Jr NBA, Jr WNBA tip off on Saturday

Posted at 01/14/2014 7:21 PM | Updated as of 01/15/2014 1:00 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- (CORRECTED) Jr. NBA, the National Basketball Association’s youth development program, will be back in the Philippines for the seventh consecutive time on Saturday.

This time, it will be bringing in the female counterpart of the program, the Jr. WNBA.

Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2014, presented by Alaska, will tip off in Manila before moving to Cebu, Puerto Princesa and Dagupan City, plus first-time stops in Surigao and Iloilo City—reaching over 500 schools and communities nationwide.

This year’s program will start with a coaches’ clinic in Manila on January 18, followed by a school clinic the next day, before touring clinics in Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Surigao, Iloilo City and Dagupan City.

Regional selection camps will be held in March and April, after which the top 50 boys and top 24 girls from all over the country will participate in the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Training Camp in Manila from April 25-27.

The camp will culminate with the selection of 10 Jr. NBA and four Jr. WNBA All-Stars, providing these select campers with a unique NBA experience and the opportunity to play against a counterpart team from another country later in the year.