When the Jr. NBA Philippines 2013 presented by Alaska holds its main event -- the National Training Camp – at SM Mall of Asia on April 28, basketball fans will be treated to a basketball extravaganza starring the acknowledged next generation of outstanding Pinoy basketball players.
The most promising young stars of the UAAP, NCAA and provincial school leagues will pit their talents against each other in an exhibition game featuring Jr. NBA All Stars alumni from 2007 to 2012 who are now suited up for the various collegiate leagues nationwide.
Jr. NBA All Stars alumni bannered by UST Growling Tiger Aljon Mariano, UP Fighting Maroon Henry Asilum, UST junior players John Roald Mayor, Patrick Ramirez, Thristan Laman and Patrick Nigel Go, UE Junior Warriors Itchie Altamirano and Paul Dagunan, NU Bull Pup Hubert Cani, De La Salle Zobel Jr. Archer Aljun Jay Melecio, La Salle Greenhills Greenie Kobe Paras, Ateneo Blue Eaglet Mio Puno, San Sebastian Staglets Carlo Escalambre and RK Ilagan, Jose Rizal Junior Bomber Aldrin Fegidero and Ateneo de Cebu Blue Magis Miguel Competente will see action in the noontime game which will highlight the last day of this year’s National Training Camp.
NBA Legend Muggsy Bogues, who will arrive in Manila to join the Jr. NBA coaching staff at the National Training Camp will coach Team Muggsy while PBA Legend Jojo Lastimosa will coach Team Jolas. A players’ draft will be held on April 13 to determine the composition of each team.
This is the first time that a Jr. NBA All Stars Alumni game will be played as part of the Jr. NBA event. “Everybody’s so excited because it is a first for the Jr. NBA. The program has grown and evolved through the years and this new event will show why these young players were chosen as the best of their respective batches, and why they are today’s most promising varsity players in school leagues all over the country,” said Carlo Singson, NBA Asia Country Manager-Philippines.
The National Training Camp is the third and highlight phase of Jr. NBA Philippines 2013 presented by Alaska. Later in the day of April 28, new Jr. NBA All Stars will be selected from a pool of 50 participants aged 10 to 14 years old who stood out in the Regional Selection Camps held in Dagupan, Davao, Lucena, the NCR and the Alaska Power Camp.
The new batch of Jr. NBA All Stars – like the Jr. NBA All Stars Alumni – will be rewarded with an authentic NBA experience abroad plus the chance to play against a counterpart Jr. NBA team there.
This is the sixth consecutive staging of the Jr. NBA in the country.
About Alaska Milk
Alaska Milk Corporation (AMC) is committed to providing nutrition to Filipino households by ensuring high quality standards across its milk brands for almost four decades. AMC’s leading brand, Alaska Powdered Milk Drink, highlights the importance of nutrition among children during their “growth gap years” (ages 4-12 years old). Since its introduction in 1986, Alaska Powdered Milk’s benefits of building strong bones and bodies as well as character formation is expressed in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle through sports. Brand Alaska owns and implements the multi-awarded Alaska Power Camp which is held nationwide, offering programs in basketball and football. Alaska also owns its professional basketball team, the Alaska Aces, a 13-time PBA champion team which is now on its 25th year of inspiring the youth to engage in sports. Today, Brand Alaska partners with excellent local and international organizations that share the same objectives, vision, and values including the Ironman 70.3, Ironkids, XTerra, Makati Football School, Alabang Football School, and the Philippine Basketball Association.
About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business that features three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League. The league has established a major international presence, with offices in 15 markets worldwide, games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages, and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents. NBA rosters currently feature 83 international players from 36 countries and territories. The NBA’s digital assets include NBA TV, which is available in more than 60 million U.S. homes, and NBA.com, which averages more than 42 million page views per day, more than half of which originate from outside of North America. The NBA is the No. 1 professional sports league on social media, with 325 million fans and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league and its teams and players have donated more than $205 million to charity, completed more than 2.1 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 750 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play.