Wasatch Academy’s 6′ 6″ shooting guard Leonardo Colimerio, a sophomore from Brazil, and 6′ 8″ power forward Tyrese Samuel, a junior from Canada, will travel to Los Angeles for the fourth annual Basketball Without Borders Global Camp (BWB). This camp is a joint venture with the NBA and FIBA. The camp will be held February 16-18 at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice facility as part of 2018 NBA All-Star weekend with Nike serving as the official partner.
The National Basketball Organizations in Brazil and Canada selected Samuel and Colimerio to attend the event. “These student’s native countries think highly of them and think they should have the opportunity to work with those in the NBA to accelerate their skills,” stated Curtis Condie, Wasatch Academy Varsity Head Coach.
Forty-three male athletes were selected to participate in the exclusive camp and range in age from 16 to 18 and are from 36 countries. Participants will be measured, undergo athletic testing, practice, scrimmage, and conduct drills under the watchful eyes of representatives of all 30 NBA teams. Participants will also attend daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership, and communication; take in the Rising Stars challenge dunk contest, 3-point shootout; and attend an All-Star Game at the Staples Center in California.
The BWB, the NBA, and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program has reached more than 3,000 participants from 133 countries and territories since 2001, with more than 50 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents. A record 24 former BWB campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season, including Dragan Bender (Phoenix Suns; Croatia; BWB Global 2015), Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks; South Sudan; BWB Americas 2015/BWB Global 2016), Lauri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls; Finland; BWB Europe 2014/BWB Global 2015), Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015) and Frank Ntilikina (New York Knicks; France; BWB Europe 2015/BWB Global 2016).
Wasatch Academy has had four players selected to play in this program over the last two years including Emmanuel Akot and Bernardo da Silva. “I think it shows that we are getting the right type of student-athlete to come to Wasatch Academy,” said Coach Condie.