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These 8 African Basketball Players Are In the Running To Be Drafted Into the NBA

Get to know these names ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft.

The 2019 NBA Draft goes down Thursday evening—where top athletes from college basketball and from around the world anxiously wait to see which of the 30 professional teams deem them worthy of a jersey.

After seeing the serious African representation with the new champs, the Toronto Raptors, we couldn't help but peruse the NBA's Draft Notes to learn about the African players who are in the running of being drafted.

Below are a handful of names you should know ahead of tonight's draft.


Mfiondu Kabengele | Democratic Republic of Congo

Kabengele played for Florida State is also the nephew of NBA vet and Hall of Fame inductee Dikembe Mutumbo.

Marial Shayok | Sudan

Shayok is a potential draft pick who played for Iowa State.

Simisola Shittu | Nigeria

Shittu is a potential draft pick who played for Vanderbilt.

Sekou Doumbouya | Guinea

Doumbouya is also a French professional basketball player coming from team Limoges CSP of the LNB Pro A league. He's in the running to become the highest pick ever from France.

Bol Bol | Sudan

Bol played for Oregon and is the son of the late center Manute Bol, who had a 10-season career in the NBA.

Olumiye Oni | Nigeria

Oni, who is coming from Yale, may be the first player from the Ivy League to be drafted since Jerome Allen was selected in the second round from University of Pennsylvania in 1995.

Bruno Fernando | Angola

Fernando, who is coming from University of Maryland College Park, announced that he will be entering the draft in May.

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Emile YX? Wants to 'Reconnect The String'

The father of South African hip-hop's latest book release is here to teach you about the culture.

As a father-figure in South African hip-hop, there's a lot Emile Lester Jansen, aka Emile YX?, knows. He'll also tell you, there's a lot he doesn't. But the knowledge Emile has gained, over his 3 decades in music, he's always tried to share with others. His latest project is no different. The Black Noise founder is working on a book that identifies the similarities between Bushmen expression and hip-hop, and how this knowledge can help empower anyone who has a love of the culture.

The book, which will be called Reconnect The String, comes on the back of this year's 21st anniversary of the African Hip Hop Indaba, one of the landmark hip hop events in Cape Town created by Emile, which has helped many an artist launch their career. As a teacher and a musician, he's long been involved in using hip hop to uplift communities—first through the seminal group Black Noise, founded in the late 1980s, with its rhymes rallying against Apartheid, and then through the Heal the Hood organization, a non-profit that grew out of the group's efforts to use its love of hip hop to fuel youth development initiatives in townships on the Cape Flats.

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