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    Assem Marei currently unsure of Afrobasket campaign due to injury.
    http://www.africatopsports.com/2015/...robasket-2015/
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    Default Siauliai signs Assem Marei

    BC Siauliai (LKL) signed 23-year old Egyptian international forward Assem Marei (206-113kg-92). He just graduated from Minn.St.-Mankato (NCAA2). In 20 games he had very impressive stats: 19.3ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8bpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to All-NSIC 1st Team.
    As mentioned above Marei is just out of the college and it will be his first season as a pro.
    The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won NSIC Tournament for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
    Marei has been also a member of Egyptian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Egyptian senior team since 2011 and previously for U19 National Team in 2011. Marei represented Egypt at the Afrobasket Championships in Rades (Tunisia) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 10.1ppg, Reb-5 (8.4rpg), 2.6apg, FGP: 44.1%, FT: 47.5%.
    Marei has played previously for another Lithuanian team Zamalek.
    http://www.afrobasket.com/Egypt/news...ns-Assem-Marei
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    Default La Bruixa d'Or adds Khalaf to their roster

    La Bruixa d'Or Manresa (Liga Endesa) added to their roster 16-year old Egyptian power forward Ahmed Khalaf (206-99). He played last season at Al Gezira in Egyptian Superleague. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Khalaf was voted Afrobasket.com All-Arfican U16 Championships 1st Team in 2015. He represented Egypt at the World Championships U19 in Heraklion (Greece) this year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 8.3ppg, Reb-5 (8.4rpg), 1.0spg, Blocks-1 (2.9bpg), FGP: 42.6%, FT: 75.0%
    http://www.afrobasket.com/Egypt/news/428115/La-Bruixa-d'Or-adds-Khalaf-to-their-roster,-ex-Al-Gezira

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    Default Egypt’s Oraby sets eyes on the future

    CAIRO (AfroBasket 2015) - Egypt missed out on long-term goal of qualifying for next summer Olympic Games, but Omar Oraby feels their future looks bright.

    The youngest team - averaging 24 years old - at the 16-team AfroBasket 2015 held last August in Rades, Tunisia, Egypt finished with a similar record (6-1) to eventual champions Nigeria.

    They claimed the fifth-place in Africa’s flagship basketball tournament, but the general feeling is that they could have done a lot better.


    An 83-63 defeat to Angola in the Quarter-Finals ended Egypt’s hope of securing at least a place in the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, however, it is the future that matters for the North Africans.

    “We are young, talented, and our next goal is to qualify for the World Cup [2019],” Oraby said to FIBA.com.


    The 2.18m center provided Egypt with an impressive rim protection, averaging 1.3 blocks per game, but, it is the team success that keeps Oraby going.

    “What we achieved in Tunisia was a starting point for the future our national team,” he noted.

    We built a great chemistry, and hopefully we will continue to play together in the years to come - Oraby

    With the AfroBasket 2015 done and dusted for another two years, the former standout at Southern California University who currently plays for Egypt side Gezira, sets his eyes on the future of his basketball career.

    And, he has some high goals.

    After playing for the Houston Rockets in the 2014 Summer League, and trying to become the first Egypt-born to play in the NBA, Oraby felt he had the necessary exposure for a professional basketball career.

    However, in a turn of events, the 24-year-old saw his professional basketball career delayed.

    “On my return to Egypt I was conscripted into the Army, which prevented me from leaving the country,” he recalled.

    “Then I got a training camp offer from the Los Angeles Lakers but I couldn’t go due to my military obligations.

    “But I finish my service obligation in August 2016 and I will try to resume my basketball career overseas,” he pointed out.

    Next up for Oraby is the upcoming African Champions Cup (ACC), which will run from 10-20 December in Luanda, Angola.

    And if he is cleared to play - after suffering two broken bones in the face during the 2015 All-Africa Games last September - he aims to start paving his way

    to a professional basketball overseas.

    http://www.fiba.com/news/egypt%E2%80...-on-the-future

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    Default Khalaf signing with Manresa a bet on future for both sides

    REGENSBURG (David Hein’s Eye on the Future) - Ahmed Khalaf and Spanish basketball club l’iCL Manresa both took a leap of faith - with both hoping for a major payout in the future.

    If you’re a young player from a non-traditional basketball country looking to take your game to another level, there are two popular choices.

    One is to go to high school or college in the United States. And the other is go to Europe, like the 16-year-old Khalaf has chosen to do.

    The talented young Egyptian center signed a long-term deal with Manresa and is taking the Old Continent route to improving his game. Manresa is a mid-level Liga Endesa club who decided they needed to strike early if they wanted to get a player with the potential of Khalaf.

    The Giza native had showcased his skill-set the past two summers, playing at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship as a 15-year-old and more than holding his own with 8.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.9 blocks per game.

