Four BVIslanders Earn Top Spots In NBA Regional Camp

Source: BVI News and BVI Platinum

Demoi Bradley, Shaliquah Fahie, Mahkayla Pickering and Omar Walker Photo: BVI Platinum News

Demoi Bradley, Shaliquah Fahie, Mahkayla Pickering and Omar Walker
Photo: BVI Platinum News

Four basketball players from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) have made the list of 13 youngsters from the Caribbean and Bermuda who will participate in what is being called an authentic National Basketball Association (NBA) experience, which will be held from December 6 to 10 this year in the United States.

A total 63 players were vying for the qualifying spots.

The four qualifiers from the BVI are Omar Walker who was also adjudged the Boy Free Throw Champion, Mahkayla Pickering who also emerged the 3-Point Champion (Girls), as well as Demoi Bradley and Shaliquah Fahie.

There are also four qualifiers from Bermuda – Kobie Reid, Caelin Peters, Ish-Nae Smith, and Jorel Smith.

Barbados, which was declared the Team Shooting Champion, has two qualifiers. They are Ivanna Odle and Tower Lorde.

Remy Brewer is the only person from Trinidad and Tobago who qualified for the NBA experience.

Turks and Caicos Islands had one qualifier – Wilkins Sylvain.

The only other country that made the qualifying marks is Antigua, which is being represented by Anthony Greer.

Meanwhile, although some of the youngsters were not selected among the top 13, they received special awards.

Those include the Sportsmanship Awards, which went to Joshua Lowe, as well as Shernaria Morris. The Boys 3-Point Champion is Lincoln Weeks, while Siyaunne Hall emerged the Girls Free Throw Champion.

The competition for the top 13 spots was held through an initiative dubbed Digicel NBA Jumpstart Elite Camp, held at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in the BVI from October 7 to 9.

The Elite Camp featured the top 63 players – 45 boys and 18 girls – from the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Clinics held in nine Caribbean countries this fall.

That leg of the programme – which is now in its second year – took place in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as Turks and Caicos Islands.

The young players were picked from those countries to attend the final selection exercise in the BVI, where the group of 63 was narrowed to 13 by Digicel and the NBA.

The coaches at the camp in the BVI were seven-time NBA Champion Robert Horry, 1977 NBA Champion and former NBA head coach Lionel Hollins, as well as two-time WNBA All-Star Skylar Diggins.


56 youngsters start Digicel NBA Elite Camp today

Source: VINO

The Virgin Islands' participants of the Digicel/NBA Jumpstart Elite Camp. Photo: Provided

The Virgin Islands’ participants of the Digicel/NBA Jumpstart Elite Camp. Photo: Provided

40 boys and 16 girls will start their experience of a lifetime when the Jumpstart Elite Camp starts today Friday October 7, 2016. The camp facilitated by Digicel and the National Basketball Association (NBA) will take place in the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex.

Seven-time NBA Champion Robert K. Horry, 1977 NBA Champion and former NBA head coach Lionel E. Hollins, and two-time WNBA All-Star Skylar K. Diggins will coach at the Camp, which runs until Sunday October 9, 2016.

Mr Horry played for Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. He is one of only nine players to have won seven or more championships in the NBA. Today, Mr Horry works as a commentator on Time Warner Cable Sports Net.

Mr Hollins played for five teams during his ten-year NBA career as a point guard. He served as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets and has a lifetime coaching record of 262-272.

Ms Diggins played for Notre Dame, Tulsa Shock and currently plays for the Dallas Wings. In 2015, she was named Western Conference Player of the Month for June and named the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the second week of the season. In 2014 Ms Diggins was named a 2014 WNBA All-Star Starter and the 2014 Most Improved WNBA Player.

Participants from the Virgin Islands include Diorys Joseph, Omar Walker, Demoi Bradley, Kachife Bradshaw, Nixon Hamilton, Shauliqua Fahie and Mahkayla Pickering.

On Saturday Night, the NBA and WNBA visitors will be at a motivational evening in the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall, hosted by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports.

At the conclusion of the Elite Camp, the NBA and Digicel will choose the top thirteen players – eight boys and five girls – who will have an opportunity to take part in an authentic NBA experience in the US later this year.