Dapo Sotuminu, Lagos
Since The NBA Academy Africa opened in May 2017, 24 elite male prospects (ages 14-20) have received scholarships and training after scouting programs conducted with local federations across the continent.
The NBA Academy Africa has participated in international tournaments and exhibition games in Australia, Europe and the United States. The NBA Academy Africa Women’s camps were held in May in Dakar and in October in Saly, Senegal.
In November 2018, the NBA announced the opening of a new elite basketball training center in Saly, Senegal. The new facility, which features two indoor basketball courts, a multidimensional activity center, a weight room, conference rooms as well as dormitories and educational facilities, is the primary training location for NBA Academy Africa prospects from across the continent.
The NBA Academy Africa builds on the NBA’s existing basketball and youth development initiatives in Africa, including Jr. NBA programs for boys and girls ages 16 and under in Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal and South Africa. Basketball Without Borders, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has been held in Africa 16 times, with 10 former BWB Africa campers drafted into the NBA.
Last month, NBA Academy Africa prospect Timothy Ighoefe signed his National Letter of Intent to play for Georgetown University. Timothy is the third prospect from The NBA Academy Africa to commit to a NCAA D-1 school, following Jana Abdullah’s commitment to the University of Cincinnati and Patrick Mwamba’s commitment to The University of Texas at Arlington. Below my signature please find more background information about The NBA Academy Africa.
Since October 2016, when the NBA Academies were launched in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), India; Mexico City, Mexico; and Saly, Senegal, the project have recorded tremendous successes.
The NBA Academy Africa, the NBA’s elite basketball training center in Saly, Senegal, will travel to Gran Canaria, Spain to compete in the U-19 International Basketball Tournament Global Jam comprised of teams from Russia, Senegal, Spain and the United States. This will be the NBA Academy Africa’s second international competition of the season and they will play their first game of the tournament on Dec 6. against the Canterbury Academy (Spain). The teams competing in the Global Jam include: CB Gran Canaria, SNM International, CSKA Moscow, CBA Academy, The Skill Factory, CB Canarias and Canterbury Academy