Basketball is said to be one of the most diverse sports in the world. The sport has athletes from all different backgrounds, ethnicities, nationalities coming together to put a sphere ball into a hoop. This diversity makes the game special. In fact, in 2019, 5 of the 6 major Nba Regular Season awards went to international players.
2019 NBA Regular Season Awards
MVP - Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece MIP- Pascal Siakam, Cameroon Rookie Of The Year - Luka Doncic, Spain Defensive Player Of The Year - Rudy Gobert, France Coach Of The Year - Mike Budenhozer, Germany Sixth Man Of The Year - Lou Williams, United States Of America
This is a testament to all of the camps and global initiatives the Nba has put together to expand the game overseas. Currently, they are running the basketball without borders camp in countries such as Africa, Europe, and South America, which has discovered multiple NBA All-Stars such as Joel Embid and Pascal Siakam.
Other organizations have taken up this challenge as well. An organization called Tusk Sports has made it their mission to find the best athletes in East Africa and give them the opportunity to develop their games. Here, they can work on their games, and maybe even earn scholarships in the process! In fact, 6 kids from Kenya have recently been offered basketball scholarships in the US from camps like this and some of them have even used GMTM to get their name and gameplay in front of coaches. Down below, are three of the best players from the Tusk Sports camps!!!
The first submission came from Mariel Mayom from Kenya. He is 6 foot 5, 175 pounds, and an incredible athlete. He is quick on his feet and throws down effortless tomahawk dunks. From the clips submitted, he seems like a respectable shooter and has solid ball-handling skills. His quickness, explosiveness, and smooth style kind of reminds me of a young Pascal Siakam. Mariel is one of the 6 Kenyan athletes that got a scholarship from this program!
Next up, we got Marol Achei, who stands at 6 foot 10 inches and weighs 175 pounds. Marol has a clean catch a shoot jump shot and is a hustler on the court. He will block shots and dive for loose balls if he has too. He still has a long way to go though. He is a very raw basketball player right now, but with a few more months or years of training, he could be unstoppable. He reminds me of Giannas when he first started playing basketball. Just like Giannas, Marol has a lot of raw athleticism and intangibles that most people don't have.
Last but not least, we got Alier Kuol, who also stands at 6 foot 10 inches. He weighs a little bit more, marking in at 185 pounds. From his clips, it looks like he has a solid post game and mid-range jump shot. He has a high release point, which makes his jump shot virtually unblock-able. Furthermore, Alier seems like a traditional big man based on his gameplay and foot speed. He is not going to be the fastest person on the floor, but he will find a way to put the ball in the basket!