Rwandan president Paul Kagame believes that the National Basketball Association (NBA) can get more talent from the African continent.
He expressed this view at a reception hosted by the league in New York City, where he is attending the 73rd UN General Assembly this week. Also there were NBA commissioner Adam Silver and his Kenyan counterpart, president Uhuru Kenyatta, among others.
President Kagame has on numerous occasions commended NBA’s effort to nurture and scout basketball talent from around the globe.
He noted that although many Africans have played and continue to play in the NBA, there are many more who have the ability join the league.
President Kagame also pointed out that drafting African players into the NBA exposes them to other opportunities such as better education.
In August this year, president Kagame joined commissioner Silver and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri at the launch of this year’s Giants of Africa training camp in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.
The three-day camp is an initiative seeking to give African youth access to professional basketball training as a conduit to empowering them to achieve their full potential.
The Giants of Africa camp is also held in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Ivory Coast.