In addition to representing the Portland Trail Blazers’ in NBA Africa Game 2017, the second exhibition matchup sponsored by the NBA in Johannesburg, South Africa, McCollum will also help lead the Basketball Without Borders camp.
The 15th edition of BWB is set for Aug. 2-5 in at the American International School of Johannesburg. The invitation only camp features the top 80 boys and girls ages 17 and under from 26 African countries.
McCollum is one of 23 current NBA players to help with the camp, which includes skill work, shooting drills and competition and 5-on-5 scrimmaging over four days. The camp also includes off-court seminars “focusing on health, leadership and communication.”
BWB will have staged 50 camps in 26 countries by the end of 2017. This year’s schedule already featured an inaugural BWB Americas camp in the Bahamas during the first week of July and will continue with BWB Europe 2017 in Israel on Aug. 13-16.
Following the conclusion of the BWB camp, McCollum and the rest of the NBA players will take part in the NBA Africa Game 2017 on Aug. 5. McCollum will play on Team World, which also will include DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Lowry, Kristaps Porzingis and captains Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker, among others. They will face a team comprised of NBA players who are first-and second-generation Africans, including Luol Deng, Thabo Sefolosha, Serge Ibaka and Victor Oladipo.
McCollum is not the only Blazer to participate in Basketball Without Borders events. Meyers Leonard coached at the BWB Global Camp in New Orleans in February and Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool worked at the BWB Americas camp in Bahamas in July. Al-Farouq Aminu played on Team Africa in the inaugural NBA Africa Game in 2015.