9 North Luzon players to compete at Jr. NBA Philippines National Training Camp

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The Jr. NBA Philippines North Luzon Regional Selection Camp took place at Benguet State University in La Trinidad, Philippines on March 23-24, 2019. Over a thousand young basketball players from various places of the Philippines including Baguio City, Benguet, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan participated.

After two days of basketball drills and exercises, seven boys and two girls exhibited outstanding oncourt skills and embodied the core values of the game. They will move on to the next stage of the program, the Jr. NBA Philippines National Training Camp in Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati in Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines on May 17-19, 2019.

A roster of 40 boys and 40 girls will be gathered from the Jr. NBA Philippines Regional Selection Camps in Benguet, Butuan, Dumaguete, Lucena and Metro Manila and a select group from the Alaska Power Camp. Players from across the archipelago will showcase their talents and vie to be named as Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars.

“What I’ve noticed here in Baguio is that there are a lot of good dribblers,” former PBA player Tony de la Cruz stated. “The kids here are very competitive, very enthusiastic. They’re working hard.”

“The three questions I always ask the kids, ‘Did you have fun?’ ‘Did you give your best?’ and the last one is ‘Do you love basketball?’ and it’s all ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’” de la Cruz added. “And I think that’s our goal here, making sure that the kids are learning basketball. They’re having fun and more importantly they are giving their best.”

This year, Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars, comprised of as many as five boys and five girls, will compete in the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp. It is a week-long camp in June 2019 that includes top youth players from North Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific region.

The Asia Pacific regional competition will provide the 2019 batch of Jr. NBA All-Stars the opportunity to represent the region in the Jr. NBA Global Championship that will be held August 6-11, 2019 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, United States.  The international event will feature talented youth from the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, China, Mexico, Africa, India and the Asia-Pacific.

Boys and girls aged 10-14 years old can join the remaining Jr. NBA Philippines Regional Selection Camps in Dumaguete on March 30-31, 2019, Butuan on April 13-14, 2019 and Metro Manila on April 27-28, 2019. Register at www.jrnba.asia/philippines.

Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 is presented by Alaska, with AXA, Gatorade, Globe, Panasonic, Rexona and Vivo as official partners. ABS-CBN S+A, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the official broadcasters of Jr. NBA Philippines.

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The following is a complete list of participants selected from the Jr. NBA Philippines Benguet Regional Selection Camp advancing to the Jr. NBA Philippines National Training Camp:


First Name Last Name Age School
Laurence Christian Batongbakal 13 Saint Mary’s University
Jushrylle Rayne De Vera 13 Baguio City National High School
Kenneth Gabriel Duca 14 University of Baguio Science High School
Zak Adlee Gumaya 13 Berkeley School of Baguio
Aethan Pagio 14 University of Baguio
Czarlo Lorenzo Salvador 13 Ateneo de Davao University
Nathaniel Tomeldan 14 St. Louis University – Laboratory High Schoool



First Name Last Name Age School
Jhulliana Francesca Pagteilah 13 San Jose School of La Trinidad Inc.
Christine Nicole Venterez 12 Baguio City National High School


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