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First National Basketball Association (NBA) Academy Showcase Africa to be held April 6-9 in Senegal.

NBA Africa today announced the 71 high-school-age prospects from 26 countries who will participate in the first NBA Academy Showcase Africa at NBA Academy Africa in Saly, Senegal.

Inaugural Showcase Will Feature 71 High-School-Age Prospects from 26 Countries Representing NBA (www.NBA.com) Academy Africa, NBA Academy Latin America, SEED Academy and Mountain Stars Basketball Club Competing at NBA Academy Africa in Saly, Senegal.

NBA Africa today announced the 71 high-school-age prospects from 26 countries who will participate in the first NBA Academy Showcase Africa at NBA Academy Africa in Saly, Senegal from Thursday, April 6 – Sunday, April 9.

NBA Academy Showcase Africa will feature a series of exhibition games between six teams from around the world, including three teams comprised of prospects from NBA Academy Africa, as well as teams representing NBA Academy Latin America (located in San Luis Potosi, Mexico), Mountain Stars Basketball Club (located in Salt Lake City, Utah), and Sports for Education and Economic Development (SEED) Academy (located in Thies, Senegal).  The showcase will provide an opportunity for the prospects to compete with and against each other and showcase their skills in front of NCAA coaches and NBA scouts.

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Additionally, the prospects will participate in activities to promote cultural exchange and life skills development, including visiting UNESCO World Heritage site Gorée Island.

“The first-ever NBA Academy Showcase Africa will provide impactful development opportunities and exposure to promising young prospects, while demonstrating Africa’s capacity to host best-in-class basketball development events here on the continent,” said NBA Africa Head of Basketball Operations Franck Traore.  “We look forward to welcoming teams and stakeholders from around the world and helping the next generation of players showcase their potential in a competitive and fun environment.”

Twelve NBA Academy Africa prospects who will participate in the upcoming showcase are competing in the 2023 Basketball Africa League (BAL) (https://apo-opa.info/3l3EZIf) season as part of the BAL Elevate program (https://apo-opa.info/3JAQhNO).

NBA Academy is a year-round elite basketball development program that provides top high-school-age athletes from outside the U.S. with a holistic approach to player development and a predictable pathway to maximize their potential.  The NBA Academy program includes four academies across Australia (NBA Global Academy), India (NBA Academy India), Mexico (NBA Academy Latin America) and Senegal (NBA Academy Africa) for top prospects from their respective countries and continents.  In 2018, NBA Academy Africa opened a new facility in Saly, Senegal, which features two indoor basketball courts, a multipurpose activity center, a weight room, conference rooms, dormitories and educational facilities.  Since NBA Academy Africa opened in 2017, 29 male and female participants have committed to NCAA Division I schools in the U.S. or signed professional contracts.

Fans can follow the showcase on Facebook (https://apo-opa.info/3FUGnEc), Instagram (https://apo-opa.info/3m7Augi) and Twitter (https://apo-opa.info/3zev2uY).

