Sports and the love of the game can transcend borders and unite youth from around the world. Five cities and nearly 200 players partook in ASEAN Top Baller (ATB) to elevate their basketball skills and for a chance to take their hoop dreams to the next level.
 Participants were under the tutelage of Coach John Alexander of Global Squad and experienced first hand the training and demands of competing at the collegiate and pro level. As all players found out, even the pros practice the simplest of drills – the difference being in the focus, speed, and number of repetitions. Coach Mark Caron of Focus Pro Athletics in Manila led players in strength and conditioning workouts. Having vast experience and education in Human Movement Science and having trained national and pro prospects in the Philippines, Coach Mark’s sessions gave players a look how to prepare their bodies for the next level.
Ultimately, ATB and Global Squad preaches players to take ownership of their game and commit to bettering themselves on the court so that basketball may be used as a tool for success and opportunities academically and in life. As such, players were selected to the invitation-only Global Squad basketball development program in the USA this July where they would be immersed in elite training and AAU college recruitment tournaments for an entire month.
In addition, ATB looks to provide the opportunity to attend Global Squad sponsored as an award to players who show potential on and off the court. Their current skills, coachability, and potential were factors in the basketball portion of the evaluation. More importantly, finalists for the ATB Award must show exceptional academic acheivement.  With this, the winner will be given a chance to use basketball as a tool to potentially be accepted into high academic schools, earn a high level degree and jumpstart life after basketball. For some, this could turn out to be their first step to a professional basketball career.

This year’s ASEAN Top Baller Award Finalists are:

Kanta Watanabe (Singapore Camp)
Nationality: Japanese
School: Overseas Family School of Singapore.
Age: 16 years old
Adrian Nonis (Penang Camp)
Nationality: Malaysian
School: Dalat International School.
Age: 18 years old
James William (Jakarta Camp)
Nationality: Indonesian
School: Sekolah Pelita Harapan.
Age: 15 years old
Owen Pura (Manila Camp)
Nationality: Filipino.
School: University of Santo Tomas High School.
Age: 16 years old
Nationality: Malaysian.
School: International School @ Park City.
Age: 15 years old
Stay tuned for the announcement of the ATB Award Winner in the coming weeks!

Thank you to all ASEAN Top Baller partners for making this a reality


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