Junior NBA in Cebu

Cebu has long been a hotbed of basketball talent in the southern Philippines. Ramon Fernandez, Lauro Mumar, Abet Guidaben, Rhoel Gomez, Al Solis, Boy Cabahug, Felix Duhig, John Ferriols, Glenn Capacio, and Jojo Lastimosa are just some of the big name players from Cebu who once played in the Philippine Basketball Association. In recent years, the likes of Junemar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, Dondon Hontiveros, Roger Yap, and JR Quinahan are just some of the more noticeable names on their way to Cebuano basketball hall of fame.

The Junior NBA program sure did not want to miss the talent at this great Central Visayas province. Presented by Alaska, the Junior NBA and Junior WNBA made a stop in Cebu for the regional selection camp at the Don Bosco Technological College in Labangon, Cebu City, Philippines last 5-6 March 2016. This is part of the nationwide selection for the top fifty (50) 10-14 year old boys and top twenty four (24) 10-14 year old girls who will be considered for the top ten (10) the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-star Teams as well as the coaches who will be handling the teams. Those who will be selected will join fellow Jr. NBA All-stars from the countries of Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia in overseas trips for a true NBA experience.

Jr. NBA in Cebu, Philippines
Participants at the Cebu Regional Selection Camp of the Jr. NBA

While the most recognizable name that came out of Cebu from the junior NBA program is the controversial Jayven Marc Tallo, the program has also been a constant stream of talent for the age group teams managed by the national federation for basketball in the Philippines. The program has recently made the news about a 13 year old 6-foot-9 kid who attended the camp at the National Capital Region. Basketball-crazed Filipino fans are now salivating at the prospect of a triple tower frontline for the next Batang Gilas Under-16 team counting 6'9" Kai Sotto (13 years old), 6'9" Ethan Kirkness (14 years old), and 6'8" AJ Edu (15 years old).

For more information about the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA program which is under Alaska Milk's Nutrition Action Champion Program, one may visit JR NBA Philippines, Alaska Milk, and   Alaska Basketball Power Camp.  For live updates log on to Play PH follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @playph #jrnba #jrwnba.