A trio of Canadian NBA’ers are set to try their hand at coaching later this month.
Chris Boucher, Luguentz Dort and Bennedict Mathurin were announced on Thursday as coaches at the 12th edition of Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Americas, which is set for June 22-25 at Cégep Édouard-Montpetit in Longueuil, Que.
BWB Americas 2023 will bring together the top male and female players ages 18 and under from across Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean to learn directly from current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches.
“We’re excited to bring Basketball Without Borders back to Canada at a time when there is so much talent coming from across the Americas,” said NBA Associate Vice President, International Basketball Operations and Head of Elite Development Chris Ebersole. “We look forward to welcoming the top prospects from across the region to Québec, where they will have the opportunity to develop alongside their peers and learn from NBA players like Montreal’s Bennedict Mathurin, an NBA Academy alumnus and two-time BWB camper, who was in their shoes just a few years ago.”
Dort and Mathurin, who attended their respective BWB camps in 2017 and 2020, will join Boucher and long list of NBA assistant coaches, as well as Toronto native and Raptors 905 head coach Eric Khoury as BWB Americas 2023 coaches. Fellow Canadian Katia Sanon, who is the Raptors 905 assistant athletic therapist, will serve as the camp’s athletic trainer.
The campers, who will be announced prior to the camp, will also take part in life skills, leadership development and NBA Cares programming.
“This ongoing collaboration between FIBA and the NBA delivers an excellent platform to showcase the top young talent in the Americas zone. Basketball Without Borders has helped develop an elite group of players who have led and elevated our game globally," said FIBA Americas Executive Director Carlos Alves. "This 12th edition of Basketball Without Borders Americas in Quebec, Canada, presents a fantastic opportunity for these players to learn from some of the best in the game, and we are looking forward to the camp tipping off and the invaluable lessons it will provide to all participants, both on and off the court."
Canadians Jamal Murray, Andrew Nembhard, RJ Barrett, Kelly Olynyk, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Eugene Omoruyi joined Dort and Mathurin as a part of the 38 former BWB campers to star on opening-night rosters during the 2022-23 season.
BWB Americas 2023 will be supported by Nike, a global partner of BWB since 2002, which will outfit participants with Nike apparel and footwear, and Gatorade, which will keep players and coaches hydrated throughout the camp.
BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has reached more than 4,000 participants from 135 countries and territories since 2001, with 106 former campers advancing to the NBA or WNBA. The NBA and FIBA have staged 68 BWB camps in 45 cities across 32 countries on six continents.