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Team Rosters

NBA Academy Africa – Red

#
 
PLAYERS
 
YEAR
 
HEIGHT
 
POSITION
 
HOMETOWN
 
2
 
Seifelden Hendawy
 
2024
 
6’7
 
SF
 
Cairo, Egypt
 
4
 
Manie Joses
 
2024
 
6’5
 
SG
 
London, England
 
5
 
Parby Musongela
 
2024
 
6’5
 
G
 
Kinshasa, DRC
 
7
 
Khadim Rassoul Mboup
 
2024
 
6’9
 
F
 
Dakar, Senegal
 
9
 
Dramane Camara
 
2023
 
6’5
 
PG
 
Paris, France
 
10
 
Modou Fall Thiam
 
2025
 
6’5
 
G
 
Dakar, Senegal
 
11
 
Liberty Fusire
 
2025
 
6’9
 
F
 
Harare, Zimbabwe
 
14
 
Ulrich Kamka Chomche
 
2024
 
6’11
 
F
 
Baham, Cameroon
 
15
 
Gaetan Teumgue Wafo
 
2025
 
6’11
 
PF
 
Douala, Cameroon
 
17
 
Khaman Maluach
 
2025
 
7’1
 
F
 
Juba, South Sudan
 
19
 
Rueben Chinyelu
 
2023
 
6’10
 
F
 
Lagos, Nigeria
 
26
 
Paulino Mangar Majok
 
2026
 
7’0
 
F
 
Juba, South Sudan
 

NBA Academy Africa – Blue

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#
 
PLAYERS
 
YEAR
 
HEIGHT
 
POSITION
 
HOMETOWN
 
1
 
Aginaldo Neto
 
2025
 
6’1
 
PG
 
Luanda, Angola
 
3
 
Joy Ighovodja
 
2023
 
6’4
 
PG
 
Abeokuta, Nigeria
 
4
 
Segun Ezekiel Obe
 
2024
 
6’8
 
F
 
Lagos, Nigeria
 
5
 
Akira Jacobs
 
2023
 
6’7
 
SF
 
Yokohama, Japan
 
6
 
Amar Amkou Diop
 
2024
 
6’6
 
PG
 
Thies, Senegal
 
9
 
Daniel Akoue
 
2024
 
6’9
 
G
 
Libreville, Gabon
 
11
 
Mabilmawut Mabil
 
2025
 
6’9
 
F
 
Juba, South Sudan
 
12
 
Paul Mbiya
 
2024
 
6’11
 
F/C
 
Kinshasa, DRC
 
13
 
Mahamat Tahir
 
2025
 
6’9
 
F
 
N’Djamena, Chad
 
14
 
David Ugonna Ike
 
2026
 
6’11
 
PF
 
Owerri, Nigeria
 
23
 
Churchill Abass
 
2023
 
6’8
 
F
 
Edo State, Nigeria
 

NBA Academy Africa – White

#
 
PLAYERS
 
YEAR
 
HEIGHT
 
POSITION
 
HOMETOWN
 
2
 
Marwan Diallo
 
2022
 
6’0
 
G
 
Bamako, Mali
 
4
 
Assane Mandian
 
2025
 
6’5
 
PG
 
Saly, Senegal
 
9
 
Joel Kabugi
 
2026
 
6’3
 
G
 
Goma, DRC
 
7
 
Hamad Mousa
 
2023
 
6’6
 
SG
 
Doha, Qatar
 
10
 
Manuel Camboma
 
2025
 
6’8
 
G
 
Luanda, Angola
 
11
 
Ali Assran
 
2025
 
6’7
 
F
 
Cairo, Egypt
 
13
 
Matar Wade
 
2024
 
6’8
 
G
 
Dakar, Senegal
 
15
 
Yakhya Diop
 
2025
 
6’11
 
F/C
 
Dakar, Senegal
 
16
 
Solomon Ominu
 
2023
 
6’7
 
F
 
Kaduna, Nigeria
 
23
 
Cheick Diaby
 
2025
 
7’0
 
F
 
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
 
25
 
Matong Muorwel
 
2026
 
7’1
 
F/C
 
Tonj, South Sudan
 

NBA Academy Latin America

#
 
PLAYERS
 
YEAR
 
HEIGHT
 
POSITION
 
HOMETOWN
 
4
 
Yaniel Rivera
 
2023
 
6’3
 
G
 
San Juan, Puerto Rico
 
6
 
Samis Calderon
 
2024
 
6’7
 
SF
 
Espirito Santo, Brazil
 
7
 
Guzman Vasilic
 
2023
 
6’5
 
SF
 
Maldonado, Uruguay
 
8
 
Eduardo Klafke
 
2024
 
6’5
 
SG
 
Franca, Brazil
 
10
 
Santiago Ochoa
 
2023
 
6’3
 
PG
 
Culiacan, Mexico
 
11
 
Breno Campos
 
2022
 
6’6
 
PF
 
Sao Paulo, Brazil
 
13
 
Richard Udoagwa
 
2024
 
6’7
 
SF
 
Sao Paulo, Brazil
 
14
 
Chris Tadjo
 
2024
 
6’8
 
PF
 
Montreal, Canada
 
16
 
Luis Diaz
 
2023
 
6’6
 
SF
 
Santo Domingo, Dom. Rep.
 
