The NBA, FIBA and the Egyptian Basketball Federation announced Monday that the 18th and Basketball Without Borders Africa will be held in Cairo later this month (August 28-31). A return to the continent for this program, the last edition of which took place in Senegal in 2019.
BWB Africa 2022 will bring together around sixty players aged 18 and under, from all over Africa. They will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with players, legends or current players, who have passed through the NBA or the WNBA. Future campers will also be part of life skills, leadership development and community service programs.
“Basketball Without Borders is our flagship elite development camp in Africa, and we are delighted to have the event returning to the continent for the first time in three years.”said on this occasion victor williamsCEO of NBA Africa. “Since its launch in 2003, BWB Africa has provided a platform for Africa’s best young players to develop and showcase their skills while continuing to grow the continent’s basketball ecosystem. We look forward to working once more with FIBA on this iconic program and we are delighted to be working with the Egyptian Basketball Federation to bring this special event to Egypt for the first time.”
“It’s great to see Basketball Without Borders returning to Africa for this 18th edition”a declared Zoran RadovicDirector of National Federations and Sport of FIBA. “It is clear that the talent in this part of the world is strong, and we have seen great players who have attended BWB camps rise to become superstars. Together with the NBA, we are proud to help continue to build and to strengthen basketball in Africa and provide these future players with skills they will use on and off the court.”
“We are delighted to welcome the BWB for the first time to North Africa and Egypt”said the president of the Egyptian Basketball Federation, the Dr Magdy Abo Frekha. “It is a great honor to welcome the young talents of Africa to the land of the Pharaohs. In 2022, Cairo hosted the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, the Basketball Africa League, and now the BWB, which gives us the feeling that basketball in Egypt is growing and flourishing.”
12 former BWB Africa campers have been recruited by the NBA since 2003
A record 41 former BWB participants were among the 121 international players on the opening rosters of the 2021-22 NBA season: the 2019 NBA champion Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors, Cameroon, Class of 2012) and five-time NBA All-Star Joel Embid (Philadelphia 76ers, Cameroon, class of 2011).
In the 2022 NBA draft, two former campers were selected: Christian Koloko (chosen 33rd overall by the Raptors, Cameroon, class of 2017) and Khalifa Diop (choice number 39 of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Senegal, class of 2018).