Denver, CO, United States (4E Sports) – Denver Nuggets Coach Brian Shaw visited Africa to coach young prospects as part of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program.
This year’s No. 3 overall pick, Joel Embiid, was a participant of the same program years ago.
The participants are the top 60 players in Africa from 20 countries.
Shaw may have seen future NBA players after participants went through drills under him.
The coach also stated the NBA’s exposure to international trips will add to the credibility of the league’s label as a global brand.
Shaw believes these players are getting an inspiration from their countrymen who are playing or have played in the NBA.
These players include Joel Embiid, Serge Ibaka, Dikembe Mutombo and Hakeem Olajuwon.
He added, “The nice thing about it is that some of those guys I’ve named while they are playing, they are coming back to the places where they are from and sharing their knowledge.”
Former Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri, Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins, Toronto coach Dwane Casey, and Nuggets assistant coach Patrick Mutombo were with Shaw to represent the league.
Shaw observed the players having raw skills, but are very athletic and long.
“So it’s neat to sort of get to them on this grass roots level and coach them, teach them,” he added.