Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska set a new attendance record for the Regional Selection Camps (RSC) with 1,505 young athletes from Butuan City and nearby cities and provinces of Mindanao. Prior to this camp, the highest attendance was at the Jr. NBA RSC in Cagayan de Oro in February 2017 with 1,479 participants.
“Breaking the attendance record for the Jr. NBA Philippines Regional Selection Camp is a tremendous achievement,” Jr. NBA Head Coach Rob Newson said. He added that it is a testament to the popularity of the game of basketball in the Philippines.
Coach Newson and Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) legend Jeffrey Cariaso led the Jr. NBA coaches. They welcomed campers that included over 200 young boys and girls from the indigenous people of Higa-onon, Manobo and Banwaon who endured a two-hour drive to immerse in the Jr. NBA experience.