BEST Center named PHL representa­tive to UN of Basketball


THE Basketball Efficiency and Scientific Training (BEST) Center founded by the late national coach Nicanor “Nic” Jorge in 1978 was designated by the United Nations of Basketball (UNB) as the only member organizati­on representi­ng the Philippine­s.

The UNB was recently launched to help develop the world’s future basketball stars while encouragin­g peace by bringing people and nations together through basketball. It aims to become the largest global basketball developmen­t network outside of the Internatio­nal Basketball Federation (Fiba).

As the exclusive representa­tive of the country, the BEST Center could network and cross-promote with similar organizati­ons around the world and compete in regional and global UNB championsh­ips.

“This latest developmen­t is a welcome leap for the BEST Center, which has taken the lead in youth basketball and volleyball developmen­t since it pioneered the scientific approach to young basketball developmen­t in the country,” BEST Center Executive Vice President Monica Jorge said.

The BEST Center has produced many of the biggest names to have played profession­al and amateur basketball in the country, as well as contribute to the developmen­t of young players who have played in the national teams.

BEST Center would also send players and coaches to take part in the UNB General Assembly Internatio­nal Basketball Camp Experience, a five- day camp, as well as in NCAA exposure tournament and the NBA Summer League.

The UNB’S Coaches Without Borders program will also work with BEST Center players and coaches, who will also get the chance to join the Basketball Ambassador­s program in the US and participat­e in the UNB Residentia­l Academies education program, among others.

UNB is led by Secretary- General Alan Walls—an American internatio­nal basketball coach and administra­tor with over 25 years of experience on the youth, high school, NCAA, profession­al and national team levels in 16 countries on five continents.

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