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GARY HARRIS OF DENVER NUGGETS TO ADD STAR POWER TO NBA BASKETBALL CAMP IN HAIKOU

2018-07-10

[Haikou, China – 10 July 2018] NBA China has announced that Denver Nuggets star Gary Harris will make a special appearance at the NBA Basketball Camp at Mission Hills Haikou in Hainan, China on July 26 and 27.

Harris famously scored 36 points in the Nuggets’ 134-111 win over the Phoenix Suns in January this year, including 28 points in the first half.  The 23-year-old also played college basketball for Michigan State University and, as a sophomore in 2013–14, earned first-team All-Big Ten, All-Big Ten Defensive Team, USBWA All-District selection, first-team NABC All-District and an honorable mention Associated Press All-American honors. 

The second NBA Basketball Camp to be hosted at Mission Hills Haikou will run from July 24 to August 2, following the success of the inaugural four-day camp in January.  Juniors aged six to 18 will be trained on the fundamentals of the sport, learning the same skills and drills that are practiced by the top players of the game.   

The basketball camp at Mission Hills, the world’s largest fully-integrated resort, follows the announcement in 2017 that Mission Hills Group and NBA China have agreed a multiyear partnership to design, develop and operate China’s first NBA Basketball School as well as an NBA interactive experience and store on the international tourism island of Hainan. Five-time NBA Champion and 18-time NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant was in Haikou for the announcement.

The NBA Basketball School at Mission Hills Haikou will be open to male and female players, from junior level to professionals.  Work on the facility has already begun and will be completed in 2019.

The school will include six indoor courts and other state-of-the-art facilities.  NBA China will operate and staff the facility with NBA-trained coaches and provide the basketball development curriculum.  NBA players and legends will visit the school to provide additional instruction and help foster player development.

Opening later this year, the NBA interactive experience and store will be located at Mission Hills Centreville, a 240,000-square-meter shopping and entertainment complex located within the 22-square-kilometre Mission Hills Haikou resort.  The NBA interactive experience and store will be a multimedia exhibition and retail space celebrating the league’s history and providing fans with a broad assortment of merchandise for men, women and kids, including jerseys, fan apparel, basketballs and accessories.