Toronto Raptors basketball club general manager and initiator of the giant of Africa Top-50 basketball camp in Nigeria Masai Ujiri is confident that the camp will continue to produce quality young players for Nigeria.
Speaking at a media parley in Lagos at the weekend the former Nigeria international says he is happy with the pace of the camp which has become an intrigral part of youth development in Nigeria and other Africa countries.
The 2013 edition of camp which began in Lagos on Sunday saw kids from Nigeria Benin Republic and Togo with instructors drawn from Nigeria and the United States of America.
Ujiri stated that the aim of the annual camp is not to develop and take kids abroad but for them to fit into the Nigeria and other Africa countries league system.
He, however, said that kids that have excelled at the camp have found their way to various colleges in the United States of America. He also advised participants to take education seriously, as it was not possible for all of them to make it to the National Basketball Association (NBA) league even if they play at colleges in the U.S.
“I must express satisfaction over the fact that many kids have come through the camps and are playing in different colleges in the U.S. However, the idea behind the camp is not to get the player ready for contracts outside the country but to help grow the game in Nigeria and other Africa countries.
Two foreign coaches- Patrick Mutombo and Patrick Engelbrecht would be joined by Markmentors of Abuja Coach, Joe Tomo to take participants through the rudiment of the game in the 3-Day camp which ends tuesday.