Yao Ming, the retired Chinese NBA icon, will be among the instructors at a Basketball Without Borders camp for top teen players from around the world. The camp will be held over the weekend of the NBA All-Star Game.
The league announced last Friday that 43 boys and 10 girls representing 27 nations would travel to Toronto for the February 12-14 camp at the Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Elite players from the Eastern and Western conferences will meet on February 14 in the 65th NBA All-Star Game, the first to be staged outside the United States.
In conjunction with the game, there will be a teaching session for top high school players from Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
Basketball Without Borders has staged 44 camps in 25 cities across 21 nations on five continents and reached more than 2,400 young players from 130 nations since 2001. 37 participants from these camps have been drafted by NBA clubs and 21 of them will be playing in the NBA this coming season.
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