Indian Youngsters Aashay Verma, Priyanka Prabhakara Selected For 2017 All-Star BWB Global Camp

Indian Youngsters Aashay Verma, Priyanka Prabhakara Selected For 2017 All-Star BWB Global Camp Local Heroes

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced the top 67 boys and girls from 32 countries and territories who will travel to New Orleans for the third annual Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp. The camp will be held Feb. 17-19 at the New Orleans Pelicans’ practice facility as part of NBA All-Star 2017, and Nike will serve as the official partner.

The good news for Indian hoops fans is that youngsters Aashay Verma and Priyanka Prabhakara have been selected to the BWB Global Camp as part of the boys’ and girls’ squads respectively. Aashay Verma (17) is 7-foot, 1-inch tall and plays center while Priyanka Prabhakara is a 5-foot, 10-inch tall player, who hails from Kerala.

Aashay Verma
Aashay Verma in Australia for the Basketball Without Borders Asia Camp.


“The Basketball without Borders Global Camp is a great opportunity for the top male and female prospects from around the world to compete against one another, learn directly from NBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches, and experience the excitement of NBA All-Star,” said NBA Vice President, International Basketball Operations & Head of Elite Basketball, Brooks Meek. “The Basketball without Borders program was founded on the belief that basketball brings young players from different backgrounds together and transcends cultural boundaries.”

Priyanka Prabhakara
Priyanka Prabharaka represented India at the 2016 FIBA Asia Women’s U-18 Championship in Bangkok.


Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication. One boy and one girl will be named BWB Global Camp MVPs at the conclusion of the three-day camp.

The campers will attend the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night, and the 66th NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center.

The following is a complete list of players participating in the third annual BWB Global Camp:


Last Name First Name Country
Dongua Geovana Angola
Armato Claudia Australia
Epperson Britney Australia
D’Angelo Chelsea Australia
Gould Cassidy Australia
Lorde Tower Barbados
Brcaninovic Melisa Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ugwu Obalunanma Brazil
Pickering Mahkayla British Virgin Islands
Fahie Shaliqua British Virgin Islands
Makolo Roxane Canada
Brown Hailey Canada
Pellington Shaina Canada
Tang Zigi China
Wang Leyi China
Kuier Awak Finland
Lathinen Lotta-Maj Finland
Bejedi Sara Finland
Prabhakara Priyanka India
Gulbe Aleksa Latvia
Coulibaly Aissatou Mali
Payan Sofia Mexico
Pinto Chanaya Mozambique
Sarr Khadidiatou Bigue Senegal
Hermosa Nerea Spain
Sahnan Monique United Kingdom



Last Name First Name Country
De Sousa Silvio Angola
Buiamba Glofate Angola
Caffaro Francisco Argentina
Lopez Lautaro Tomás Argentina
Froling Samson Australia
Dalton Callum Australia
Tchamwa Tchatchoua Jonathan Cameroon
Barrett R.J. Canada
Shittu Simi Canada
Dort Luguentz Canada
Kirkwood Noah Canada
Akot Emmanuel Canada
Brazdeikis Ignas Canada
Nembhard Andrew Canada
Zhang Kevin China
Wang Junjie China
Sun Haofeng China
Mwamba Patrick DRC
Raafat Tarek Egypt
Waxlax Ricky Finland
Mamukelashvili Sandro Georgia
Bonga Isaac Germany
Herkenhoff Philipp Germany
Verma Aashay India
Doumbia Souleymane Ivory Coast
Velicka Arnas Lithuania
Coulibaly Abdoul Karim Mali
Keita Blaise Mali
Sissoko Moulaye Mamadou Mali
Samuel Taane New Zealand
Clinton Quinn New Zealand
Bassey Charles Nigeria
Sjolund Kristian Norway
Faye Cheikh Senegal
Marjanovic Andrija Serbia
Koprivica Balsa Serbia
Yang Jae-Min South Korea
Martinez Sergi Spain
Brewer Remy Trinidad
Marnaoui Oussama Tunisia