Digicel NBA Jumpstart to shoot off this weekend

(Left to right) Mico Scotland, Alexis Jackson, Anthony Greer, Lincoln Weekes and Ahmani Browne were selected in 2016 from the programme as the top five participants for Antigua and Barbuda.

The Digicel NBA Jumpstart programme will make its fourth consecutive return to the Caribbean as the two-day event will shoot off in the Turks and Caicos, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago this weekend.

The programme, for the first time ever, will also hold a camp in Haiti.

The event will be held here at the JSC Sports Complex starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday with an estimated 72 participants from ages 12-16, both male and female.

From this camp, seven will be selected by the NBA coaches in consultation with the schools’ coaches to represent Antigua and Barbuda in Trinidad at the NBA Jumpstart Elite camp scheduled for July 14-15, where they will compete with the other elite selectees from the other markets.

The top 14 – eight boys and six girls – will then be selected to be a part of the NBA Experience event, for which they will travel to the U.S.

Antigua and Barbuda had one selectee, Anthony Greer, who in 2016 made it to the final stage of the programme.

All youth participants are asked to be at the JSC at 5 p.m. on Friday to receive packages in preparation for the event.

Parents are also reminded to sign the consent forms given as no youth player can participate without it.

For further questions parents can contact the Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) or Oleno Knight at 723-9160.

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