part of the Next Gen Camp by clicking here.