Basketball Africa League Unveils Sahara Conference Rosters Ahead of Expanded 2022 Season

Each of the Sahara Conference’s six teams, which come from six African countries, will have up to 13 players, at least eight of whom are citizens of their respective team’s home country


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Basketball Africa League Unveils Sahara Conference Rosters Ahead of Expanded 2022 Season


Six Sahara Conference Teams Feature 78 Players from 17 Countries Across Africa, Europe and the U.S.; 2022 BAL Season Opener Featured Senegal’s Dakar Université Club (DUC) Taking on Guinea’s Seydou Legacy Athlétique Club (S.L.A.C) at the Dakar Arena on March 5th at 12:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. GMT on Canal+, ESPNews and TSN; All 38 BAL Games Will Livestream on the NBA App, NBA.com and NBA.com/BAL;

The Basketball Africa League (BAL) has unveiled the rosters of the six teams that will compete in the league’s Sahara Conference group phase at the Dakar Arena in Senegal, which tipped off yesterday and runs through Tuesday, March 15. The six teams collectively feature 78 players from 17 countries across Africa, Europe and the U.S.

In the season opener, Senegal’s Dakar Université Club (DUC) took on Guinea’s Seydou Legacy Athlétique Club (S.L.A.C) at 12:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. GMT on Canal+, ESPNews and TSN in the first of 38 games taking place across three cities over the next three months.

Each of the Sahara Conference’s six teams, which come from six African countries, will have up to 13 players, at least eight of whom are citizens of their respective team’s home country and up to four of whom are from other countries, with no more than two players per team from outside of Africa. As part of the “BAL Elevate” program, each team’s 13th roster spot is reserved for one of 12 prospects from NBA Academy Africa, an elite basketball training center in Saly, Senegal for the top high-school age prospects from across Africa.

Eight players competing in the Sahara Conference group phase previously played in the NBA G League. Majok was drafted 58th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Team
 

Player
 

Country
 

Last G League Team
 

CFV (Mozambique)
 
Randy Ozoemena Onwuasur
 
Nigeria/USA
 
Salt Lake City Stars
 
DUC (Senegal)
 
Chadrack Lufile
 
Democratic Republic of the Congo
 
Sioux Falls Skyforce
 
REG (Rwanda)
 
Anthony Rashad Walker
 
USA
 
Stockton Kings
 
S.L.A.C (Guinea)
 
Marcus Christopher Crawford
 
USA
 
Iowa Energy
 
S.L.A.C (Guinea)
 
Dane Anthony Miller Jr.
 
USA
 
Oklahoma City Blue
 
S.L.A.C (Guinea)
 
Jawachi Josh Nzeakor
 
Nigeria
 
Memphis Hustle
 
S.L.A.C (Guinea)
 
Christopher Ewaoche Obekpa
 
Nigeria
 
Santa Cruz Warriors
 
US Monastir (Tunisia)
 
Ater James Majok
 
Sudan
 
Los Angeles D-Fenders
 


The six teams feature nine former NCAA Division I players:

Team
 

Player
 

Country
 

Last College/University
 

AS Salé (Morocco)
 

Abdoulaye Harouna Amadou
 
Niger
 

Miami
 

AS Salé (Morocco)
 

Terrell De Von Stoglin
 
USA
 

Maryland
 

REG (Rwanda)
 

Javon Filer Adonis
 
Rwanda/USA
 

Florida Atlantic
 

REG (Rwanda)
 

Alex Olenga Mpoyo
 
Rwanda
 

Grambling State
 

REG (Rwanda)
 

Cleveland Thomas
 
USA
 

Western Kentucky
 

REG (Rwanda)
 

Anthony Rashad Walker
 
USA
 

Texas at Arlington
 

US Monastir (Tunisia)
 

Michael Andre Dixon
 
USA
 

Memphis
 

US Monastir (Tunisia)
 

Ater James Majok
 
Sudan
 

Connecticut
 

US Monastir (Tunisia)
 

Wassef Methnani
 
Tunisia
 

Fairfield
 


The Sahara Conference also features 11 players who previously participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program for top prospects from across the continent that has seen 10 former campers drafted into the NBA, including Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012) and Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011):

Team
 

Player
 

Country
 

BWB Experience
 

AS Salé (Morocco)
 

Badreddine Azouga
 

Morocco
 

BWB Africa 2012
 

AS Salé (Morocco)
 

Abdelmajid El Madini
 

Morocco
 

BWB Africa 2015
 

CFV (Mozambique)
 

Ermelino Orlando Novela
 

Mozambique
 

BWB Africa 2009
 

CFV (Mozambique)
 

Helton Sergio Jacinto Ubisse
 

Mozambique
 

BWB Africa 2012
 

DUC (Senegal)
 

Cheikh Bamba Diallo
 

Senegal
 

BWB Africa 2013
 

DUC (Senegal)
 

Thierno Niang
 

Senegal
 

BWB Africa 2008
 

S.L.A.C (Guinea)
 

Christopher Obekpa
 

Nigeria
 

BWB Africa 2009
 

US Monastir (Tunisia)
 

Firas Lahyani
 

Tunisia
 

BWB Africa 2009
 

US Monastir (Tunisia)
 

Oussama Marnaoui
 

Tunisia
 

BWB Africa 2016
 

US Monastir (Tunisia)
 

Wassef Methnani
 

Tunisia
 

BWB Africa 2015
 

US Monastir (Tunisia)
 

Mohamed Adam Rassil
 

Tunisia
 

BWB Africa 2016
 


AS Salé head coach Liz Mills (Australia) will make history when she leads the Moroccan champions at the BAL, becoming the first woman to coach a BAL team and first woman to coach a Moroccan men’s team. REG is led by head coach and former NBA player Robert Pack. During his 13-year NBA career,

Pack played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Washington Bullets, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Hornets.

The 12 BAL teams, which include defending BAL Champion Zamalek (Egypt), have been divided into two conferences – the Sahara Conference and the Nile Conference. Each conference will play a 15- game group phase during which each team will face the five other teams in its conference once. The Sahara Conference group phase will take place at the Dakar Arena from March 5-15, while the Nile Conference group phase will take place at Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo, Egypt from April 9-19. The top four teams from each conference will qualify for the BAL Playoffs, which will feature a single-elimination tournament and Finals at Kigali Arena in Rwanda from May 21-28.

Rosters for Nile Conference teams will be announced at a later date.



*Rosters are subject to change

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Basketball Africa League (BAL).
 


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