NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina was for the most part about the festivities, the parties, the dunk off and all that jazz. However, a large group of international high school age prospects were in the gym grinding at NBA | FIBA Basketball Without Borders Global Camp. Israeli born Deni Avdija shined among the group of talent as MVP for the boys while on the ladies side, Canadian born Aaliyah Edwards earned MVP honours.
To give some perspective, many NBA scouts believe that Avdija will go as a lottery pick in next year’s NBA Draft. As for Edwards, she is expected to play high major basketball in the NCAA.
From day one there were clear signs that Israel’s Deni Avdija was coming to take the MVP award from camp. He is one of the players at camp that already had professional experience under his belt with Macabi Tel Aviv of the Euro League and Israeli Premier League. For a full scouting report on Avdija check out the piece from day one at camp.
He seemed so ahead of the rest in terms of IQ, pace, skill and control over the game, plays developed with ease for him.
Aaliyah Edwards was loud and infused her team with energy throughout the three days. This was something that she did consistently with her vocal presence and ability to lead by example.
Edwards is an assassin with a knack for scoring and has the type of handle on the rock to loose shake and bake defenders.
Also for Canada, Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe was selected as an All-Star through a strong showing on the third day of camp when he caught the attention of many some eye popping dunks that he made look easy. M.A’s ceiling is still very high considering the intrigue in his athleticism and potential of guarding multiple positions.
Below are the award winners and All-Stars from the 2019 BWB Global Camp.
BWB Global 2019 Awards:
- Boys MVP: Deni Avdija (Israel)
- Girls MVP: Aaliyah Mckenzie Edwards (Canada)
- Patrick Baumann Sportsmanship Award: Santiago Vescovi (Uruguay) and Zoe Wadoux (France)
- Grit Award: Charlisse Leger-Walker (New Zealand) and Kerr Kriisa (Estonia)
- Three-Point Champion: Gemma Potter (Australia) and Tamuri Wigness (Australia)
BWB Global 2019 All-Stars:
- Boys: Santiago Vescovi (Uruguay); Tamuri Wigness (Australia); Matthieu Gauzin (France); Jermaine Miranda Perez (Puerto Rico); Jovan Kljajuc (Montenegro); Killian Hayes (France); Matthew-Aelxander Moncriefe (Canada); Deni Avdija (Israel); Tristan Enaruna (Netherlands), Samuel Mennenga (New Zealand): Amar Sylla (Senegal), Khalifa Diop (Senegal)
- Girls: Nika Mühl (Croatia); Ming Zheng (China); Göksen Fitik (Turkey); Zoe Wadoux (France); Florencia Chagas (Argentina); Aminata Sangare (Mali); Aaliyah Mckenzie Edwards (Canada)