The NBA organizes an elite campus in Rome for Europe and the Middle East


The NBA is carrying out an elite camp in Rome (Italy), between this Wednesday and next Saturday, May 7, for 60 boys and girls from European and Middle Eastern countries, within the ‘Jr.NBA’ program .

The campus will feature up to 60 participants of both genders aged thirteen and fourteen, from a total of 25 countries in Europe and the Middle East where the ‘Jr.NBA’ programs currently operate, and will focus on positional skill development , shooting and skills competitions, with 3vs3 and 5vs5 matches.

Run by the NBA’s basketball operations team and coaches from ‘Jr.NBA’ leagues in Europe and the Middle East, the campus will feature former NBA and WNBA players such as Anastasia Kostaki (Greece), Zaza Pachulia (Georgia), Vladimir Radmanovic (Montenegro) and Ronny Turiaf (France) and former NBA coach Ryan Saunders.

“We are delighted to welcome 60 of the best young prospects from Europe and the Middle East to the Stella Azzurra facility in Rome,” said Neal Meyer, associate vice president of basketball operations for the NBA in Europe and the Middle East.

“The ‘Jr.NBA EME Elite Camp’ provides a unique and exciting opportunity for these developing players to compete alongside their peers from other countries and learn from established coaches as they progress through their young careers,” he added.

The campus will have the help of the official partners of the NBA Nilox and San Carlo. Nilox will sponsor the Shooting Challenge and Coaching Clinic, while San Carlo will sponsor a Special Olympics Unified Clinic and the camp’s sportsmanship awards.

‘Jr.NBA’, the league’s global basketball program for promising youngsters, teaches fundamental skills as well as the sport’s core values ​​- teamwork, respect, determination and community – from a beginning level in an effort to help grow and enhance the youth basketball experience for players, coaches, and parents. During the 2021-2022 season, the ‘Jr.NBA’ reached nearly 37,000 young people in 28 countries in Europe and the Middle East.