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About NBA Academy Latin America

The NBA, CONADE (Mexico’s National Commission for Physical Culture and Sport) and the Mexican Basketball Federation (Asociacion Deportiva Mexicana de Baloncesto, A.C) have partnered to launch The NBA Academy Latin America, an elite basketball training center in Mexico City for the top male and female prospects from throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. The NBA Academy Latin America will employ a holistic, 360-degree approach to player development with focuses on education, leadership, character development and life skills.

The NBA Academy Latin America builds on the NBA’s basketball development initiatives in Mexico, including the Jr. NBA, Basketball without Borders, NBA 3X, and the Americas Team Camp. The launch also follows the launch of academies in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), India; and Thies, Senegal. The initiative exposes elite prospects to NBA-level coaching, facilities and competition and provides a global framework for them to maximize their success.

“Basketball continues to flourish across Latin America and this new NBA Academy in Mexico City will be the one place where elite youth can train and compete together. We look forward to developing top Latin American players in a structured and meaningful way in partnership with CONADE and the Mexican Basketball Federation.”
-Adam Silver, NBA Commissioner

“CONADE’s commitment is to boost athlete development to its maximum potential and enhance their talent and education by providing them with high-performance training, innovative methodology and the latest sports technology and science.”
-Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, CONADE Principal Director

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Coaching Staff

WALTER ROESE
Technical Director
Coach Walter Roese has extensive college and international basketball experience. A former college player and graduate of BYU-Hawaii, Walter played professionally in South America and Europe, and also participated on the Brazilian National Team. After his playing career, Walt coached on the staffs at Hawaii, Nebraska, the University of San Diego and BYU. In addition to some professional coaching experience, Walter most recently served as an international consultant for the Utah Jazz.
LORENA INFANTES
Player Development Coach
Coach Lorena Infante has extensive Head coach at the university and professional club level in Chile and Spain, most notably serving as the head coach of the U17 Chilean Women’s National Team and the Chilean Wheelchair National Basketball Team. In addition to her coaching experience, Lorena is a certified personal trainer. Her first language is Spanish, and is conversational in both English and Italian.
HERNAN OLAYA
Player Development Coach
Coach Hernan Olaya brings a wealth of player development and scouting knowledge to The NBA Academy Latin America. He led the development efforts at the Pursuit Athletics High Performance Center in Toronto and the scouting efforts for Latin America for Advance Scouting International. He has conducting youth development and coaching clinics all over the world, including Colombia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, China and Italy. Hernan is also a certified personal trainer.

NBA Academy Latin America

Player Name Position Country of Origin Age Height
JEAN CLAUDIO MONTERO BERROA g Dominican Republic 15 6'0
RODOLFO RUFINO BOLIS f Brazil 15 6'6
PEDRO HENRIQUE RUFINO COELHO f Brazil 15 6'6
SANTIAGO VESCOVI VANNET g Uruguay 16 6'1