TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018 - ST. JOHN’S ANTIGUA -- The Digicel NBA Jumpstart Programme wrapped up in Antigua on Sunday with seven aspiring basketball players, moving on the 2nd round of the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Programme in Trinidad July 14 – 15.
Among the top players selected is St. Kitts & Nevis’ own, Tyquan Rogers. Tyquan is a student of the Verchilds High School. He currently plays basketball with his school as well as with the Bird Rock Uprisers in the local Junior League.
Tyquan’s journey started on March 10 as one of the four players selected to represent St. Kitts & Nevis at the Antigua camp as part of the annual Digicel NBA Jumpstart Programme. Tyrique Jeffers, Tabian Caines and Kizivor Jeffers also attended and fought this past weekend to be among the top seven to matriculate to the Elite Camp phase of the programme.
NBA coaches, Troy Justice and Caleb Canales lead the players through a variety of activities on and off the court, including individual player development, 5-on-5 games, life skills education, offensive improvement, shooting, drippling and more.
At the end of the camp, Tyquan along with Nia Coates, Javonte Valerie, Jahlesha Knowles, Shamar Joseph, Jabari Williams and Jamine Charles from Antigua & Barbuda were the seven selected for the Elite Camp.
Coach Diana Palmer accompanied the St. Kitts and Nevis contingent to Antigua and remarked “It’s a proud moment for his parents, coaches and the Basketball federation. This is the first time that we are taking part in Digicel NBA Jumpstart Programme and we are so proud and happy to have had one of our players selected. We really wish them all the best of luck as they move on to Trinidad and then the US as this will be a big achievement for the region.”
From April 7 to May 20, camps are being held in the Turks & Caicos Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Haiti. Each camp is being divided into boys and girls divisions comprised of two age groups (U16 boys & girls and U14 boys & girls). NBA assistant coaches, NBA international basketball operations staff and top Caribbean coaches will lead campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including individual player development, 5-on-5 games, life skills education, and more. Each camp will also host a coaching clinic and include community programmes.
The top seven players (U16 boys & girls) in each market will be selected to attend the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Elite Camp in Trinidad and Tobago from July 14-15. The NBA and Digicel will then choose the top 14 players from the Elite Camp – eight boys and six girls – who will be invited to participate in an authentic NBA experience in the U.S. later this year.
Digicel and the NBA signed a multiyear partnership in 2015 to deliver live games and extensive NBA programming to more than 25 Caribbean territories through SportsMax and the PlayGo app – making Digicel the Official Communications Partner of the NBA in the region. Watch all the live action now in the lead up to and during the 2018 NBA Playoffs as the regular season comes to an end.
About Digicel Group
Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 31 markets throughout the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets, including Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programs. Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.
About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League, set to launch in May 2018. The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2017-18 season featured 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.4 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.
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