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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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Senegalese Basketball Player Tacko Fall is the NBA's Literal 'African Giant'

At 7-foot-5-inches, the Boston Celtics center recently made his pre-season debut and is the NBA's tallest active player.

Last night, the Boston Celtics played against the Charlotte Hornets and defeated them 107-106. Currently the tallest active player in the NBA, Tacko Fall, made his pre-season debut in the last eight minutes of the game, according to the BBC. The Senegalese player continues to battle for a spot on the fifteen-man roster of players who will be drafted for the upcoming regular season.

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Here Are the Cities That Will Host the Basketball Africa League In Its First Year

Games will take place across the continent in cities including Cairo, Lagos, Dakar and more.

The NBA, ahead of the official launch of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) next year, has announced the first year host cities for the upcoming league.

The league's President, Amadou Fall, made the announcement at the NBA Africa Gala on Tuesday as part of the the Basketball Without Borders initiative. He confirmed that the league will be present in several major cities across the continent, including Cairo, Lagos, Kigali, Luanda, Dakar, as well as Morocco's capital city of Rabat.

Fall also outlined the schedule for the league's inaugural season, which will include 40 games played over 3 months. The league will include a total of 13 teams, each of which will play 5 games.

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Meet the Senegalese Designer Making Math Chic

Diarra Bousso uses algorithms to create designs for her line DIARRABLU.

Who knew that math and fashion could work together so seamlessly? Apparently Diarra Bousso did, the self-described "Creative Mathematician" and mastermind behind DIARRABLU. The Senegalese serial entrepreneur and multidisciplinary artist left a career of trading on Wall Street to pursue design and it paid off. She has just been awarded a coveted spot as the Designer in Residence at the San Francisco Fashion Incubator for her innovative use of equations and algorithms in her beautiful designs.

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Daniel Kaluuya Is Producing a Live-Action 'Barney' Movie with Mattel

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

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