JORDAN BRAND CLASSIC NAMES MVPs FROM BARCELONA
10 Players Selected to Travel to the United States
BARCELONA, SPAIN (March 3, 2013) - Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc., hosted its seventh annual Jordan Brand Classic International Camp from March 1-3 at Ciutat Esportiva, the training ground of FC Barcelona, featuring the top 16-and-under basketball talent from around Europe. The purpose of the camp is to select 10 participants who will compete in the International Game at the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, New York at Barclays Center on April 13th.
This year, in order to select the International players, Jordan Brand invited 41 of the top European prospects from 23 different countries for a three-day training camp. The camp features both basketball and strength and conditioning sessions. All of the sessions are geared toward teaching the athletes how to improve their skills to compete at the next level.
During the weekend, the participants were also able to tour and have dinner at the famous FC Barcelona Camp Nou football stadium.
The camp concluded with the all-star game at Palau Blaugrana, home of FCB Regal of the Euroleague. It was attended by Jordan Brand Classic alum Joan Creus, who was on hand to meet the participants. The event concluded with the announcement of the camp’s 10 Most Valuable Players who will be featured on the 2013 Jordan Brand Classic International Game roster. The International Game roster will be rounded out with eight other players selected from around the world to showcase their talents at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 13.
This year’s European MVP selections Vasileios Charalampopulos (Panathinaikos/Greece), Sergio Garcia (CTEIB/Spain), Stephane Gombauld (INSEP/France), Andrea Latorre (Stella Azzurra/Italy), Luc Loubaki (INSEP/France), Lovro Mazalin (Cibona Zagreb/Croatia), Stefan Nikolic (Red Star/Serbia), Georgios Papagiannis (Peristeri/Greece), Stefan Peno (FC Barcelona/Serbia) and Joshua Steel (Barking Abbey/England).
These players join a prestigious list of former participants. Two of the top five picks in the 2011 NBA Draft, Enes Kanter (Turkey) and Jonas Valančiūnas (Lithuania), participated in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic International Game in New York City.
The Jordan Brand Classic also features a New York Regional game and an All-American Game with the top players from the United States. Alumni of the All-American Game include many of the NBA’s biggest stars such as Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and Kevin Durant. For more information on the Jordan Brand Classic, please visit the official web site, www.JordanBrandClassic.com or follow the JBC on Twitter @JordanClassic.
About the Jordan Brand International Tour:
2013 will mark the seventh year that the Jordan Brand Classic will feature an International tour as part of the event. These players are hand picked from all corners of the world. The last five years saw the top 15- and 16-year old basketball players from around the globe battling in front of thousands of fans at Madison Square Garden in New York City and most recently at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC. The initial international game saw a talented group of overseas players battle a select group of New York City All-Stars.
The 2011 NBA Draft was a monumental year for the Jordan Brand Classic International Game as three former players were selected in the first round. Enes Kanter (Turkey) went No. 3 to the Utah Jazz, Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania) was picked No. 5 by the Toronto Raptors and the Houston Rockets selected Nikola Mirotic (Spain) with the No. 23 pick.
Each year in order to select the international participants; Jordan Brand invites 40 of the top prospects in Europe for a fierce three-day training camp with some of the top basketball-training experts from the U.S. Basketball training experts Christopher Thomas & Ganon Baker held strength & conditioning and skills development sessions each day along with 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 competitions led by Kyle Manary. The prospects compete for one of the 10 coveted Most Valuable Player awards and an opportunity to come to the U.S. and compete in the Jordan Brand Classic. The European players are joined by six players from other regions of the world to complete the International game rosters.
Over the past six years Jordan Brand’s elite training camps have been held in Athens, Greece, Istanbul, Turkey, London, Rome, Italy, and Vilnius, Lithuania.
In the past five years over 25 countries have been represented in the Jordan Brand Classic International Game including: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mali, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Turkey.
Be sure to follow the Jordan Brand Classic International Tour on Twitter @JordanClassic.
Barcelona Camp Rosters (updated March 1, 2013) - Click Here