When you think of Walt Disney World, you probably think of the four theme parks. But many people forget it is also home to world-class athletics facilities in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. That complex will be host to next week’s Jr. NBA Global Championship, where some of the best 13- and 14-year-old basketball players from all over the world will compete on the big stage.
- NBA stars will also be a part of the event, including eight-time NBA All Star Vince Carter who will serve as a game analyst during the global youth basketball tournament’s broadcast across FOX, FS1 and FS2.
- Carter spoke to the caliber of players who will participate in this tournament and what this experience will mean to them, saying “Some of these kids will be stars in the NBA and this kind of prepares them for the international game when they get there.”
- Carter will be joined on the broadcast by YES Network’s lead Brooklyn Nets game analyst Sarah Kustok and college basketball analyst Donny Marshall.
- Many other NBA and WNBA stars will be present for the opening ceremony of this week long tournament, including:
- Danny Green, 2019 NBA Champion
- Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic player
- Dennis Scott, Former Orlando Magic player
- Jennifer Azzi, 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist
- Jason Collins, Former NBA player and NBA Cares Ambassador
- Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Former NBA player
- Shareef Abdur-Rahim, NBA G League President
More on the Jr. NBA Global Championship:
- The competition will take place Aug. 6-11 and will feature the top 32 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world, separated into U.S. and international brackets that begin with round-robin play and continue with single-elimination competition.
- The winners of the U.S. and international brackets will play in the Global Championship games on Aug. 11.
- It will all take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.