Eight Boys and Eight girls were chosen as the newest all-stars of Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska during the National Training Camp held at the Don Bosco Technical Institute last May 12-13 and at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 14.
Culled from among the brightest of 72 boys and girls that came from the Regional Selection Camp staged in Cagayan de Oro, Lucena, Cebu and Manila earlier this year, they embodied the NBA global youth program where boys and girls are taught fundamental skills, builds character, and the promotion of active lifestyles for Filipinos nationwide.
For this year, Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton and former WNBA All-Star Sue Wicks joined Jr. NBA Coaches Chris Sumner and Jeffrey Cariaso in training and working with the young campers throughout the National Training Camp.
During the final day of NTC, Jr. NBA Asia Advisory Council members which includes NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo were present to witness the momentous occasion. The fifth edition of the Jr. NBA All-Star alumni game were also hosted by several past Jr. NBA All-Stars who have ascended in the amateur and collegiate ranks. They also joined other alumni for the first ever alumni homecoming of the Jr. NBA Philippines program.
Here are the list of the eight boys and girls whose skills were honed and tested during the national training camp and emerged as Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 All-Stars:
Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 All-Stars – BOYS.
La Salle Greenhills
Kenji Trey Duremdes,
Jan Clement Macalalag, 13
Victorino Torres, 13
University of Santo Tomas High School
Joachim Eddie Laure
Escuela de Sophia-Caloocan
Johndel Austria, 13
Ateneo de Iloilo
Ian Dominic Espinosa, 13
University of San Carlos-North Campus
St. Francis National High School of Sariaya for RSC Lucena
Jeryk Dwight Bait, 14,
Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 All-Stars – GIRLS.
Chiang Kai Shek College
BoniMarylene Solis, 12
Jane Araza, 13
JeehanNikaela Ahmed, 13
St. Paul Pasig
Jazmine Ann Maniquis, 13
La Salle College Antipolo
Lindsey Nacional, 13
Camille Nolasco, 14
University of the Visayas in Cebu
Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 Coaches of the Year
Catrina June Biongcog of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan and Jed Cabellon of SouthwesternUniverrsity of Cebu
Special awards were also given to the following students for their outstanding achievements in the National Training Camp:
Panasonic Rising S.T.A.R. Award
Mariela Avila of Lucena and Zean Paolo Moreno of Cagayan De Oro
Cloudfone All-Star Players of the Game
Camille Nolasco of Manila and Ian Espinosa of Iloilo
Gatorade Hustle Award
Princess Delig of Cebu and Johndel Austria of Manila
Globe Telecom Sportsmanship Award
Yza Camila Alarcon of Manila and Maverick John Vieto of Lucena
Camille Nolasco and Joachim Eddie Laure of Manila
Jr. NBA Most Valuable Players
Boni Marylene Solis and Kenji Duremdes
The Jr. NBA All-Stars together with the Coaches of the Year will be rewarded with an overseas NBA experience later this year and will be joined by fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia.
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