USA Basketball, NBA, NBPA, NCAA Announce Partnership Focused On Elite Prospects

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USA Basketball, NBA, NBPA, NCAA Announce Partnership Focused On Elite Prospects 

Post#1 » by RealGM Wiretap » Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:19 pm

USA Basketball today announced plans to collaborate with the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the expansion of its Men’s Junior National Team program to include additional training camps and year-round player development programming, with focuses on health and wellness and life skills. 


Through the expansion, USA Basketball’s Junior National Team will build on its existing basketball development program to provide unprecedented on- and off-court player development opportunities for more than 80 top U.S. high school players. 


Life-skills education and off-court development also will be major focus areas for the expanded program, with player education sessions on a variety of topics, including positive decision making, healthy relationships, cultural understanding and diversity, leadership and character development, collegiate eligibility and recruiting. 


The expansion will also introduce a first-of-its-kind parent education program to provide families with resources and information designed to help them support their athlete’s development on and off the court. 


Approximately 20 athletes from each high school class will participate in six training camps and competitions throughout the 2018-19 calendar year, including the first Junior National Team minicamp for players from all high school grades from Oct. 5-7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.


The 2018-19 schedule of USA Basketball Junior National Team training camps and competitions is as follows: 



  • Junior National Team Minicamp:                   October 2018              Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • Junior National Team Minicamp:                   April 2019                   Minneapolis, Minn.

  • Nike Hoop Summit:                                        April 2019                   Portland, Ore.

  • USA Basketball Training Camp:                    June 2019                   Colorado Springs, Colo.

  • FIBA Americas U16 Championship:             June/July 2019            TBD


      FIBA U19 World Cup:                                   July 2019                    TBD



  • Junior National Team Minicamp:                   July 2019                   Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Re: USA Basketball, NBA, NBPA, NCAA Announce Partnership Focused On Elite Prospects 

Post#2 » by smittybanton » Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:26 pm

Outlaw amateurism. Most disappointed in the NBPA. Expect it from the others. I can't imagine any other performance union (SGA, AFTRA, ASCAP...) teaming up with producers over talent.
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Re: USA Basketball, NBA, NBPA, NCAA Announce Partnership Focused On Elite Prospects 

Post#3 » by Cassius » Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:19 pm

smittybanton wrote:Outlaw amateurism. Most disappointed in the NBPA. Expect it from the others. I can't imagine any other performance union (SGA, AFTRA, ASCAP...) teaming up with producers over talent.


But aren't they getting rid of the one-and-done rule? This, plus continuing the increase of G-League salaries are two really good steps in the right direction.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/sports/basketball/g-league-salaries-increase.html

What would you suggest the NBPA do differently? (And this is me acknowledging that the NCAA is a mock slave organization)
I_Like_Dirt wrote:The whole comparison to Kevin McHale is ridiculously close, imo... And that's without more hilarious aspects of the comparison, e.g. if Wally Sczerbiak were 7 feet tall with the slower reflexes that came with the additional height, he'd be Bargnani.

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