Pedro Paulo had never left Brazil before this week. But the 17-year-old couldn’t turn down the opportunity to train with coaches from the NBA; a league he hopes to one-day play in.

Paulo was one of 60 teenagers who participated in the 2014 Americas Team Camp, held at the Mattamy Athletic Centre earlier this week. NBA coaches and coaches from Canada’s national program were on hand to run drills and provide advice to the players.

“Everything is different for me because I’ve never travelled to other countries to play,” Paulo said. “But I try to join everything I can, work hard and one day get there.”

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