Sara Heljić in Los Angeles to take part in 4th Basketball Without Borders Global Camp16. februar 2018.

 Sara Heljić in Los Angeles to take part in 4th Basketball Without Borders Global Camp
SARA HELJIC is one of Europe’s biggest prospects, and not only for her natural tall frame! Our newly signed 2000-born 6’4 center from Bosnia & Herzegovina, who just recently turned 17, already appeared in 4 FIBA Europe Youth Championships (1x U16, 2x U18, 1x U20) going against players 1 to 4 years older than her, and now she plays against even older players in Hungary’s senior 1st Division.

2017-2018 is a big season for Sara as she made the move from her native Bosnia & Herzegovina and schooling ZKK Celik Zenica club to have her first playing-abroad experience in Hungary for Vasas Akademia. She lives up to the challenge: halfway through the season she averages a very promising 15 minutes court-time for 4pts-3reb per game, with a season personal best of 12pts-8reb on Feb 3rd.

To say Sara is ahead of time would be a pleonasm. One thing is for sure, she is used to being challenged, to testing her limits and to soaking invaluable experience from older teammates and opponents. With a spectacular learning curve ahead of her. Next on her agenda lies another great opportunity to push even further her limits, to add a new thrilling challenge and to underline even more her world Rising Star status: the “2018 Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp” to be held in Los Angeles, at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice center, during the NBA All-Star Game weekend.

Sara is one of only 24 girls, alongside 42 boys, from 36 countries, selected upon outstanding basketball skills and leadership abilities, to have received an invitation to the joint - FIBA & NBA global development and community relations outreach program. Started in 2001 the event hosts during three days the most promising high school age players worldwide. At the heart of the BWB concept is bringing together top young basketball talent aged 18 and younger from Asia-Pacific, Europe, Americas and Africa.

The first-ever Basketball without Borders camp took place in Europe in July 2001. Vlade Divac (Serbia) and Toni Kukoc (Croatia), together with former teammates from the Yugoslav national team, reunited to work with 50 children from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MKD), Slovenia and Serbia and Montenegro and use the sport of basketball as a common language for global peace, friendship, and sportsmanship. Since then 52 BWB continental camps took place in 32 cities in 27 countries on 6 continents.

The NBA and FIBA decided in 2015 to create a super-camp setting the base for the inaugural BWB Global Camp during NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City, beginning an annual All-Star tradition. Every All-Star weekend, from Friday to Sunday, invited prospects take part, under the supervision of BWB staff, National Team/NBA/WNBA players, as well as some of the world’s top coaches, in various training sessions including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, as well as 5-on-5 competition. Off the court, they will take part in daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication. Discussions and exchanges with professional players about their careers will help the prospects to build their own career path. The camp will be a unique opportunity for each player to improve their basketball talents and get to know other basketball players his age from around the globe. Past coaches, players invited include Dikembe Mutombo, Patrick Ewing, Jerry Stackhouse, Scottie Pippen, Yao Ming, Tony Parker, Pau Gasol among others. To name just a few of this year’s staff, the likes of Goran Dragic, Al Horford, Domantas Sabonis, Jennifer Azzi (1990 NCAA champion & NCAA Final 4 MOP, former coach of the University of San Francisco), Ruth Riley (2001 NCAA champion & 2001 NCAA Final 4 MOP, 2x WNBA champion, 2003 WNBA Finals MVP, ex-San Antonio Stars GM) and Lindsey Harding (#1 pick draft 2007) are confirmed members.

No doubt that Sara and her wide range of existing skills (great mobility, strong footwork, soft touch with both hands, transition game, rebounding, fighting spirit) will only benefit from this great privilege and opportunity which will help her establish herself as an elite professional basketball player faster and with a wider perspective. It’s just 3 days but she will carry them with her the rest of her life making sure that once again she soaks all she can to continue her great development.

Take the most out of it Sara! Enjoy and learn all you can!

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