5 African sports stars ( Basketball )

Joel Hans Embiid

Born March 16, 1994, Joel Embiid is a Cameroonian basketball player. He is a bilingual center/power forward..

In January 2014, he is predicted as the future number one in the 2014 NBA 3 draft but plans to stay in the NCAA for one or more seasons to progress.

He is selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in 3rd position but will not play in the 2014-2015 season.

On July 12, 2015, the Sixers informed that Embiid will miss a second season since he must undergo a new operation on the right foot.

On November 15, 2017, Embiid compiled 46 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 blocks in 34 minutes of play becoming the first player to provide such a line of stats and breaking his career points and block record.

Embiid will have its own pair of sneakers on sale called ‘Under Armor Embiid 1’, which is expected to be released in 2020 and which will feature an outline of Africa featured on the heel, a tribute to the player’s roots in Cameroon.

On March 20, 2019 during his team’s victory against Boston 118 to 115, he established his new record for free throwing 20/21 as well as rebounds with 22 catches

On January 28, 2020, in the victory against Golden State, Joel Embiid scored 24 points by wearing the number 2428 in tribute to the Lakers star who died on the day of January 26 following the crash of his helicopter.

His big size allows him to be effective in defense and his fluidness is a strong point in attack. Before the 2014 NBA Draft, he was compared to Hakeem Olajuwon and Tim Duncan. In addition, its 3-point shot is effective for a center player. It has a power and a very good address under and back to the basket.

Gorgui Dieng

Senegalese basketball player, born January 18, 1990 in Kébémer and is a center player.

In 2013, Dieng appeared in the NBA Draft and was chosen in 21st position by the Utah Jazz. He was immediately transferred to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

At the beginning of his rookie season, he only gets a short playing time. However, following the injuries of his teammates Ronny Turiaf and Nikola Peković, he made his first start on March 16, 2014 against the Sacramento Kings and ended the match with a double-double: 12 points and 11 rebounds. In the following matches, Dieng confirmed his good form at the time and even made a match with 22 points and 21 rebounds on March 20 against the Houston Rockets. He becomes the first Timberwolves rookie to make a 20-20. He also becomes the sixth player since the NBA started in 1970 to finish with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in one of his first three games as a titular player.

On January 12, 2015, Dieng equalized his career point record with 22 units in the loss of his team 101 to 110 against the Denver Nuggets. On January 28, he was named to the Team World team which participates in the Rising Stars Challenge 2015. Dieng finished best scorer and best rebounder in the tournament, with 22.9 points per game and 14.9 rebounds per game.

Dieng donated 300,000 bags of intravenous solution to a hospital in Senegal.

Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu

Born on September 21, 1990 in Atlanta, Georgia, he is an American-Nigerian basketball player. He played as a small and power forward for the Orlando Magic.  After two years with wake Forest University’s Demon Deacons, he declared himself eligible for the 2010 NBA Draft.  On June 24, 2010, he was selected eighth overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.  On July 6, 2019, he signed a three-year, $29 million contract with the Orlando Magic.  Al-Farouq Aminu and his wife Helina Aminu are the founders of the Aminu Good Works Foundation, which supports health and education in underserved communities in Africa.

Bismack Biyombo

Bismack Biyombo is a Congolese professional basketball player born on August 28, 1992 in Lubumbashi (then in Zaire). It measures 2.03 m and is a center player.

Biyombo is spotted at the age of 16 in a tournament in Yemen by Mario Palma, former coach of Jordan and Angola. Biyombo then went to play in Spain, in the third division (LEB Plata), at CB Illescas, club in the city of Illescas. The club serves as team B for the Baloncesto Fuenlabrada which plays in Liga ACB.

In January 2011, Esteban Batista, the fulcrum of the Fuenlabrada team, left the club to go play at Caja Laboral. Biyombo is then integrated into the first team to reinforce the interior of the racket.

In April 2011, he participated in the Nike Hoop Summit. He made the first triple-double of a Hoop Summit with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks and beat the block record held so far by Kevin Garnett. His rating went up very quickly for the 2011 NBA Draft and he was placed in the top ten by several specialists.

During the draft, he was chosen in 7th position by the Sacramento Kings. He was immediately traded and joined the Charlotte Bobcats.

Biyombo specializes in defensive actions (rebounds, blocks, screens) to compensate for his weakness in the offensive game. He is, at the start of the 2013-2014 season, the NBA player to whom his teammates pass the ball the least.

On July 4, 2015, he signed to the Toronto Raptors a contract for six million dollars over two years.

In the 2016 playoffs, he made a historic performance in the third meeting of the East conference final against LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers by catching 26 rebounds, the record for the Toronto franchise.

On July 7, 2018, he was sent to the Charlotte Hornets in an exchange involving the Hornets, the Orlando Magic and the Chicago Bulls.

Biyombo launched « Child Of Africa », a mobilization of African children wishing to take action to promote their continent.

Serge Jonas Hugo Ibaka Ngobila

Ibaka is a Congolese-Spanish basketball player, born September 18, 1989 in Brazzaville. He progressed to the positions of power forward and center. With the Spanish team, he won the European Championship in 2011 and the silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.

In 2019, Serge Ibaka became an NBA champion with the Toronto Raptors.

On November 4, 2018, he made his best career match with the Los Angeles Lakers with 34 points (15/17 on shots) and 10 rebounds; match in which he scores his first 14 shots, becoming the first player to start the game 14-14 on shots since Shaquille O’Neal in February 2006.

On February 14, 2017, he was transferred to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Terrence Ross and a first draft round 201717. On March 21, 2017, he was in the middle of a fight with Robin Lopez in the third quarter against the Chicago Bulls and receives a game suspension

Ibaka is co-founder of Kivu international school (KIS), a school located in the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo which aims to make its students motivated, responsible and enterprising citizens who contribute to the development of Congo.