September 27, 2022
Alin Konstantin Photography.

The joy of playing competitive basketball has again illuminated the junior NBA experience for many participants.

The groundbreaking joint venture between the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) has been announced since March 5. It will enroll more than 450 boys and girls aged 11-14 from Abu Dhabi School Against each other until the May 21 final.

It follows a long spell where the required COVID-19 regulations have disrupted youth leagues across the region. But the action is now in its third week at the American Community School in Abu Dhabi, and Maryam Isa Al Khameri of the New Orleans Pelicans / ADNOC School was thrilled to be taking part.

“It’s a great experience for us, it’s something new and we didn’t play the epidemic about two years ago,” he said after a 10-6 defeat to Dallas Mavericks / Al Ain Juniors School last weekend.

“It’s something new and it doesn’t really matter if we lose or win, it’s great.”

Winners – covering 72 games, including play-offs – will have the opportunity to watch the October Ground Breaking Live NBA pre-season matches in the UAE capital. Scouts will also choose a boy and a girl for a lifetime of basketball training experience at the NBA summer camp in Europe.

One player who is already on fire is Ahmad Awariani of the Chicago Bulls / Cranleh School. He won the Match of the Year award for his 17-4 win over the Indiana Pacers / West Yass Academy.

He says: “I am working hard for this opportunity. I train every day to improve and improve myself in the junior NBA and I actually won the MVP. ”

To keep up to date with events, go to Instagram and follow the verified @jrnbauae account. There you will find everything from match schedules to results, action pictures and amazing videos that show incredible talent in the show.

Use the following hashtags to join the conversation: #JrNBA, #NBAinAbuDhabi and #JrNBALeague.

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