    This past summer, Khalaf was three years younger than the rest of the competition at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship and the 2.04m big man was outstanding with 8.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks a contest.

    Khalaf topped off his summer by guiding Egypt back to the 2016 U17 Worlds by averaging 14.8 points, 12.2 rebounds and 5.6 blocks as Egypt won the title at the 2015 FIBA Africa U16 Championship.

    "We saw that he has good intuition on rebounding and a possibility to grow as a player,” Manresa’s sport manager Pere Romero said.

    “He’s a mature guy who is able to play against players three years older than him but still able to do the same numbers.”

    Khalaf definitely has an intriguing skill-set, especially his rebounding and shot blocking instincts. He improved greatly since his first exposure on the world scene at the U17 Worlds in Dubai.

    But much of that development has come while working with Egyptian youth national teams coach Branislav Jemc. Khalaf had moved to Cairo club Gezira Sporting Club, but it was time to take things to the next level.

    For many other talents from less-strong basketball countries, the choice has been to head to the United States - to either college or high school.

    Chilean 1998 born Nicolas Aguirre selected the U.S. school system. Japan’s star 1998-born prospect Rui Hachimura appears set on going stateside as well despite Japan’s national team director Torsten Loibl urging him to go to Europe. Hachimura has already visited among other schools Gonzaga University - a college known for an influx of international players.

    While Europe doesn’t have the school-basketball combination of the United States, European basketball provides players more practice time than teams in the United States. And many would argue that players can get better in Europe than in the United States, where colleges have strict regulations about the amount of practice time - not to mention pesky exams and other homework assignments.

    By deciding on Spain, Khalaf will undoubtedly face a major adjustment, adapting to an entirely new language, culture and surroundings. Romero and the club want to help the youngster in every way possible to make it easier in the province of Barcelona.

    Just as big an adjustment will come on the court as Khalaf will likely start his new basketball chapter in Manresa’s junior team. And he will be facing the best of Spain - and many other countries.

    Khalaf will square off against the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, who both bring in talented prospects from around the world. He will also have to adapt to the speed level and rhythm of the game.

    “He has to adapt to all of these things. Then we can see if he can develop at this level. But we think he can do it,” Romero said.

    The big news is not that Manresa signed a 16-year-old to a long-term contract - not even that the player is from another country.

    The Khalaf signing is big because the talented big man is from Egypt and that he decided to go to Europe. Most of the best of Egypt’s previous generations have chosen the United States route with Anas Osama landing at the University of Louisville while Ehab Amin attending Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

    That’s not to say that the United States cannot be a positive. The 23-year-old Assem Marei excelled in three seasons with NCAA II school Minnesota State-Mankato and is playing this season with Lithuanian FIBA Europe Cup team Siauliai.

    One thing is certain, the talent and potential are there for Khalaf. Romero and Manresa knew others had seen Khalaf and that they needed to pounce on him now.

    Manresa will give Khalaf the things he needs to excel and develop into the player that both hope he turns into. It will solely be up to Khalaf to step up and work hard to get the most out of his talent.

    it’s exciting for Egyptian basketball that a team from an established league like the Liga Endesa is ready to take a chance on a player like Khalaf. It gives the next generation of young Egyptians a whole new perspective on the future.

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    http://www.fiba.com/news/khalaf-sign...for-both-sides

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    Default N/w tasmania sign Omar Samhan

    Friday, November 20, 2015

    North West Tasmania Tall Timbers Thunder Basketball are very pleased to announce that 2016 playing contract has been finalised for the second American Import.


    N/W Tasmania Media Release



    6’11” Omar Samhan an American-Egyptian professional basketball player who last played for the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.



    He played college basketball for Saint Mary's College of California where he was an honorable mention All-American in 2010. He also played high school basketball for San Ramon Valley High School. In his freshman season at Saint Mary's, Samhan was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshmen team and was a Freshman All-American selection by CollegeInsider.com.



    He played in all 32 games including seven starts and was the team's third highest scorer and second highest rebounder, averaged 9.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.



    He is expected to join the team in early February.

    http://www.seabl.com.au/index.php?id=257&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=10437&cHash=f507152a9d

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    Egypt NT Roster in preparation for Zone V Afrobasket qualifiers

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    Ahmed Hesham
    Ramy Ibrahim
    Haytham Kamal
    Mustafa Mekawy
    Mustafa Meshal
    Ahmed Mohamed
    Ahmed Muheeb
    Motaz Okasha
    Rumain Sameh
    Saif Samir
    Youssef Shousha
    Mohamed Tara
    Omar Oraby Tarek
    Mohamed Younis
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    Default Egypt is the champion of Arab cup for national-teams

    After a big final game against Morocco, Egypt got the title of the Arab National Teams Cup by beating Morocco 96-90. The half time finished with the leading of Morocco by 9 points 51-42. Egypt dominated the game in the second half due to the great effort of Omar Tarek, Ypusef Shosha and Moataz Okasha.

