By Ivan Saldajeno
MANILA--Two second-generation basketball players lead this year's Jr. NBA All-Stars after making the best impression from the National Training Camp over the weekend.
Kenji Duremdes, the son of former PBA star Kenneth, and Echo Laure, the son of MBA and PBA legend Eddie, made the list of eight male ballers who are named to the all-star team that was announced on Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall in Pasay.
Laure was part of the Makati Regional Selection Camp winners, while Duremdes was part of the Alaska Power Camp.
Metro Manila-based players actually dominated the male All-Stars as La Salle-Greenhills' Duremdes and UST's Laure are joined by the former's fellow Greenies Clement Macalalag and Victorino Torres and Escuela De Sophia's Johndel Austria, who was also among the top players from the Jr. NBA RSC in Makati.
The non-Metro Manila male All-Stars are Ian Espinosa from Iloilo, Reinhard Sumanoy from Cebu, and Jeryk Bait from Lucena.
Duremdes was later named the Jr. NBA MVP, while Laure received the Alaska Ambassador award.
On the other hand, five female players from the said regional camp led the list of the Jr. WNBA All-Stars.
Boni Solis, Jane Araza, Jeehan Ahmed, Jazmine Maniquis, Camille Nolasco, and Lindsey Nacional were named to the best female players from the three-day national camp a month after leading the way in the Metro Manila camp.
Chinnsai Demana from Cebu was the lone non-Metro Manila female baller in the all-star list.
Solis was named the Jr. WNBA MVP, while Nolasco took the Alaska Ambassadress and the CloudFone Player of the Game awards.
The said players will have an NBA experience like never before as they will join the other Southeast Asian Jr. NBA All-Stars in a Jr. NBA camp overseas and also get to see an NBA game live in flesh.
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