19
 
Gabriel Ferreira
 
2025
 
6’9
 
C
 
Recife, Brazil
 
21
 
Jonathan Griman
 
2022
 
6’8
 
PF
 
Caracas, Venezuela
 
22
 
Steven Lionel Aboky
 
2023
 
6’10
 
C
 
Lome, Togo
 
23
 
Joshua Hughes
 
2023
 
6’10
 
PF/C
 
Brisbane, Australia
 

SEED Academy

#
 
PLAYERS
 
YEAR
 
HEIGHT
 
POSITION
 
HOMETOWN
 
1
 
Gallo Mbengue
 
2023
 
6’2
 
G
 
Thies, Senegal
 
2
 
Mbaye Ndiaye
 
2022
 
6’5
 
G
 
Thies, Senegal
 
4
 
Pape Magatte Kounta
 
2023
 
6’4
 
G
 
Thies, Senegal
 
5
 
Waly Diouf
 
2023
 
6’0
 
PG
 
Dakar, Senegal
 
7
 
Abdou Khadre Kebe
 
2023
 
6’5
 
G
 
Dakar, Senegal
 
9
 
Mouhameth Camara
 
2025
 
6’7
 
G
 
Guerro, Senegal
 
10
 
Khadim Mbacke
 
2025
 
6’1
 
G
 
Rufisque, Senegal
 
15
 
Mouhamet Bitey
 
2025
 
6’4
 
G
 
Dakar, Senegal
 
20
 
Pape Demba Thialaw
 
2025
 
6’9
 
F
 
Thies, Senegal
 
22
 
Omar Diack
 
2025
 
6’7
 
F
 
Mbour, Senegal
 
27
 
Mouamet Sylla
 
2025
 
6’8
 
F
 
Louga, Senegal
 
28
 
Amadou A. Diop
 
2022
 
6’4
 
G
 
Thies, Senegal
 

Mountain Stars Basketball Club

#
 
PLAYERS
 
YEAR
 
HEIGHT
 
POSITION
 
HOMETOWN
 
1
 
LaDavian King
 
2025
 
6’1
 
PG
 
Aurora, CO, USA
 
3
 
Hunter Schenck
 
2024
 
6’3
 
PG
 
Eden, UT, USA
 
5
 
Damian Dirden
 
2025
 
6’4
 
PG
 
Denver, CO, USA
 
11
 
Andrew Miller
 
2025
 
6’3
 
PG
 
Las Vegas, NV, USA
 
12
 
Dutch Dowdell
 
2024
 
6’6
 
SG
 
Holliday, UT, USA
 
15
 
Cam Adams
 
2026
 
6’5
 
SF
 
Alpine UT, USA
 
23
 
Hunter Marc Hansen
 
2024
 
6’4
 
SG
 
Farr West, UT, USA
 
35
 
Garrett Duke Barger
 
2025
 
6’8
 
PF
 
Aurora, CO, USA
 
42
 
Wyatt Turner
 
2024
 
6’9
 
PF/C
 
Canon City, CO, USA
 
43
 
Carson McDonald
 
2024
 
6’8
 
F
 
Denver, CO, USA
 
44
 
Mason Howell
 
2025
 
6’9
 
PF/C
 
Albuquerque, NM, USA
 
 Caden Stevens
 
2023
 
6’9
 
PF/C
 
Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
 

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of National Basketball Association (NBA).
Contact:
Chumani Bambani,
NBA Africa Communications,
+27 65 548 1031,
[email protected]

About NBA Academy:
NBA Academy is a year-round elite basketball development program that provides top high school-age athletes from outside the U.S. with a holistic approach to player development and a predictable pathway to maximize their potential.  The program emphasizes health and wellness, character development and life skills, and gives athletes the opportunity to learn the game from coaches with professional, collegiate and international coaching experience.  Since 2017, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Greater Noida, India; San Luis Potosí, Mexico; and Saly, Senegal for top prospects from their respective countries and continents.  In March 2018, the NBA launched the NBA Academy Women’s Program, a series of basketball development camps for top female prospects from outside the U.S at the league’s academies.  To date, more than 100 NBA Academy participants have committed to or gone on to attend NCAA Division I schools in the U.S., and 18 have played, are playing or have signed to play professionally.  Find out more about the NBA Academy program at NBAAcademy.NBA.com, on Twitter (https://apo-opa.info/3Mr0T3k) and on Instagram (https://apo-opa.info/3zzuyA4).

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