Basketball Without Borders

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Deandre Ayton

The Bahamas

Lauri Markkanen in BWBLauri Markkanen in NBA

Lauri Markkanen

Finland

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Josh Giddey

Australia

Joel Embild in BWBJoel Embild in NBA

Joel Embild

Cameroon

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Represent, Inpsire, Showcase, Grow

Basketball Without Borders (BWB) is a premier opportunity for elite players to learn the game from world-class players and coaches; showcase their skills in front of NBA, WNBA and FIBA coaches, players and scouts; and compete against the top talent in the world. Players enhance their basketball and life skills during four-day BWB camps and have the opportunity to return years later as a coach when they are leaders in the NBA or WNBA to inspire future basketball stars.

Thousands of athletes, dozens of NBA and WNBA players representing their countries

Launched in 2001, BWB has staged 62 camps in 39 cities across 30 countries and six continents. The program has reached more than 3,700 campers from 133 different countries.

  • 104

    BWB Alumni Have Been Drafted or Signed in the NBA/WNBA

  • 35

    BWB Alumni were on 2021-22 NBA Opening-Night Rosters

  • 8

    BWB Alumni Were Selected in the 2022 NBA Draft

  • 7

    Straight NBA Drafts with BWB Alumni Selected in Lottery

  • 15

    BWB Alumni Selected in the Top 10 of the NBA Draft

What is Basketball Without Borders?

Basketball Without Borders is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that unites young basketball players to promote the sport of basketball as well as leadership, health and wellness.

The program features four-day camps in different markets around the world – including Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific – for top prospects from each region.

The participants – selected by the NBA, FIBA and participating national federations – come together in a host city where they are joined by some of the world’s top coaches, NBA, WNBA, and FIBA players and legends, and BWB staff for several days of basketball and leadership development.

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    Provide elite basketball instruction and development opportunities to maximize the potential of international talent

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    Elevate the level of basketball in each region where the camp is hosted

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    Provide NBA, WNBA and FIBA players, coaches and team executives an opportunity to serve as global ambassadors through the game of basketball

2022 BWB Camps

20 years of BWB

Look back on 20 years of BWB featuring players at the top of the basketball world today.

“BWB is the most respected, elite continental camp in the basketball world.”

Kim Bohuny, NBA Senior Vice President, International Basketball Operations

Joel Embiid – BWB Africa 2011

“Those [NBA players] talking about their experiences… I always remember whether it was the conversations or words of advice that we all got at the camp. It helped me to stay true to myself.”

Joel Embiid, Cameroon, Philadelphia 76ers

Deandre Ayton BWB – BWB Global 2016

“BWB is a blessing. I’ve never been around so many NBA players and experienced players. It is motivation to get to the top like those guys.”

Deandre Ayton in 2016, The Bahamas, Phoenix Suns

Jamal Murray – BWB Global 2015

"The game allowed me to travel, see new countries, meet new people, play against talented guys that I'm not able to play against otherwise, and talk to coaches and former players that I looked up to growing up. So many different things that can come out of BWB…it's only beneficial."

Jamal Murray, Canada, Denver Nuggets

Lauri Markkanen – BWB Europe 2014

“People saw the potential which I may not have seen at that point. It was an unbelievable experience being coached by NBA players and maybe BWB saved my career… I might not play basketball for a living without BWB”

Lauri Markkanen, Finland, Cleveland Cavaliers

Jonas Valanciunas – BWB Europe 2008

“Basketball Without Borders gave me extra motivation. I had to be better to be one of the greatest ones… I’ve represented Lithuania for 13 years. I love my country; I feel honor playing for my country; I feel honor representing my country." 

Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania, New Orleans Pelicans

Awak Kuier - BWB Europe 2016, Global 2017 & Europe 2018

“She will make a big footprint not only in Finnish basketball but also in European basketball. She's already making history by being drafted to the WNBA.”

Vanja Cerivec, Slovenia, Chicago Bulls International Scout

Bennedict Mathurin - BWB Americas 2019 & Global 2020

"Seeing the best players from every country come to BWB Global in Chicago was fun. Every kid's dream is to play in the NBA and I got a preview of the players I will play against in the next couple years."

Bennedict Mathurin, Canada, University of Arizona

BWB Alumni
BWB Alumni
"How does it Feel to Represent Your Country?"`

See what our Alumni have to say:

  • "I love [Lithuania], I feel honor playing for it and I feel honor to represent my country."

    Jonas Valanciunas

    Lithuania

    New Orleans Pelicans

    BWB Europe 2008

  • "I hope that me and the other girls that are playing in the NCAA can pave the way for [Croatia’s] younger generations that are coming"

    Nika Muhl

    Croatia

    University of Connecticut Women's Basketball

    BWB Global 2019 & BWB Europe 2018

  • "There is more pride and joy to that, that you fight for your country."

    Deandre Ayton

    Bahamas

    Phoenix Suns

    BWB Global 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

Our team is here to help with every detail. We want you to have all the answers you need before you begin your journey.

Basketball Without Borders is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that unites young players to promote the game of basketball and foster life skills of leadership, health and wellness. BWB is a premier opportunity for elite players to learn the game from world-class players and coaches; showcase their skills in front of NBA, WNBA and FIBA coaches, players and scouts; and compete against the top talent in the world. Launched in 2001, BWB has staged 62 camps in 39 cities across 30 countries and six continents. The program has reached more than 3,700 campers from 133 different countries.
BWB is an invite-only camp for elite players. Each camp is age-based, and players are selected by the NBA, FIBA and participating national federations based on their performance and demonstrated leadership abilities.
Each BWB cycle consists of four regional BWB camps – one in each of Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. These camps typically are held between May and September of each year. The final camp of a BWB cycle is BWB Global, which is held in association with NBA All-Star Weekend in February.
BWB Global – launched in 2015 – is the culmination of a BWB season. 64 of the top male and female international prospects convene in the same city as NBA All-Star Weekend for a three-day camp. In addition to the development and exposure opportunity, camp participants get to attend some of the NBA All-Star Weekend nightly events.
Basketball Without Borders has three primary objectives:

  1. Elite basketball instruction and development opportunities to maximize the potential of international talent
  2. Elevate the level of basketball in each region where the camp is hosted
  3. Provide NBA, WNBA and FIBA players, coaches and team executives an opportunity to serve as global ambassadors through the game of basketball
BWB aims to raise the overall level of basketball in each market that serves as a host. In collaboration with FIBA, NBA/WNBA coaches lead a clinic that is open for all local coaches to observe. Additionally, the NBA and FIBA work with local federations and leagues to nominate several coaches to work alongside the NBA coaches and players throughout the camp as a development opportunity. Lastly, former NBA and FIBA referees lead daily development sessions with federation-nominated local referees, which includes classroom sessions, film review and on-court instruction.