Fil-Am ballers Clarkson, Green to lead first virtual Jr. NBA PH clinics

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 17) – Filipino American ballers Jordan Clarkson of the Utah Jazz and 2021 NBA draft prospect Jalen Green will lead the first virtual Jr. NBA Philippines basketball clinics, the league announced on Monday.

The free virtual basketball clinics for boys and girls aged 13 to 17 years old across the country will run on May 29 and June 12, with registration now live at www.jrnbaasia.com.

Jordan and Green will join Jr. NBA coaches in conducting online basketball drills. The two Filipino American cagers will also take part in a life session and discuss the importance of fundamental skills training in their professional careers during the May 29 online event.

"Shifting the Jr. NBA program to a virtual event will allow us to safely engage young boys and girls through basketball while continuing to promote the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle," said Scott Levy, NBA Philippines Managing Director.

Clarkson was selected 46th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2014 NBA Draft and named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2015. The 6-foot-4 guard is a top candidate for the Sixth Man of the Year award this season with his averages of 18 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists despite coming off the bench.

Green played for the G League Ignite, a team dedicated to the development of elite youth prospects, in the last NBA G League season. The 2018 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup Most Valuable Player awardee averaged 17.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game to emerge as one of the top prospects in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Meanwhile, WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro will headline the Jr. NBA session designed for girls on June 12.

Penicheiro, a Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, spent 15 seasons in the WNBA with the Sacramento Monarchs, Los Angeles Sparks, and Chicago Sky. She was named as one of the WNBA's Top 20 Players of All Time in 2016 and has won a WNBA title. The point guard was also a four-time WNBA All-Star and a three-time All-WNBA selection.

The Jr. NBA Philippines will launch a social media contest to help choose 10 boys and 10 girls who will participate in the Jr. NBA Asia Pacific Camp Online on July 31, which will be attended by 120 participants from seven countries across the region.

It is a one-day virtual basketball event that will feature advanced basketball instruction, skills challenges, and interactive sessions with select NBA and WNBA players.

Starting June 21, the Jr. NBA Philippines will publish a series of videos on its official Facebook page which feature Clarkson, Penicheiro, former NBA coaches, local Jr. NBA coaches, and sports science resource speakers discussing a range of sports-related topics like nutrition, psychology, diversity, and inclusion among others.

Since 2007, Jr. NBA Philippines has reached more than two million youth, parents and coaches across the country, teaching the fundamental skills and core S.T.A.R. values of the game: sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude, and respect.