June 21, 2024


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Jr. NBA Europe and Middle East Elite Camp begins in Italy

The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that a four-day Jr. NBA Europe and Middle East Elite Camp will be held at Stella Azzurra in Rome, Italy from Wednesday, May 4 – Saturday, May 7.

The Jr. NBA EME Elite Camp will feature 60 boys and girls ages 13-14 from 25 countries across Europe and the Middle East where Jr. NBA programs currently operate, and will focus on positional skill development, shooting, and skills competitions, culminating with three-on-three and five-on-five competition.

The camp will be conducted by NBA Basketball Operations staff and coaches from Jr. NBA leagues in Europe and the Middle East.  Former NBA and WNBA players and NBA Europe Ambassadors Anastasia Kostaki (Greece), Zaza Pachulia (Georgia), Vladimir Radmanović (Montenegro) and Ronny Turiaf (France) and former NBA head coach Ryan Saunders will also attend and coach the youth players.  Saunders will also lead an NBA Coaching Clinic for the Jr. NBA coaches and invited local coaches.

“We are excited to host 60 of the top young boys and girls from across Europe and the Middle East at Stella Azzurra’s facilities in Rome,” said NBA Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations, Europe and Middle East Neal Meyer.  “The Jr. NBA EME Elite Camp provides a unique and exciting opportunity for these developing players to compete alongside their peers from other countries and learn from established coaches as they advance in their young careers.”

“I look forward to seeing the talent on display at this camp from young hopefuls across our region,” said Pachulia.  “This kind of intensive basketball experience will be invaluable as they embark on the next stage of their basketball development.”

“It’s a pleasure to help guide and evaluate these young players and support up-and-coming coaches as they strive towards the goal of becoming better players,” said Saunders.  “I know they will take away lessons from this camp that will help them continue to grow as players, coaches and people in the years to come.”

The Jr. NBA EME Elite Camp will be supported by official NBA partners Nilox and San Carlo.  Nilox will sponsor the Shooting Challenge and the NBA Coaching Clinic, while San Carlo will sponsor a Special Olympics Unified Clinic and the camp’s Sportsmanship Awards.

The Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball program for boys and girls, teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game – teamwork, respect, determination and community – at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.  During the 2021-22 season, the Jr. NBA will reach nearly 37,000 youth in 28 countries in Europe and the Middle East.

Below please find the complete roster of the boys and girls participating in the Jr. NBA Europe and Middle East (EME) Elite Camp:


Last Name First Name Country
Košáková Eliška Czech Republic
Fischer Ella Julie Denmark
Matthews Tamzin England
Rugette Neve England
Gardziella Anna Frieda Finland
Badibanga Elikya France
Foirest Louane France
Tialadze Lizi Georgia
Heide Maja Germany
Schulze Lilli Germany
Foniadaki Efthymia Greece
Ophir Noam Israel
Zilbershlag Maya Israel
Baldassarre Francesca Italy
Hassan Isabel Mohamud Mohamed Italy
Haziri Malvina Kosovo
Miscenko Sindija Latvia
Mansour Jane Lebanon
Mockevičiūtė Justė Lithuania
Makuła Marta Poland
Pop Silvia Maria Romania
Gamal Fleur Scotland
Radjenovic Kristina Serbia
Mrak Eli Slovenia
Lostal Moron Claudia Spain
Nieto Morales Laia Spain
Toribio Ada Spain
Mingert Elsa Sweden
Awad Thea UAE


Last Name First Name Country
Stampalija Toni Croatia
Broda Jan Czech Republic
Noorgard Noah Martin Denmark
Ziegler Mads Nikolai Denmark
Rugette Tejan England
Towo-Nansi Aaron France
Tatanashvili Saba Georgia
Scheffs Jervis Germany
Tsipourlianos Georgios Greece
Saghy Tamas Hungary
Hitkes Noam Israel
Shmuel Aronov Aviv Israel
Pavese Riccardo Italy
Kastrati Yll Kosovo
Kudrjavcevs Raivo Latvia
Nebhan Moujaes Kyle Lebanon
Pakamanis Ernas Lithuania
Štombergas Ignas Lithuania
Sitkiewicz Karol Poland
Radu Andrei Cepoi Romania
Henderson James Andrew Scotland
Kovač Vukašin Serbia
Marjanovic Stefan Serbia
Malovcic Tin Slovenia
Doucoure Mahamadou Spain
Maker Bol Paul Ater Spain
Torrens Pau Spain
Zurita Rueda Marcos Spain
Abou Jaoude Patrick Samer UAE
Albora Ali UAE
Balde Isaias Wales