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Mavericks’ Barnes, Powell featured in NBA global outreach programs

Harrison Barnes will play in the NBA Africa Game 2018 while Dwight Powell participated in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program in India.

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This summer, Harrison Barnes will participate in the NBA Africa Game 2018. In May, the NBA and NBPA announced that it was returning to the continent to host its third game there. The game will take place on August 4 at Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria, South Africa.

Like last year, the game will feature a Team Africa vs. Team World format. Barnes will suit up for Team World.

Team Africa will include Joel Embiid, Al-Farouq Aminu, Bismack Biyombo, Cheick Diallo , Evan Fournier, Serge Ibaka, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, and Pascal Siakam.

Joining Barnes on Team World are DeMar DeRozan, Danilo Gallinari, Rudy Gay, Khris Middleton, and Hassan Whiteside. Gallinari is the only non-U.S. player on Team World at this point. Full rosters will be released at a later date.

Last summer, both Dirk Nowtizki and Salah Mejri participated in the NBA Africa Game 2017 with Nowitzki captaining Team World and Mejri playing for Team Africa.

Barnes isn’t the only Maverick representing the NBA overseas. Dwight Powell participated in Basketball Without Borders Asia in India at The NBA Academy India in Delhi National Capital Region. This is the second time that the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program was held in India. The event took place from May 30-June 2.

Powell was joined by superstar Corey Brewer, Caris LeVert, Kelly Olynyk, two-time WNBA Champion Ruth Riley, and former WNBA player Ebony Hoffman.

Casey Smith, the Mavericks head athletic trainer, served as the camp’s athletic trainer.

Since 2001, Basketball Without Borders has reached more than 3,190 participants from 127 countries and territories. Of those participants, more than 50 have either been drafted or signed as free agents by NBA teams. This season, 24 former participants were on opening-night rosters, an league record.