The likes of Dikembe Mutombo and Hakeem Olajuwon dazzled in basketball’s biggest league-the NBA decades ago. Presently, Joel Embiid and Pascal Siakam are leading the path of this generation but the next generation will likely look at budding super star Sirriman Kanoute in the same way.
The 16 year old Guard who turns 17 later this month, recently wrapped another successful campaign on a personal level and team level.
He featured in Mali’s gold medal win at the just ended FIBA Africa Under 18 Championship where host nation Mali piped Senegal 78-76 to clinch the title.
Against Senegal, Kanoute registered 10 points, five assists and six rebounds in a balanced showing after pouring 21 points on Angola in the semifinals.
He was named Most Valuable Player at the Tournament for the second time in just over a year after recording the same achievement at the African Under 16 Championship last year.
His highlight moment was a 50 point performance against Mauritius as Mali progressed to the World Cup held in Argentina.
At the world stage, the 6 foot 1 inch floor general has replicated his dazzling form by leading all players in scoring at the Under 17 World Cup earlier this year. He averaged 24.6 points per game.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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