The maiden NBA Academy on the African continent has been launched in Thies, Senegal with the aim of recruiting some of the brightest prospects in Africa to elite programs in the United States for further development.
The program is a partnership between the NBA and non-profit organization SEED Project. Players will be selected after intense scouting on the continent where two skills camps will be conducted at the top end facility in Thies to select 12 players who will receive scholarships from the program.
Plans are far advanced to incorporate female players and build a second facility in the Senegalese coastal town Saly.
Speaking to VOA, NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa Amadou Gallo Fall said:
“Some of the greatest players that ever played the game of basketball came out of the continent, but there was never a predictable path for them to achieve that, it almost happened by chance, by luck. So now with the NBA Academy Africa we want to make sure that young players who have a talent and passion for basketball now will have a path to achieve their goal.”
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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