NBA Players Targeted By Jamaica

NBA players of Jamaican Heritage
Three the hard way?

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday January 11, 2013 - Jamaica is trying to recruit NBA players of Jamaican heritage to improve its chances of winning the the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Championship final-round qualifiers later this year.

The qualifiers run from August 30 to September 11 in Caracas, Venezuela, and the Jamaica Basketball Association (JABA) president Ajana Williams says it will begin talks with NBA players who have expressed interest in representing Jamaica.

Talks will be held with Ben Gordon, shooting guard with Charlotte Bobcats, Roy Hibbert, the center for the Indiana Pacers, and André Drummond of Detroit Pistons.

The qualifiers feature ten teams: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Venezuela, Paraguay and Jamaica - all battling for three spots to the world championships.

Jamaica, which is coached by former Charlotte, North Carolina, Bobcats head coach, Sam Vincent, will play a four-team warm-up tournament in Canada involving, Ukraine, Israel and Canada from August 9-12.

If the Jamaican team can secure the services of Gordon, a proven and reliable scorer, and Hibbert, one of the NBA's most dominant centers, in addition to Drummond, who many people see as an emergent premiere player in the NBA, the Jamaican team would be formidable.