A 14-YEAR-old Negrense is one of the lucky cagers who selected to the National Training Camp in Manila during the Visayas leg of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA 2016 Regional Selection Camp at the Don Bosco Technology Center in Cebu City.
A pride of Bacolod City, Joshua Benedict Baldonado is a varsity player of St. John Institute (SJI).
Baldonado said he is grateful for the opportunity to join the national camp, saying he will prove that Negrenses are good in basketball.
Aside from Baldonado, other Visayas qualifiers are Nicael Cabanero of Ateneo de Cebu, Reinard Jumamoy of the University of San Carlos (USC) North, Jericho Diloria of Cebu Eastern College, Rolando Abad of St. Anthony High School, Jessray Enriquez of USC South, and Zhan Moreno of Xavier University (Cagayan de Oro).
The 2017 National Training Camp, which starts May 12 to 14, also includes the Jr. WNBA.
The lucky participants are Ynna Juanne Abella of Sotero Cabahug Forum for Literacy, Princess Delig of Abellana National High School, Aishe Solis of Marymount Academy, Chinnsai Deanna of University of the Visayas-Mandaue, Tara Sabalones of Montessori Academy of Southern Cebu, Inc., Frenzie Tagalog of University of Southern Philippines Foundation, and Maybelle Retubado of Bulacao Community High School.
The players were challenged through drills and scrimmages while demonstrating the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA core S.T.A.R. values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude, and Respect throughout the camp.
The two-day regional camp was ran by Jr. NBA coach Chris Summers together with Alaska Aces assistant coach Jeffrey Cariaso.
During the National Training Camp, cagers from Visayas will prove their mettle against top players chosen from the Regional Selection Camps in Cagayan de Oro and Lucena and the upcoming camp in Manila.
Once qualified to the national camp, eight Jr. NBA and eight Jr. WNBA Philippines All-Stars will earn the right to participate in overseas NBA games later this year.