The coach of Senegal’s national men’s basketball team has released a list of 19 players for the first phase of preparations for the Afrobasket competition, which the country will co-host with Tunisia from 8 to 16 September, 2017.Porfirio Fisac De Diego issued the list Thursday night which includes Georges Niang of Senegalese origin and Indiana Pacers players in the NBA, who was selected for the first time, along with Moussa Diagne (playing in Barcelona) and Pape Modou Mbaye (playing in Belgium).
The other highlight is the return of Mouhammad Faye, who was excluded from the group in 2015 in Tunisia following a clash with the then coach, Cheikh Sarr.
All the top players have assembled, including Gorgui Sy Dieng of the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), the technical leader of the group. Following is the list of the 19 selected ‘Lions’:
Point guards: Xane D’Almeida (Tarbes-Lourdes, France), Clevin Hannah (UCAM Murcia, Spain), Thierno Ibrahima Niang (Augustino-Leclerc, Spain), Sangone Niang (Zamorano, Spain)
Shooting guards: Adama Louis Adams (Douanes, Senegal), Mouhamadou Lamine Sambe (Rueil AC, France)
Small guards: Pape Modou Mbaye (CEP 1925, Belgium), Maleye Ndoye (Paris-Levallois, France), Antoine Mendy (Orleans, France), El Malick Ndiaye (Stade Gabesien, Tunisia)
Power forward: Mouhammad Faye (Promitheas, Greece), Djibril Thiam (Al Fateh, Saudi Arabia), Maurice Daly Ndiaye (free agent), George Niang (Indiana Pacers, NBA)
Centers: Gorgui Sy Dieng (Minnesota Imberwolves, NBA), Cheikh Tidiane Mbodji (Polski Cukier Torun, Poland), Hamady Ndiaye (Bnei-Hasharon, Israel), Cheikh Moussa Diagne (Barcelona, Spain), Youssoupha Ndiaye (JL Bourg, France).