The NBA tipped-off the first-ever NBA Academy Women’s camp this morning at The NBA Academy India in Greater Noida. Eighteen top female prospects ages 17 and under from throughout India took the court and had the opportunity to learn from 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member Jennifer Azzi, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and two-time WNBA Champion Ruth Riley, former WNBA player Ebony Hoffman and former college coach Blair Hardiek, among others.
The campers began the day with warm-up drills and fundamental drills including ball handling, shooting and passing before breaking into offensive skills workstations. The on-court portion of the day concluded with five on five games after a life skills session led by Hardiek.
Here is what who said:
Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Jennifer Azzi:
“I love it. Being here in India, everyone is so friendly and kind and warm-hearted. And the girls have fantastic attitudes and that is something I love the most. And I already see quite a bit of skill on the first morning of camp, so I am very impressed.”
Two-time WNBA Champion Ruth Riley:
“It has been really fun to be on the court here in India for the first ever NBA Academy India elite camp. Really impressed with what we are seeing with these young girls. Great fundamentals and the girls are really hungry to learn and are working very hard.”
Camper Vaishnavi Yadav:
“I am very happy to be in the camp, the coaches are teaching us new skills to help improve our game such as box out, pivoting, shooting and dribbling. Our coaches tell us to play hard, to support our team no matter the game situation.”