Abidjan/Monastir (Cote d’Ivoire/Tunisia) – The race for five places in the FIBA 2023 Basketball World Cup is in full swing in Africa, prompting the competing teams to bring their best players to the next window qualifiers.
While African basketball fans know most of these basketball players, there will be some new faces waiting to be shown.
From August 26-28, the remaining 12 nations will take part in Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) and Monastir (Tunisia), where these 10 players will certainly stand out during this fourth qualifying window of the Africa region.
In no particular order, here are the 10 players we recommend you keep a close eye on at the end of the month:
Jonathan Kuminga (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Birthdate: October 6, 2002
Height: 2.02 m
Club: Golden State Warriors (NBA)
Jonathan Kuminga first learned about the game by watching Kobe’s highlights at an internet café in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Now 19 years old, he is the NBA champion. pic.twitter.com/FD8bjjSFRl
– Golden State Warriors (@warriors) 26 July 2022
Komenga was recently crowned NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors, and was supposed to make his first appearance for the Congolese team in the framework of the third African zone qualifiers in July, but personal reasons forced him to return to Kinshasa where he participated in the selection. Alexandria Egypt).
“This time he should be here with us.”a source told FIBA.basketball.
If the 21-year-old is present, the choice of the Congolese will be more dangerous for their next opponents (South Sudan, Cameroon and Tunisia).
Branko Badiou (Senegal)
Birthdate: February 17, 1999
Height: 1.88 m
Club: Maxi Manresa (Spanish ACB)
Having missed the last qualifying period, Badiou is expected to return in August.
Brilliant ball in hand and able to draw quickly, the Senegalese can be a great booster for the Lions’ attack.
As part of Group D’s first round in February, he distinguished himself by averaging 6.7 points and 6 assists per game.
Mayan Kiir (South Sudan)
Birthdate: January 1, 1998
Height: 2.06 m
Club: Cobra Sports (African Basketball League)
Aggressive on both sides of the field, Kerr continues to work hard to secure the chance to debut with South Sudan, the most exciting team on the African continent at the moment.
If chosen for the fourth window, he will bring a strong physical presence and talent close to the basket.
Physically gifted, Kerr is one of the best players to miss play-off matches in April when he donned the South Sudan Cobra Sports jersey.
Bruno Fernando (Angola)
Birthdate: August 15, 1998
Height: 2.06 m
Club: Houston Rockets (NBA)
If he’s healthy, Fernando, who has just renewed his contract with the Houston Rockets, could make his debut for Angola since the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifiers.
Fernando, the first Angolan player to play in the NBA, joined the former continental champions’ training camp in Portugal two weeks ago. He is said to have brought a real breath of fresh air to his national team.
Paul Eboa (Cameroon)
Birthdate: February 15, 2000
Height: 2.02 m
Club: Fanoli Cremona
With his aggressiveness on both sides of the field, Eboua continues to make a name for himself in the Cameroon squad.
His playing time continues to increase and the Indomitable Lions may use his energy to revive themselves in their quest for a place in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Maxence Dadiet (Ivory Coast)
Birthdate: March 2, 1999
Height: 1.92 m
Club: AS Kayserberg
His victorious flick against Angola in the first qualifying window may have been one of his best moments in the national team, but Dadiet remained a solid contributor to ‘Elephants’.
No player has spent as much time on the pitch as Dadiet so far. The 23-year-old is currently the team’s top scorer with an average of 12.3 points per game in 25.4 minutes of play, and he also provides 3 assists on every outing.
Ibrahima Diallo (Guinea)
Birthdate: May 30, 2004
Height: 1.70 m
Club: Little Elm HS (USA)
Diallo continues to make a name for himself in the basketball halls of the African continent, and for excellent reasons.
Just last week, Diallo was voted “Major 5” of the FIBA Africa U18 Africa Championship 2022 thanks to his unique style of playing attacking.
As one of the youngest players to feature in this Africa zone qualifier, Diallo particularly distinguished himself in the third qualifying window, scoring 2 out of 4 from three points in a tight encounter against Cote d’Ivoire.
Josh Okoji (Nigeria)
Date of Birth: September 1, 1998
Height: 1.92 m
Club: Phoenix Suns (NBA)
Prior to his debut for Nigeria at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Okogie represented USA at the FIBA U-17 Basketball World Cup 2017 in Cairo.
However, this will be his first appearance in a Nigeria shirt on the African continent.
A staple of the D’Tigers in securing the only ticket reserved for Africa at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Okogie gives an extra dimension to the former African champions, in search of one of the five spots on the line for the upcoming FIBA World Cup.
Khalifa Diop (Senegal)
Birthdate: January 15, 2002
Height: 2.12 m
Club: Herbalife Gran Canaria (Spanish ACB)
Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2022 NBA Draft, Diop will play next season for Spanish club Herbalife, Gran Canaria.
A product of Senegal’s youth programme, Diop wore his country’s shirt in the second qualifying window in February, although he did not play much, with a total of 10 points in three matches. However, expectations will be high, especially since Senegal will want to try to get back into the ticket race for the 2023 World Championship.
Anyarpani Makuei (South Sudan)
Birthdate: July 3, 2000
Height: 1.93 m
Club: Sydney Kings
McCoy hasn’t played in the last qualifying period, but his stats in the first three games speak for themselves.
If selected for the next three matches, South Sudan’s attack could be even more impressive.
His penetrating speed gives the South Sudan side an impressive advantage, as he showed in his first three Africa Zone qualifiers.
The 21-year-old finished with an average rating of +16 over those three encounters.
warning : The final lists of teams that will participate in Window 4 have not been finalized at the time this article was published. These players were selected on the basis of the quotas announced by the various national associations at the time of their preparations and previous qualification periods.