The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced that 32 teams will take part in the second Jr. NBA Global Championship, a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World.
The competition will take place from Aug. 6-11 and will air on the Fox Sports family of networks.
Dwyane Wade, three-time NBA Champion and Jr. NBA Global Championship Ambassador; Mike Conley, Utah Jazz guard and 2019 NBA Sportsmanship and Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award recipient; Breanna Stewart, 2018 WNBA MVP and WNBA Champion; Swin Cash, New Orleans Pelicans Vice President of Basketball Operations and Team Development and former WNBA All-Star; and Rick Carlisle, Head Coach of the Dallas Mavericks will attend the event, interact with the teams and take part in leadership development programs.
Fox Sports will air 16 games from the event throughout the week across Fox, FS1, and FS2. The girls and boys Global Championship games will be televised on Aug. 11 at 3 and 4:30 p.m. Eastern on Fox. All games will be telecast live and simulcast online at FoxSports.com, along with the Fox Sports mobile app.
Commentary for this year will be provided by eight-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter, YES Network’s lead Brooklyn Nets game analyst Sarah Kustok and college basketball analyst Donny Marshall. Play-by-play announcer Mark Followill will return courtside with the addition of broadcaster Brian Custer. Noah Eagle will be a reporter and Charissa Thompson will anchor a pregame show live from Orlando, Fla.
This event will bring together 16 U.S. teams with 16 international teams that advanced from regional competitions earlier this year. The international teams will represent Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe & Middle East, India, Latin America, and Mexico. You can check out the list of 16 U.S. teams below:
U.S Boys Division
- Central – Drive5 Power Elite; Overland Park, Kan.
- Mid-Atlantic – Quality Warriors; Upper Marlboro, Md.
- Midwest – The Family; Detroit, Mich.
- Northeast – K/S Elite All Stars; New York, N.Y.
- Northwest – Dynasty Red; Portland, Ore.
- South – Drive Nation; Dallas Texas
- Southeast – TSF Mack; Atlanta, Ga.
- West – City Ballers; Los Angeles, Calif.
U.S. Girls Division
- Central – Missouri Phenom; Kansas City, Mo.
- Mid-Atlantic – Maryland Belles; Odenton, Md.
- Midwest – All Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio
- Northeast – Empire State Basketball Club; Westchester, N.Y.
- Northwest – Evolution Greyhounds; Seattle, Wash.
- South – Cy Fair Elite; Austin, Texas
- Southeast – FBC United The Family; Metro Atlanta, Ga.
- West – San Diego Waves; San Diego, Calif.
The Jr. NBA Global Championship will feature these divisions, separated into U.S. and international brackets, as they begin in round-robin play and continue through single-elimination competition. The competition will come to a close with the winning teams from the U.S. and international brackets playing in the Global Championship games on Aug. 11.
On Aug. 8, however, the teams will take a break from the event to take part in an NBA Cares community service project during the day and a skills competition at night.
To learn more about this year’s global championship, visit JRNBA.com/GlobalChampionship.