NBA player Willie Cauley-Stein of the Sacramento Kings is currently in Manila, Philippines for the Jr. NBA National Training Camp. He was with Alaska coach John Ramirez on their first training day of the participants.
The global youth basketball participation program of the NBA for boys and girls teaches fundamental skills and the core values of sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude and respect. It is now in the process of selecting the newest All-Stars of Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska.
Aside from Cauley-Stein, WNBA Hall of Famer and 3-time MVP Sheryl Swoopes is also in Manila for the Jr. NBA Philippines program. The top eight boys and eight girls who will follow the footsteps of previous All-Stars like Kobe Paras, Ricci Rivero, Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena, Kib Montalbo, Kai Sotto and Aljon Mariano will be announced on May 20, 2018 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
As the Jr. NBA Alumni All-Star Game coaches, Cauley-Stein and Swoopes will help identify the 2018 Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars. The chosen boys and girls will attend NBA China Games 2018 featuring the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks in Shanghai, China in October 2018.
Cauley-Stein has been playing for the Sacramento Kings since 2015. Hailing from Kansas, he attended Olathe Northwest High School where he played basketball and football.
In college, Cauley-Stein went to the University of Kentucky. He played for the Kentucky Wildcats from 2012 to 2015.
On April 9, 2015, Cauley-Stein declared to enter his name into the NBA draft and the Sacramento Kings selected him with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft on June 25, 2015. In 2016, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
Here is a clip featuring Cauley-Stein talking to Filipino sports journalist at Dusat Thani in Makati City, Metro Manila on March 15, 2018: