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About The NBA Academy Zhejiang

The NBA and the Zhejiang Provincial Sports Vocational Technical Institute has partnered to launch The NBA Academy Zhejiang, an elite basketball training center in Hangzhou in the Zhejiang Province of China. The training center houses eighty male and eighty female student-athletes aged 14-18.

The NBA’s partnership with the Zhejiang Provincial Sports Vocational Technical Institute builds on the NBA’s existing basketball and youth development initiatives in China. In November 2015, NBA China, the Beijing Municipal Education Commission and the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Sports announced the launch of the first Jr. NBA Basketball League in China. In October 2014, the NBA and the Ministry of Education of China announced a comprehensive multiyear partnership to incorporate a fitness and basketball development curriculum in elementary, middle and high schools across China. In February 2014, NBA China and Yao Ming launched the first ever after-school basketball program in Beijing, providing basketball training and fitness programs for boys and girls at all skill levels. In November 2011, NBA China and Dongguan New Century launched the CBA Dongguan Basketball School for players ages 12-17.

“Basketball is very popular in Zhejiang. The first Chinese professional basketball team in the 1990s was based in Zhejiang, and our team was the first Chinese regional team that imported foreign players. This partnership builds on our strong foundation of player development. We will work closely with the NBA to grow youth basketball, and we are excited to enter into a new chapter in the world of basketball.”
-Zhang Yadong, Zhejiang Provincial Sports Vocational Technical Institute Principal

Coaching Staff

Player Development Coach
Coach Obie Nwadike joins the NBA Academy Zhejiang staff after several years as an assistant coaching at Wagner College and Central Connecticut State University. Before coaching, Coach Nwadike had a stellar four-year career as a player at Central Connecticut State before going on to play professionally in Spain and Luxembourg.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Coach Kyle Moschkin is an accredited and certified strength and conditioning coach. He received his masters of science in exercise physiology from the University of North Colorado, and started his professional career on the Washington Wizards strength and conditioning staff.
Technical Advisor
Coach Alex English is an 8-time NBA All-Star, 3-time All-NBA Second Team member, and the 1983 NBA scoring champion. This 1997 Basketball Hall of Fame inductee has served in player development and assistant coaching roles with the Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings.
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.
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.