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From Mali to Florida – the amazing story of an African basketball star

From Mali to Florida – the amazing story of an African basketball star

SILALEI SHANI, BIRD STORY AGENCY WHEN Malian national and Arizona men’s basketball centre, Oumar Ballo, was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2022 Maui Invitational in late November, the powerful, 7-feet-tall player made it clear he was Africa's next big name in basketball. After averaging 21 points and 10.7 rebounds and a career-high 30 points and 13 rebounds in the title game vs. Creighton, Ballo garnering plenty of attention. The junior from Mali is no new face to African basketball’s highlight reels, however,. Ballo played for Mali at the 2017 FIBA Under-16 African Championship in Mauritius, averaging 14 points…
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