The first-ever Ghana Basketball Awards is gathering steam with just 10 days before the big event takes place in Accra.
The race for honour and excellence will come to the fore as players and teams that have excelled will be honoured on the hugely-anticipated night.
One category that will be keenly contested for and likely to ignite passion is the Most Promising Player.
Three budding talents – Anthony Duodu, Daniel Owusu and Kwadwo Attafuah will vie for the most promising player of the year award.
Their impressive outings for their respective schools and communities earned them the nomination and rightly deserve to be short-listed due to their sublime performances in 2012.
It’s hard to overstate the impact Daniel Owusu had at the junior level. He was phenomenal with power, awed with his competitive fire and charmed with his extraordinary charisma as he ended the year with two titles: Central Regional Milo Junior Ball and Indomie Community Dunks crowns with Mfantsipim Basic School and Kawanopado respectively.
Owusu’s talent has never been in doubt since he bursted onto the scene few years ago, playing a leading role for Mfantsipim Basic as they coasted to victory in the Central Regional Milo Junior Ball.
He also had an efficient season for Kawanopado which won the 2012 Indomie Community Dunks title after an exciting run-in and could potentially clinch the award.
He entertained with his aerial exploits, impressed with amazing scoring rate and outmuscled on both sides of the court as Kawanopado won the Indomie Community Dunks. His individual brilliance as a Centre won him the MVP of the 2012 tournament.
Duodu is an exciting player as he dazzled for his community with great scoring ability.
His selection as the MVP of the Indomie Community Dunks places him in a situation which could win him the crown.
An ambitious Small forward, he showed leadership by example and athletic excellence as Akosombo International impressed at the 2012 Milo Junior Ball in Accra. Voted MVP in the Eastern Regional competition.
Despite the inability of Akosombo International to win the national title in the Milo Junior Ball, young Attafuah was exceptional and deserves to make the final short-list.
He could the dark horse, who could also win.
Ghana’s capital, will come alive on the 7th of June, 2013 where players, officials and teams and communities are expected to be rewarded for their achievements and work ethics.