Sunday 18 August, 2019

Seven basketballers selected from Digicel NBA Jumpstart Camp in T&T

The Elite Camp winners, from left: Samuel Waldron, Nwadike Felix, Jelani Blackett, Daniel Constance, Breanna Charles, Nikita Baptiste and  Nickolai Mills, are with Marketing Executive of Digicel, Roshawn Campbell (fifth from right), the General Secretary of the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (fourth from left), and the NBA coaches, who are all smiles following the conclusion of the Digicel Jumpstart Clinic at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya on Sunday.

The Elite Camp winners, from left: Samuel Waldron, Nwadike Felix, Jelani Blackett, Daniel Constance, Breanna Charles, Nikita Baptiste and Nickolai Mills, are with Marketing Executive of Digicel, Roshawn Campbell (fifth from right), the General Secretary of the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (fourth from left), and the NBA coaches, who are all smiles following the conclusion of the Digicel Jumpstart Clinic at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya on Sunday.

It was an action-packed weekend at the Centre of Excellence when seventy-two aspiring youth basketball athletes, participated in the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Camp.

NBA coaches, Troy Justice, Joe Connelly, John Wiggins and Baye Keita, all led the players through a variety of activities on and off the court, including individual player development, 5-on-5 games, life skills education, offensive improvement, shooting, dribbling and more.

At the end of the weekend, Samuel Waldron, Nwadike Felix, Jelani Blackett, Nickolai Mills, Daniel Constance, Breanna Charles and Nikiya Baptiste were selected to represent the country, against the other regional markets’ finalists, and continue with the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Programme at the Elite Camp in Trinidad and Tobago in July.

The under-14 participants took the spotlight, as they demonstrated the skills and talent for the NBA’s finest. Ty Warwick, Carrisa Ramdial, Jedidiah King, Jaaron Lovell, Ronaldo Baptiste, Terrell Hope and Christian Zoe, all excelled in the under-14 division, and emerged as the U-14 All Star winners.

“We had a lot of great competition and everyone was fighting for those spots [for the Elite Camp]” remarked Troy Justice, NBA Senior Director of Basketball Operations International. He also went on to say, “There was a lot of intense play and it was well deserved for those selected.  Everyone did great work and a lot of teaching went on for the two days.  Those who were not selected should continue to work hard as they have bright futures ahead of them.”

Roshawn Campbell, Digicel’s Marketing Executive, mentioned, “All participants were really put to the test this weekend.  They were asked to show up and give their best and from the excitement of the drills and the 5-on-5 games, they did just that and certainly made all of us very proud. I would like to congratulate the top seven players, all participants, their parents, coaches and supporters for making this weekend an exciting one.”

The Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball Camps will be available to view across Digicel’s social platforms and on SportsMax.

Digicel and the NBA signed a multi-year partnership in 2015 to deliver live games and extensive NBA programming to more than 25 Caribbean territories through SportsMax and the PlayGo app – making Digicel the Official Communications Partner of the NBA in the region. Watch all the live action of the Western Conference finals now in the lead up to the 2018 NBA Finals.

 

 

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