BASKETBALL action in the Jr. NBA Philippines heats up as the popular hoops clinic goes to Davao City on Sunday for the selection of top Mindanaoan campers at the Ateneo de Davao.

The whole day regional selection camp is a follow-up to the Jr. NBA Coaches clinic last January where 250 coaches and hundreds of young basketball hopefuls from Southern Mindanao participated.

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The Jr. NBA Regional Selection Camp in Davao will be handled by local Jr. NBA coaches Cadel Mosqueda, a former PBA player, and Eddie Salac. They will be joined by Jr. NBA appointed coach and PBA Legend Ronnie Magsanoc.

At the camp, the young participants will be measured and rated for their vitals like height, weight, flexibility, endurance, fitness, agility and strength and will undergo skills tests for shooting, laying-up, dribbling, passing and footwork.

Their vertical jump will be measured by the NBA’s state of the art “Just Jump System,” where they will be asked to jump straight up on a precision mat, while a computer with laser mechanism measures the height of their vertical leap correctly. The kids will also be given seminars on health and nutrition.

The participants will also be briefed on the Jr. NBA core S.T.A.R. values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, (Positive) Attitude, and Respect.

Open to boys aged 12 to 14, some 300 spots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free registration will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. only.

The Mindanao leg will choose the top 10 best campers who will be joining other 30 campers from all over the country for the Jr. NBA National Training Camp from April 16-18 at the Jose Rizal University Gym in Mandaluyong City.

Top 10 Cebu campers

In a related development, the Visayan leg held last week at the Sacred Heart Academy gym in Mandaue City has produced the top 10 kids who have displayed good performances in the hard-court.

The top 10 hopefuls are Lorenzo Carampatana, Jarek Mercado, Jessineth Stephen Wahing and Patrick Nigel Go from the Sacred Heart School of the Society of Jesus; John Agustin Pajantoy and Mitchel Vincent Antigua from the University of San Carlos; Bryan Edward Villaruz and Jorine Cercado from the Ateneo de Iloilo; Kirell Brahndon Montalbo from Taytung High School in Bacolod and Noel Villaceran from the San Roque Child Development School in Lapu-Lapu City.

Meanwhile, three-time champion and NBA Legend BJ Armstrong, formerly of the Chicago Bulls, and US Jr. NBA Coach Frank Lopez will fly to Manila in April to run the Jr. NBA National Training Camp.

The best eight national campers from the 40 regional finalists will be proclaimed the 2009-10 Jr. NBA All-Star Team and will be rewarded with

an authentic NBA experience in October. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)