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About NBA Academy Latin America

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and La Loma Centro Deportivo (La Loma), a world-class athletic facility renowned for hosting top athletes from around the world, announced a multiyear partnership that makes La Loma the official home of NBA Academy Latin America, an elite basketball training program for top prospects from throughout Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Canada.

La Loma’s state-of-the-art sports complex in San Luis Potosí features multiple basketball courts, a weight room, educational facilities, dining areas and housing that will be used by NBA Academy Latin America prospects and coaches beginning in January 2021.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with La Loma to continue developing the next generation of Latin American players and helping them reach their potential as players and leaders,” said Arnon de Mello, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, NBA Latin America. “La Loma’s premier sports complex will provide top prospects from across the region with the resources they need to develop on the court and in the classroom.”

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Coaching Staff

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.
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.
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 Colombia, 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.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA, Francisco is the full-time strength and conditioning coach for the NBA Academy Latin American in Mexico. He studied Sport Sciences at the University of Granada, Spain and graduated with a Masters Degree in 3 areas: Injury Prevention, Personal Training and Sport Physiology. With a focus in basketball, he has worked with developmental, female, youth and professional basketball such as Capitanes and Astros de Jalisco.
Performance Lifestyle Practitioner
Andrea Padron is the Performance Lifestyle Practitioner for the NBA Academy Latin America and a Sports Psychologist who studied at the Autonomous University of Madrid. She studied Psychology in Venezuela and graduated with a Master's Degree in Psychology of Physical Activity and Sport in Spain. She has worked with different sports disciplines including team and individual sports, always focusing on the mental health of the players she works with to achieve their best performance.
Athletic Trainer
Certified Athletic Trainer graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor degree in Athletic Training and Master Degree of Science with concentration in Sport Medicine. Makini holds certifications as a movement specialist and performance enhancement specialist with 8 years of experience working with various high-level sports. She has helped Division 1 athletes, professional dancers and elite Olympic athletes in preparation for 2021 Summer Olympic Games with Team China as a physiotherapist. Now, she has joined the NBA as the Physiotherapist / Athletic trainer for the Latin America Academy.

NBA Academy Latin America

Player Name Position Country of Origin Age Height
SANTIAGO CAMACHO g Mexico 17 6'4
JAIDEN COLE g/f Canada 6'4
WILGUENS JR. EXACTE g/f Canada 6'5
FREDRICK KING f Bahamas 6'10
YANIEL RIVERA g Puerto Rico 6'2
CHRIS TADJO f Ivory Coast / Canada 6'6