Jang Hyuk-joon, Lee Min-ji, and 6 other promising players to participate in Basketball Camp without Borders?
The NBA is hosting basketball camps for prospects from around Asia again this year. A number of Korean prospects have also been invited.
The 2023 NBA Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Camp will be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE from July 2-5. A total of 81 high school players from 20 countries in Asia and the Middle East were invited to participate in this year’s camp. Jang Hyuk-jun (Yongsan High School, 193 centimeters), Kim Jung-hyun (Myeongji High School, 195 centimeters), Koo Seung-chae (Yangjeong High School, 192 centimeters), Lee Min-ji (Sookmyung Girls High School, 176 centimeters), Choi Ye-seul (Chuncheon Girls High School, 179 centimeters), and Jeong Hyun (Sungnyu Girls High School, 179 centimeters) will participate from South Korea.
The BWB is a prospect identification and development camp that the NBA has held around the world since 2001. It was initially held in Europe and gradually expanded to Asia and Africa. It was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but resumed after a three-year hiatus last year in Canberra, Australia. Joel Embiid (Philadelphia), the NBA’s regular season MVP in 2022-2023, was also invited to the BWB as a student.
South Korea has also seen a number of promising players, including Choi Jun-yong (KCC), Yang Jae-min (Utsunomiya), Lee Hyun-jung (formerly of Santa Cruz), and Park Ji-hyun (Woori Bank). Yeo Jun-seok, who is gaining experience at Gonzaga University, was invited to the 2019 camp and was named MVP. His teammate Moon Ji-young (BNK Thumb) was also named an All-Star, and Kim Hyun-joong, a skill trainer, was the first Korean to participate in the camp as a coach.
Jang Hyuk-jun, who was invited this year, had previously trained overseas through the KBL Prospective Player Overseas Training Project with KCC prior to the BWB. Along with Lee Ji-won (Whimungo), Jang spent eight weeks at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, USA, earlier this year, undergoing skill training and specialized shooting drills. In the twice-weekly friendly matches, he scored the most points in the team in each game, attracting attention.
Kim, who has a strong physique, looks up to Moon Jung-hyun (Korea University) as a role model. He entered Myeongji with a small number of available spots and has been showing steep growth by gaining experience since his freshman year. Koo Seung-chae also improved her shooting ability after entering Yangjeong High School. Koo Seung-chae’s role model is Jeon Sung-hyun (Day One).
Lee Min-ji was recently invited to the “Dreams Come True Camp” organized by Samsung Life in Yongin for players from Hyosung Girls’ High School, Bundang Business High School, and Sookmyung Girls’ High School, where she trained with Samsung Life players. “It’s the first time I’ve been invited to a camp like this, and I’m looking forward to it. I heard that there are great coaches coming, and I hope I can learn a lot of new skills,” she said, expressing her excitement for the BWB.
Choi Ye-seul (Chuncheon Girls’ High School)
Choi also made a name for herself by leading Chuncheon Girls’ High School, which consisted of only five players, to the quarterfinals at the Association Championships in April. Not only did she showcase a variety of scoring routes, including breaking through and shooting, but she also played center defense as the oldest player on the team. Jung Hyun also showed off her dominance under the basket at last month’s Federation Hall Games, leading Soongu Girls’ High School to the quarterfinals.메이저사이트
Meanwhile, this year’s camp will also feature a number of NBA assistant coaches, including current NBA players such as Sadiq Bey, Rodney McGruder (Detroit), Monte Morris, and Taj Gibson (Washington), who will coach the prospects.
“This year’s invited prospects will receive offensive and defensive skills training from NBA players and assistant coaches, as well as compete in three-point shooting contests and five-on-five games,” said BWB. On the final day of the camp, awards will be presented for MVP, sportsmanship awards, and more.”