Team World win, AJ Edu in NBA-BWB camp prove basketball is going global

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 17, 2018 08:54 PM
NBA goes global with Rising Stars, BWB camp
#23for23 Gilas Pilipinas prospect AJ Edu (#75) is among 67 global youth at the Basketball Without Borders camp during the NBA All-Star Weekend. (Photo from Steve Angeles via Twitter @StevieAngeles)

The NBA All-Star Weekend showcased the future of global basketball and the wide reach of the sport to tip off the festivities, Saturday morning (Philippine time) in Los Angeles, California.

The first day opened with the Basketball Without Borders camp where Britain-based Filipino-Nigerian and Gilas Pilipinas prospect AJ Edu was a part of.

In the camp, young, up-and-coming players represented over thirty countries with hopes to become part of the NBA someday.

The best young talent already in the NBA also showcased their wares in the Kickstart Rising Stars Challenge, as the top American rookies and sophomores of Team USA faced the stacked Team World.

The Philadelphia 76ers' international triumvirate of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Dario Saric, Finland’s Lauri Markanen of the Chicago Bulls, and pretty much all the members of Team World were all proof that the basketball is fast becoming an international sport.

At the end of the fast-paced game that was part-slam dunk contest and part-three point shoot out, a pair of Sacramento Kings helped Team World dominate Team USA, 155-124.

Bahamian Buddy Hield and Serbian Bogdan Bogdanovich scored a combined 55-points to help Team World assert their dominance.

"That was fun, shout out to team world, we came out there we executed to get the win and have fun," Hield said in an interview with Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN News North America.

The Australian-born Simmons showed off a connection with other international ballers, dropping 13 assists in the win on top of 11 points and six rebounds.

"Great young talent [on] both teams tonight. We just came out and went out and dominated them which is fun at the same time but its exciting to see all the guys come through," the versatile forward said.

The host city had plenty to cheer about as well, as Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma put up 20 points for Team USA.

"It was super cool to have three lakers in the Rising Star Game. It's pretty special especially to our fans that came out," the rookie sensation said.

With a report from Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News.

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