The 2019 Jr. NBA draft is officially complete!
September 28, 2019
There was big excitement at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght today as the second annual Jr. NBA draft was held.
The draft marked the beginning of the Jr. NBA Basketball Ireland League, which will run from October to December 2019, culminating in a festival of basketball at the National Arena on December 10th, where an NBA Ambassador will be in attendance.
For the second year in a row DeCare Dental are sponsoring the league and speaking on the day, Managing Director Maureen Walsh stated: “DeCare is absolutely thrilled to partner with Basketball Ireland and the Jr. NBA once more. We look forward to supporting these young athletes throughout their sporting journey as they build teams and develop lifelong values and character. The NBA has nurtured some of the world’s top athletes and role models, and this alliance will undoubtedly excite and inspire the children."
The Jr. NBA Basketball Ireland league features 14 Irish clubs who have partnered with local primary schools in their area to create the 30 teams. Today’s draft saw the 30 teams from around the country matched with an NBA team as well as receiving corresponding NBA team-branded uniforms for their games.
Head of Development at Basketball Ireland, Ciaran O’Sullivan stated: "We're really excited to build on the success of last year’s Jr NBA league. 95% of the children surveyed last year wanted to continue basketball and we are hoping this year’s Jr NBA will be just as successful."The Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball program for boys and girls, teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents. Leveraging the excitement of the NBA, the league will also promote the Jr. NBA values of teamwork, respect, determination, and community through the upcoming Jr. NBA draft, competitive league play, finals events and Jr. NBA youth clinics.
Jr. NBA Basketball Ireland League 2019
Belfast Phoenix (Antrim)
Moira Primary School – Indiana Pacers
St Anne’s Primary School – LA Clippers
St Teresa’s Primary School – Washington Wizards
Drogheda Wolves (Louth)
Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa – San Antonio Spurs
St Paul’s National School – LA Lakers
Tullyallen National School – Sacramento Kings
Kilrush Basketball Club (Clare)
St Senans Primary School – Portland Trail Blazers
Scoil Realt na Mara Kilkee – Charlotte Hornets
Gaelscoil Uí Choimín Kilrush – Minnesota Timberwolves
Limerick Lions (Limerick)
CBS Primary School Sexton Street – OKC Thunder
Maria King Presentation Primary School – Phoenix Suns
Malahide Basketball Club (Dublin)
Pope John Paul II National School – Miami Heat
St Oliver Plunketts National School – Orlando Magic
Maree National School – Milwaukee Bucks
St. Oliver Plunketts National School Kilkerrin – Philadelphia 76ers
Scoil Mhuire Oranmore – New York Knicks
Scoil Bhaile Nua and Scoil Naomh Cholmain, Moycullen – New Orleans Pelicans
Scoil Mhuire & Scoil Naomh Bride, Moycullen – Brooklyn Nets
North Kildare (Kildare)
Maynooth Educate Together – Chicago Bulls
Scoil Mochua, Cellbridge – Atlanta Hawks
Portlaoise Panthers (Laois)
Holy Family School – Golden State Warriors
Scoil Bhride Portlaoise – Denver Nuggets
Skibbereen Eagles (Cork)
St Patrick’s National School Skibbereen – Memphis Grizzlies
West Cork Rath, Union Hall, Castlehaven & Drimolegue National Schools (combination) – Detroit Pistons
St Joseph’s National School Skibbereen – Utah Jazz
UCD Marian and Meteors (Dublin)
St Attractas, Ballinteer – Houston Rockets
Hollypark Boys National School and Scoil San Treasa – Toronto Raptors
Scoil Naithí, Ballinteer – Dallas Mavericks
UL Huskies and Limerick Lakers (Limerick)
St. Brigid's National School, Singland – Cleveland Cavaliers
Castleconnell NS, Castleconnell, Limerick – Boston Celtics
Find out more about Jr. NBA Basketball:
For more information on the Jr. NBA Basketball Ireland League, please visit http://jr.nba.com/.
For more information about the NBA, fans can visit NBA.com, Facebook.com/NBA and @NBA on Twitter.
Fans can download the NBA App for news, updates, scores, stats, schedules, videos and more.
Find out more about DeCare Dental:
DeCare Dental is Ireland’s only specialist dental insurance and oral health company, providing dental insurance products and oral health services to both the corporate and consumer markets. The team is dedicated to enabling people to attend the dentist thereby improving oral and general health and this has resulted in resulted in increased dental attendance and improved oral health over the past number of years in Ireland and the United States.
DeCare has operations in Claremorris, County Mayo and in Dublin, employing over 125 staff with deep experience and clinical knowledge. DeCare is a subsidiary of Anthem, the largest health benefits provider in the United States and a brand that is recognised for innovation and service and provides service to 50 million medical members.
Globally, the Irish team provides service to over 10 million dental members worldwide and has been doing so for close to 20 years.