The National Basketball Association (NBA), in partnership with the Federation of Ugandan Basketball Association, (FUBA) announced on Wednesday that two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng of the Miami Heat will be the guest of honour at the 2015 FUBA Jr. NBA League Finals, set to take place on Saturday, August 15 at the Lugogo Indoor Arena in Kampala, Uganda.
The FUBA Jr. NBA League was created to leverage the excitement of the NBA and inspire more youth to participate in basketball through a fun and positive experience with the sport. The league also promotes core values such as teamwork, leadership, fitness and healthy living through league games and competition.
“Following the success of the first NBA game on the African continent, we are very excited to have Luol with us in Kampala at the Jr. NBA League Finals,” said Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa. “This event will be the culmination of a successful inaugural season and I look forward to spending time with Ugandan youth once again.”
“This year, we will host Luol Deng, one of the greatest African basketball players to play in the NBA,” said Ambrose Tashobya, FUBA President. “It is our hope that young aspiring basketball players such as those in the FUBA Jr. NBA League will be inspired to follow their dreams and reach for the stars when they meet and interact with such amazing talent from Africa.”
The FUBA Jr. NBA League, which is open to boys ages 12-15, featured 30 teams from schools across Kampala competing in the Eastern and Western Conference. Regular inter-conference league games have been played at various school courts every weekend since the launch of the league in May. The top eight teams from each conference qualified for the playoffs.
The Conference Semifinals took place on Saturday, August 8 at Kabira International School, while the Conference Finals were held on Sunday, August 9 at Kampala Parents School. The third-place game will be played on August 15 prior to the championship game that will determine the first 2015 FUBA Jr. NBA League Champion.
The second season of FUBA Jr. NBA League will commence in April 2016.
The NBA recently launched a similar league for girls in Maputo, Mozambique earlier this year and also conducts similar Jr. NBA school leagues in Spain and the UK.