    The arab cup was a good opportunity for Egypt to prepare for the Zone 5 qualification to FIBA Africa 2017 which will be in Cairo on 12 March 2017.

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    Default Omar Tarek is the MVP of Arab Nations Cup

    Omar Tarek got the MVP of Arab Nations Cup after his great performance in the tournament.

    Omar Tarek (218-C-91) is the former player of USC (NCAA1) and the recent player of Gezera club in Egypt.

    He is very interesting prospect for the center position.

    Has yet great athletic skills, and a good timing for rebounds and shot blocking which help Egypt to achieve the cup

    after defeating Morocco in the final 96-90 in a close game.

    http://www.afrobasket.com/Egypt/news...ab-Nations-Cup

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    Default Egypt Win Bid to Host 2017 Afro-Basket Zone V Tourney

    Egypt beat Uganda to the rights to organize the 2017 Afro Basketball Zone V Championships. The 2014 Zone V champions will host the Men competitions in Cairo from March 12-18. Zone V is made up of ten countries, namely; Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Egypt, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and Sudan.

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    Default Leuven lands Omar Samhan

    Stella Artois Leuven Bears (Euromillions League) tabbed 28-year old American (has also Egyptian passport) center Omar Samhan (211-122kg-88, college: St.Mary's, CA). He played in the summer at Atleticos de San German in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 35 games he averaged 14.1ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5bpg. The last season Samhan played at Townsville Crocodiles in NBL where in 12 games he had 13.4ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1bpg.
    Among other achievements his team made it to the German Bundesliga Cup final in 2013. Samhan received also All-WCC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010 at his college time.
    Samhan is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in six different countries playing on five different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Australian, African and of course North American leagues. Samhan has played previously professionally in Lithuania (Zalgiris), Philippines (Talk N Text), Poland (Wilki Morskie), Germany (ratiopharm Ulm), Egypt (Sporting) and D-League (Texas Legends).
    He attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2010 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

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    Default Orenga on a double mission to restore Egypt’s glory days

    ALEXANDRIA (FIBA AfroBasket 2017/FIBA U19 World Championship 2017) - Two months after leading Spain to the title of the FIBA U20 European Championship, Juan Antonio Orenga is tackling the challenge of helping Egypt regain its basketball glory of old.

    Last week, the former Spanish international began his tenure as head coach of Egypt's senior men and U19 national teams by holding meetings and preparing for one of the biggest challenges in the basketball history of the North African country.

    Cairo will host the first-ever FIBA U19 World Championship staged on the African continent next summer, and Orenga's proven track record at the helm of youth teams is expected to improve Egypt's 6-17 record in the history of the competition.

    "Our goal over the next few months is to improve the teams technically and tactically. Then we'll go step by step into tournaments and we'll play to win every competition that we participate in," Orenga told FIBA.com while hosting a 25-player U19 training camp in Alexandria.

    "Hosting a tournament of the U19 Worlds' magnitude in Africa will be a great experience for everybody - supporters, local players and those from other countries. I am confident it will be a great success for Egyptian basketball."

    Asked about his assessment of the players that he has worked with last week, Orenga said they have shown a lot of interest to learn and are picking up his mentality.

    "Surely I will try to keep the core of the U17 and U18 teams that played in Spain and Rwanda this summer and try to build a competitive team."

    But Orenga's duties won't be limited to the U19 team as the 50-year-old has become the third coach of Egypt's senior men's national team - after Amr Aboul Kheir and Ahmed Marei - in the last three years.

    While Aboul Kheir guided the team to a runners-up finish at the FIBA AfroBasket 2013, Marei's Egypt claimed a 5th-Place finish last year.

    Can the man whose Spanish team trounced Egypt at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014, implement his philosophy in the space of a year for the country that last won the continental title back in 1983?

    He believes so.

    "We had 12 of the best players in the world, and although Egypt played well in the first half, we readjusted in the second half," he recalled of the clash played in Granada two years ago.

    "Michael Jordan once said: 'I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.' So, this is my motto. As a team we [Spain] lost to Angola at the 1992 Olympics - I was part of that team -. Two years later we lost against China at the World Cup. From there, we started to climb the mountain and reached the top of the world by winning the World Cup 2006.

    "This is the mindset that I hope to implement in Egypt. We have to be patient and work hard to achieve good results. Success doesn’t come overnight."

    Orenga's first meaningful competition as head coach of Egypt will take place early next year when the Pharaoh take to the court for FIBA Africa Zone 5 AfroBasket 2017 qualifiers.

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    Default Oraby praises Egypt's team chemistry ahead of FIBA AfroBasket 2017

    CAIRO (FIBA AfroBasket 2017) - Named MVP of the Arab Championship last month, Egypt's Omar Oraby is aiming high in 2017.

