African basketball power houses Mali and Angola dominate call ups to this year’s Basketball Without Borders Camp set to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana during the NBA All-Star Game next week. No player from Ghana was called up.
Mali leads the way with four call ups with three boys and one girl. Angola has three players, Senegal has two and the likes of Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt and Tunisia have one player called up.
The Camp will have 67 players from several countries and different continents participate in the program.
Current NBA players Cheick Diallo of home team New Orleans Pelicans, Thon Maker of Milwaukee Bucks and Emmanuel Mudiay of Denver Nuggets will be part of a coaching staff that take participants through their paces.
Toronto Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri is the Camp Director for this year. Campers will have access to events at the NBA All Star Weekend including the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night, and the 66th NBA All-Star Game which takes place on February 20.
Below is a full list of invited African players:
Dongua Geovana (Angola), De Sousa Silvio (Angola), Buiamba Glofate (Angola), Coulibaly Aissatou (Mali), Coulibaly Abdoul Karim (Mali), Keita Blaise (Mali), Sissoko Moulaye Mamadou (Mali), Sarr Khadidiatou Bigue (Senegal).
Other invitees are Tchamwa Tchatchoua Jonathan (Cameroon), Mwamba Patrick (Democratic Republic of Congo), Raafat Tarek (Egypt), Doumbia Souleymane (Cote D Ivoire), Faye Cheikh (Senegal) and Marnaoui Oussama (Tunisia), Charles Bassey (Nigeria).