MANILA – Underscoring his status as one of the up-and-coming talents in Philippine basketball, Rence "Forthsky" Padrigao was named the MVP of the Basketball Without Borders Asia Camp in India over the weekend.
Padrigao was one of two Filipinos, along with Batang Gilas teammate Raven Cortez, to participate in the three-day event held at the NBA Academy India in Delhi NCR.
A total of 66 boys and girls from 16 countries took part in the camp, which is a joint project of the NBA and FIBA.
Padrigao is a standout for Batang Gilas, having played for the youth team in the 2017 SEABA Championships as well as the FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship recently.
"I have not only improved as a basketball player but also as an individual. The focus here was on your overall development at the personal and professional level, and I am glad to have won MVP at the end of all of it," Padrigao said in an interview with The Times of India after the event.
India's Sanjana Ramesh earned MVP honors in the girls' division.
The players were coached by Miami's Kelly Olynyk, Dallas' Dwight Powell, Oklahoma City's Corey Brewer, and Brooklyn's Cris LeVert, along with WNBA champion Ruth Riley and former WNBA player Ebony Hoffman.
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