by Jerome Galunan Jr.
Bacolod City’s Daniel Anthony Coo, 13 years old and a mainstay of St. John’s Institute (SJI), became part of the final selection of the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Stars after the three-day boot camp held April 24-26 at the PICC ground and Mall of Asia.
Coo, of Bacolod Regional Selection Camp, will join14 others who will embark on a unique overseas NBA experience together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia.
Other young cagers picked for the Jr. NBA All-Stars were Joshua Garing of Biñan Regional Selection Camp, Christian Allen Magno of Baguio Regional Selection Camp, Jeffy Mailim of Davao Regional Selection Camp, Ernest John Felicida and Adrian Custodio of Manila Regional Selection Camp, and Alaska Power Camp’s Robert Alomar Castro, Luis Sebastian Locsin, Miguel Luigi Santos and Lloyd Raphael Oliva.
On the other hand, included in the Jr. WNBA All-Stars were Luisa Krizelle San Juan of Biñan Regional Selection Camp, Heart Pagara of Alaska Power Camp, and Manila Regional Selection Camp’s Micaela Denise Pentecostes, Nelia Jean Davidand Kyla Flores.
For Coo’s father, Dennis, his son’s years of practice, sacrifices and hardwork paid off, and led tohisinclusion in theJr. NBA All-StarsTop 10.
“I am very happy. I hope this will motivate him to train harder,” said the elder Coo, who is also SJI’s Sports Director.
Other selected camp players from Bacolod were SJI’s Andrei Lechoncito, Nicholas Steven Pura and Kurt Coloso; Bacolod Tay Tung High School’s Ralph Allen Cagalawan, K Christian Perigua, Kent Dentin Esperagazo, John Dexter Gigantanaand Andy John Villamer; and Samareño Kurt Jan Aparri of Christ the King College for the boys’ division. For the girls’category, included were Karla Sheen Cotejo and Dyna Sicil Nieves of University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, Luisa Martina de la PazofUniversity of St. La Salle, and Rodnie Mae Hodilena of Luis Hervias National High School.
Highlighted in the three-day national training camp were advanced basketball drills, skills challenges, workouts and the Jr. NBA core values of sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude and respect (S.T.A.R.).
Philadelphia 76er Nerlens Noel, who is in the running for Rookie of the Year for the 2014-2015 season; and Ruth Riley, two-time champion and WNBA legend, were among the guests during the weekend event.