Hofstra University freshman guard Eliel Gonzalez has been selected as a participant in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Americas 2013, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) global basketball development and social responsibility program, it was announced recently.
The very select group of players, chosen by FIBA, the NBA and participating basketball federations, based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport, will participate in the event from July 25 – 28 at CENARD in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Gonzalez, who hails from Cayey, Puerto Rico, attended Florida Air Academy in Melbourne, FL. Gonzalez was named to the 2012-13 All-Space Coast first team and was selected to play in the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic International game.
Gonzalez averaged 11.6 points, 8.1 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Falcons in 2012-13. He was named second team all-state and in the Florida Prep statistical rankings, he ranked first with his 8.1 assists per game. Gonzalez also ranked 17th in scoring and 18th in rebounding.
Gonzalez, a 6-3 guard, played for the Puerto Rico National U16 Team in 2011. In five games played, he averaged 11 points and four assists per game.
The campers will train under NBA players and coaches, and will participate in daily life-skills seminars on values such as leadership, character development, and living a healthy lifestyle.
Carlos Delfino (free agent, 12-13 season with Houston Rockets), Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs), Walter Hermann, Fabricio Oberto, Pablo Prigioni (New York Knicks), Pepe Sanchez, and Luis Scola (Phoenix Suns) will join fellow NBA players Chris Copeland (Indiana Pacers) and James Anderson (free agent, 12-13 season with Houston Rockets) as mentors for the campers. NBA coaches attending BWB Americas include Kenny Atkinson (Atlanta Hawks), James Borrego (Orlando Magic), Kaleb Canales (Dallas Mavericks), and Ime Udoka (San Antonio Spurs). Gersson Rosas of the Houston Rockets returns as the BWB Americas Camp Director.
In addition to on-court instruction, the NBA players and coaches will participate in extensive community outreach through NBA Cares, the league’s global social responsibility initiative. Events will tip off with a basketball clinic for 50 Special Olympics athletes at CENARD followed by a BWB Girls Clinic for 40 local female basketball players. Highlighting the camp will be an afternoon of hands-on service alongside community volunteers in partnership with TECHO, a nonprofit that constructs transitional houses and provides social inclusion programs for families living in extreme poverty conditions.