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About The NBA Global Academy

The NBA and Basketball Australia (BA) have launched The NBA Global Academy, an elite basketball training center at BA’s Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra. The NBA Global Academy will serve as the NBA’s global hub for top international male and female prospects from around the world. Up to twelve elite student-athletes attend The NBA Global Academy each year. They train under the supervision of NBA-trained coaches and in collaboration with BA’s internationally recognized coaches and Centre of Excellence teams.

The AIS campus is home to world-class, elite high-performance facilities and leading sports practitioners in the fields of sports science, sports medicine and coaching. AIS is a world leader in high performance and is the flagship of the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Government’s sports agency. The NBA Global Academy student-athletes attend a local private school with all other AIS athletes.

BA’s Centre of Excellence has produced many current and former NBA players, including Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum, Joe Ingles, Luc Longley , and Patty Mills.

“Basketball Australia is delighted to partner in this venture, which will enable our world-class coaches and athletes to share their knowledge with the NBA, our Centre of Excellence has an incredible track record of producing athletes who can compete on the international stage. We are honoured to be hosting NBA Global Academy and helping to develop the promising young talent from around the world.”
-Anthony Moore, Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer

"NBA Global Academy, the league’s sixth international elite training center, will provide scholarships and training for the top international prospects. Basketball Australia’s internationally recognized coaches have successfully developed top prospects for many decades. We’re looking forward to working with BA on this initiative and to conducting the first NBA Academy Games."
-Brooks Meek, NBA Vice President, International Basketball Operations

Coaching Staff

Technical Director
Coach Tom Bialaszewski has ten years of experience coaching at the highest level of basketball, spending time on the coaching staffs of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Hornets, and most recently as an assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Player Development Coach
Coach Nico Loureiro has an extensive background in international basketball. He has coached within the Jr. NBA program in Kolkata, India, the NBA Yao Basketball Club in Beijing, China and at the professional levels in Canada, Mexico and Ecuador. In 2016, Nico was named the youngest head coach in the history of Mexico’s Professional Basketball League. He was an assistant coach for Canada’s Deaf Senior National Team who competed at the 2012 Deaf Pan-American Games in Brazil. Throughout his playing and coaching career, Nico has been a member of six national championship teams, including four in Canada, one in Ecuador and one in Mexico, as well as one World Championship. He has done international camps, tours, and solidarity projects in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Argentina and Italy.
Global Technical Director, Women's Program
Coach Jennifer Azzi oversees all regions of The NBA Academy Women’s initiative. A former WNBA player (1999-2004), USA National Team Player (1988-2000), two-time NCAA All-American and Olympic Gold Medalist (1996), Jennifer has an abundance of basketball experience on the court and as a coach on the sidelines. The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (2009) led the University of San Francisco women’s basketball program from 2010-2016.
Player Development Coach
Robbie brings a wealth of player development experience to his role with NBA Global Academy, both at a collegiate level and with elite junior programs in Australia. A 5-year assistant coach to Dip Metress at Augusta State University (NCAA D2), Robbie played a key role as the Jaguars established themselves as a perennial power, progressing to four Sweet Sixteens, three Elite Eights and two Final Fours in his time at the university. On returning to his native Australia, he coached professionally with the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League (NBL). Robbie has also led elite youth development programs in Sydney, as well as serving as an assistant coach with the Australian Under-17 Men’s National Team that claimed a gold medal in the 2017 FIBA Oceania Championships in Guam. A two-year starter at Belmont Abbey College, Robbie has a Masters in Physical Education.
Global Technical Director, Women's Program
Coach Blair Hardiek oversees all regions of The NBA Academies Women’s initiative. A former point guard and captain for the University of Missouri women’s basketball team, Blair served as the associate head coach at the University of San Francisco and helped lead the team to a West Coast Conference Championship in 2016. Blair’s playing and coaching experience will drive the scouting and talent development initiatives of The NBA Academy Women’s Program.

Current Roster

Player Name Position Country of Origin Age Height
FRANCISCO CAFFARO f/c Argentina 17 7’0''
HUNTER CLARKE g/f Australia 16 6'5
FRANCISCO FARABELLO g Argentina 17 6'2
ANYANG GARANG g/f Uganda/Australia 17 6'8
WANI SWAKA LO BULUK g Australia 16 6’5
AASHAY VERMA f/c India 18 7’1
TAMURI WIGNESS g Australia 15 5’11