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NBA announce first Academy Games for women’s international prospects

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The National Basketball Association is set to host the inaugural Women’s NBA Academy Games in July.

The event will be apart of the 2022 NBA Academy Games for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S.

“We are excited to once against host the NBA Academy Games as part of our commitment to developing top prospects from outside the U.S.,” said NBA Associate Vice President and Head of Elite Basketball Chris Ebersole, according to a league press release.

The Women’s NBA Academy Games will bring together more than 40 of the top high school-age international prospects t showcase their skills in front of NCAA coaches and WNBA scouts.

The women’s event will feature four teams made up of top international players and two local teams.

The NBA Academy Games is a series of exhibition games featuring top prospects from the league’s four academies located in Australia, India, Mexico and Senegal.

Prospects will be competing against each other and elite select teams in front of NCAA coaches and NBA scouts.


This year’s men’s event will feature eight teams: NBA Academy Africa (two teams), NBA Academy Latin America, NBA Global Academy, NBA World Select (two teams), and Atlanta-based The Skill Factory National and The Skill Factory Global.

The final three days of the event will feature a single-elimination tournament that will culminate with the NBA Academy Games Championship.

The event will be open to NBA and WNBA teams, both the men’s and women’s events will be NCAA certified and held during an NCAA live recruiting period.

In addition to the exhibition games, the NBA Academy Games and Women’s NBA Academy Games will feature NBA Academy coaches and staff leading prospects through a series of events.

The women’s event will feature a panel discussion about leadership and player pathways led by former WNBA players Elaine Powell and Tamara Moore. The men’s event will feature a Q&A with former NBA player Marvin Williams.

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