NEW YORK, December 6, 2019 – The inaugural Basketball Africa League Combine concluded in Brooklyn, New York last night. The two-day event featured 50 aspiring players from Africa, the U.S. and around the world. More than 20 African countries were represented among the players and representatives of club teams and national federations.
The players took part in anthropometric and athletic testing, positional skill development and 5-on-5 games in front of attending scouts, coaches and executives from club teams across Africa participating in the qualifying tournaments for the inaugural season of the BAL.
Former NBA head coach and 1992 “Dream Team” assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo served as BAL Combine camp director. Joining Carlesimo’s coaching staff were former NBA Champion head coach Paul Westhead, former NBA players and G League assistant coaches Charlie Bell and Jaren Jackson Sr., former NBA player and NBA Assistant Coaches Program participant Theo Ratliff, Angola Men’s National Team Head Coach Will Voigt and former NCAA coach Tom Parrotta. The camp was also attended by NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall, FIBA Africa and BAL Board President Anibal Manave, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng (South Sudan), Capital City Go-Go General Manager Pops Mensah-Bonsu (Ghana) and former NBA player Olumide Oyedeji (Nigeria).