    The 2.18m center has played a crucial role helping Egypt beat Morocco in the Arab Championship Final in Cairo.


    He took so many lessons from the tournament that he couldn't be more optimistic for Egypt's upcoming international commitments.


    First, the North Africans will host the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 Zone 5 qualifiers from 12-18 March in Cairo.

    If they secure one of the two places on offer for this year's FIBA AfroBasket Final Round in Brazzaville - as Oraby believes they will - Egypt's new golden generation will have a second chance of making some noise in Africa's biggest basketball stage.



    Then, later this year, Oraby's Egypt will become the second African country - after Tunisia held the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women 2005 - to host a major FIBA Basketball tournament, the U19 World Championship.

    "Hopefully, we'll have a great year," the 25-year-old former University of Southern California standout said to FIBA.com.

    Discussing his Arab Championship 2017 award, Oraby added: “It was a great personal achievement but I wouldn’t have won it without the support of my teammates. The award was a huge step in my career, and hopefully this season I can continue doing great things.

    “I feel that my game has developed further. I feel a lot more confident, especially because of the coaches I have been working with. And hopefully, I can keep up and help my national team."

    Ten national teams from FIBA Africa Zone 5 - including Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt - are expected in Cairo next month.


    In his first appearance at the helm of Egypt, former Spain coach Juan Orenga led the North Africans to the Arab Championship title

    Egypt, a team experiencing a transitional process with the arrival of head coach Juan Orenga, emerge as frontrunners in the qualifier, and Oraby explains why.

    “The biggest victory really was the way how coach Orenga brought the team together," Oraby said of Egypt's Arab Championship success.

    "He has emphasised the team chemistry above anything else. It was great to see how players who had little playing time were cheering on each other. My first impression of coach Orenga is that he is a great motivator.

    “We didn’t have much time to prepare for the tournament but mentally the team was at its very best. Hopefully, we can keep this attitude. This is a big step for our national team.

    “It was tough playing against Morocco in Final. They have an experienced team that has been playing together for many years. We were down 19 points early in the game but we managed to fight back. It was a great team win."

    Egypt will begin their FIBA AfroBasket preparations on Saturday.



    “We hope to keep the momentum and stay as strong during the qualifiers. Obviously, the goal is to win the qualifier. I know there will be some good national teams coming to Cairo looking to cause a surprise but I believe we can qualify for the AfroBasket.

    "We’ll play at home and it would be great to see fans cheering for us," the Gezira center pointed out.

    “The AfroBasket is a tough competition. If we qualify, the objective will be the improvement of the team.

    One of Egypt's revelations during the FIBA U19 World Championship 2009 in New Zealand, Oraby can't wait for this summer when the best 16 U19 national teams descend to Cairo.

    “It’s a huge opportunity for Egypt to show the world that we can organise a tournament of this dimension, especially because the Middle-East has a bad reputation in some circles. I believe Egypt will prove doubters wrong," Oraby noted.

    “This is a great tournament, and it will be a major success."

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    Default Abdel Nader Agrees To Deal With Red Claws

    Abdel Nader has committed to signing a contract in the D-League with the Maine Red Claws.

    Nader received significant offers in Europe as well.

    Nader played for the Celtics in Summer League after he was the 58th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft out of Iowa State.

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    Default Abdel Nader Named D-League Player Of The Week

    Abdel Nader of the Maine Red Claws was named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 16, through Sunday, Jan. 22.

    Nader (6-8, Iowa State) led Maine to a 2-0 week, averaging 26.0 points (eighth in the league) on 48.6 percent shooting to go with 6.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal. He connected of 7-of-14 attempts from three-point range and was named to NBADLeague.com’s 2017 All-Showcase First Team. On Jan. 19, he scored 29 points and connected on 6-of-10 three-point attempts in a 122-117 win over the Canton Charge. On Jan. 21, he recorded 23 points, six rebounds and six assists in a 112-107 victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

    Nader is averaging 22.4 points on 48.6 percent shooting and 6.0 rebounds on the season. He was born in Alexandria, Egypt and was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 58th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft presented by State Farm.
    Other top performers considered included Austin’s Cory Jefferson, Canton’s Quinn Cook, Delaware’s Devondrick Walker, Erie’s Gabe York, Grand Rapids’ Jordan Crawford, Iowa’s JaKarr Sampson, Los Angeles’ Josh Magette, Maine’s Jalen Jones, Northern Arizona’s Johnny O’Bryant, Oklahoma City’s Dakari Johnson, Raptors 905’s Edy Tavares, Santa Cruz’s Dennis Clifford, Sioux Falls’ Patrick Miller, Texas’ CJ Williams, Westchester’s Courtney Fells and Windy City’s Will Bynum.

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