BWB Europe 2024 brings together 60 talented young players in Malaga. GETTY IMAGES

The NBA and FIBA are joining forces to organise the 21st edition of Basketball Without Borders (BWB). This is the third time the camp has been held in Spain. Elite coaches and players will be on hand to improve the skills of the participants. The camp starts on Friday 31 May and ends on 3 June.

From 31 May to 3 June, Collin Sexton (Utah Jazz) and Devonte Graham (San Antonio Spurs) will be among those in charge of coaching 60 of the best high school-aged prospects from across Europe. This is thanks to the collaboration betweenthe National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and, in this case, the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) for the 21st edition of Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Europe, which will take place from Friday, 31 May to Sunday, 2 June. 

The event will take place from Friday 31st May to Monday 3rd June. The venue is the Higuerón Embassy Training Centre in Fuengirola, Málaga, Spain. Spain has hosted two previous editions, following camps in Barcelona (2010) and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2015).

BWB Europe 2024 will bring together 60 of the best under-18 male and female players from across Europe. The aim is to improve their skills and take their development to the highest level. They will be coached by current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players and coaches. These include Collin Sexton (Utah Jazz) and Devonte Graham (San Antonio Spurs).

Pau Gasol was one of the young players attending BWB 2010. GETTY IMAGES
Pau Gasol was one of the young players attending BWB 2010. GETTY IMAGES

Forty-one former BWB campers were among the 125 international players on the opening night rosters for the 2023-24 NBA season. They included Danilo Gallinari (Milwaukee Bucks; Italy; BWB Europe 2003), Deni Avdija (Washington Wizards; Israel; BWB Europe 2018 and BWB Global 2019), Dario Šarić (Golden State Warriors; Croatia; BWB Europe 2010) and Jonas Valančiūnas (New Orleans Pelicans; Lithuania; BWB Europe 2008). Former NBA player and Spanish national team member Marc Gasol, whose No. 33 jersey was retired by the Memphis Grizzlies last month, attended BWB Europe 2010 in Barcelona.

The figures associated with the BWB are impressive and demonstrate the importance of such an event in discovering and nurturing young talent. Since 2001, it has reached over 4,300 participants from 140 countries and territories. 119 former campers have gone on to play in the NBA or WNBA. The NBA and FIBA have held 74 BWB camps in 49 cities in 33 countries on six continents.

Spain and the NBA have always had a good relationship. Sixteen NBA players have been born in Spain, including Pau Gasol, who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2023. The NBA has played 20 games in Spain since 1988, including a preseason game between the Dallas Mavericks and Real Madrid earlier this season. NBA games have been broadcast in Spain since the 1987-88 season, and the league opened its Madrid office in 2007.

Neal Meyer, Vice President of Basketball Operations for NBA Europe and the Middle East, said, "For more than 20 years, BWB Europe has helped develop many talented players who have gone on to play in the NBA, WNBA and for their national teams.”

 Jorge Garbajosa, President of FIBA Europe and former NBA player, said, "We are looking forward to hosting this BWB Europe Camp in Andalusia, Spain” "With the strong support of the Spanish Basketball Federation behind this edition, we are confident that this event will be a success. We wish everyone a rewarding and memorable experience”, he said.

Elisa Aguilar, President of the FEB, added, "Training is a fundamental pillar for us and we are convinced that this camp will offer players a few days of unique experiences, both on and off the court, that will boost their careers.