No fewer than 65 basketball players are participating in the inaugural edition of a basketball youth camp for prospective league players.
The camp is expected to hold at the outdoor courts of the Murtala Mohammed Square in Kaduna and will run from October 18 to 21.
The camp tagged, “Kwese Prospect Camp’’, is a youth development initiative of the Tijani Umar-led NBBF and is targeted at grassroots basketball players 19-year old and below.
The Kwese Premier League Director, Mr Ajibarede Bello, said the intensive three-day exercise aims at honing their character and skills and national team players for the big stage through various engaging activities.
He said the camp included mentoring Division 1 and 2 team players as well as products from various academies nationwide.
Bello said the participants would be tutored on basketball and life skills.
“This camp is a developmental process. In basketball where we gather young players from across the country and build them to what they expect in the future.
“In the camp now coaches are invited to watch and select players that they will recruit to their teams.
“It also served as an avenue for job creation for our teeming youths.
He added that the camp would also identify future prospects for the Kwese Premier League and the national teams, and avail senior Kwese League players the opportunity to mentor the young prospects.
According to him, the camp will be done regularly and will be taking place in different venues.
“We are going to make it a regular basis and will be going to different venues to hold it.
Also speaking, president of Coaches Association Scott Nnaji said the coaches have taken it as routine to build players to play in the league.
” We are going to train them to so that we can have players in every part of the country.
He said they involved so many coaches in camp so that they can help the players get to the next level.
“We are following the trend of the things happening to build them up and know what will help them move forward and also introduce new things that will help them get it right.
Eboka Ifeanyi, a player from Lagos expressed optimism that he will do better in the game to be recruited and play in the league.
“I want to get better in the game both body wise and mentally and see myself play in the Kwese League.