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About NBA Academy Latin America

NBA Academy Latin America is an elite basketball training center in Mexico City for the top male and female prospects from throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Canada and South America. The academy is a partnership between the NBA, CONADE (Mexico’s National Commission for Physical Culture and Sport) and the Mexican Basketball Federation (Asociacion Deportiva Mexicana de Baloncesto, A.C).

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Coaching Staff

WALTER ROESE
Technical Director
As the technical director of NBA Academy Latin America, Walter Roese oversees all aspects of player development and coaching for top high school-age prospects from across the region. Prior to joining NBA Academy Latin America, Roese coached at several NCAA Division I colleges, including the University of Hawaii, University of Nebraska, University of San Diego and Brigham Young University. He also spent time as an international scout for the Utah Jazz. Roese, who is from Brazil, was the head coach of the Brazil Men’s National Team for three World University Games as well as South America and Copa America U19 tournaments. Roese also coached at several high-profile international basketball development events including Adidas Nations and The EuroLeague Basketball Adidas Next Generation. As a student-athlete, Roese played for the University of Houston, West Texas A&M University and Brigham Young University-Hawaii, where he graduated cum laude. He went on to play professionally in Brazil and for the Brazil National Team. Roese holds an MBA from BYU and speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish.
LORENA INFANTES
Player Development Coach
As a player development coach at NBA Academy Latin America, Lorena Infantes supports the day-to-day player development and coaching of top high school-age players from across the region. Infantes has extensive coaching experience, including serving as the head coach of the Chile U17 Women's National Team and the Chile Wheelchair Basketball National Team. In 2019, Infantes coached the San Antonio Spurs Summer League team, becoming the first female Hispanic coach to be part of an NBA coaching staffing. In addition to her coaching experience, she is also a certified personal trainer. Infantes played several years of professional basketball in Europe.
HERNAN OLAYA
Player Development Coach
As a player development coach for NBA Academy Latin America, Hernan Olaya supports the day-to-day development and coaching of top high school-age players from across the region. Prior to joining NBA Academy Latin America, Olaya served as the director of sports performance at Pursuit Athletics Center in Toronto, Canada. He also worked for Advance Scouting International where he oversaw the organization’s basketball scouting efforts in Latin America. Olaya, who played professionally in his home country of Columbia, began his coaching career with various grassroots organizations and semi-professional teams across Canada. Olaya is also a certified personal trainer and holds a USA Basketball Gold License and NCCP (Canada) certificate as a level 3 coach.

NBA Academy Latin America

Player Name Position Country of Origin Age Height
SANTIAGO CAMACHO g Mexico 16 6'4
AUGUSTO CRUZ DE OLIVEIRA g/f Brazil 18 6'5
JOAO VICTOR DAS CHAGAS f Brazil 17 6'10
BENJAMIN EDGARDO HERRERA g Chile 17 6'3
KEIVER EDUARDO MARCANO f Venezuela 17 6'6
TREY-VAUGHN MINOTT f/c Canada 19 6'10
OKAFOR NDONWAWANNE f Ireland 17
RODOLFO RUFINO BOLIS f Brazil 17 6'6
PEDRO HENRIQUE RUFINO COELHO f Brazil 17 6'6