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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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Giannis Antetokounmpo, winner of the Best Male Athlete award, attends The 2019 ESPYs at Microsoft Theater on July 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

Giannis Antetokounmpo Wins 'Best Male Athlete' & 'Best NBA Player' of the Year Awards at 2019 ESPYS

It's safe to say the Greek-Nigerian athlete is having an incredible year.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is having a stellar year. After being named Most Valuable Player at the NBA Awards last month, the star athlete took home both the Best Male Athlete of the year award and the Best NBA Player of the year at last night's ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Awards.

It was the Greek-Nigerian player's first time being nominated for Best Male Athlete, and he beat out the likes of Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs and golf star Brooks Koepka to earn the win.

He was up against fellow NBA stars James Harden, Kevin Durant and Paul George for Best NBA Player of the year. This year was the player's second time being nominated for the award and his first win.

The 24-year-old athlete was all smiles when he took to the stage to accept the award for Best Male Athlete, jokingly referencing his heartfelt MVP speech and telling the audience: "this won't be like the NBA speech, I'm not going to cry today."

"When you believe in your dreams, things like this can happen," he added.

The annual ESPY Awards, established in 1993, recognize achievement in the sports world by honoring its best players across various fields. With his breakout performance in the league this year, it makes sense that Antetokounmpo would receive not one but two of these prestigious awards.

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Meet the 8 African Players Who've Been Newly Drafted Into the NBA

These players hailing from across the continent are set to have promising careers as new NBA athletes.

The 2019 NBA Draft went down Thursday night at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, where 60 talented hopefuls from college basketball and international leagues were drafted into the NBA.

As our recent preview mentioned, eight players with roots stemming from the continent were in the running for this next step in their professional careers. Out of the prospects, two new and unexpected faces were selected.

Get to know them below.

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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.

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