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Basketball Africa League to hold its first scouting combine

The two-day scouting event will take place in New York on Dec. 4 and 5

The new Basketball Africa League will hold its first scouting combine in Brooklyn, New York, on Wednesday and Thursday at the Brooklyn Nets’ practice facility, a source told ESPN’s The Undefeated.

The BAL Combine will be held at the Hospital for Special Surgery Training Center, where, the source said, the participating players will engage in anthropometric and athletic testing, positional skill development and 5-on-5 games in front of scouts, coaches and African basketball executives from teams playing in the BAL qualifying tournaments.

BAL president Amadou Gallo Fall will be at the combine, where former NBA head coach P.J. Carlesimo will be the camp director, the source said. Carlesimo’s staff will include former NBA head coach Paul Westhead, former NBA players Charlie Bell, Jaren Jackson Sr. and Theo Ratliff, Angola men’s national team head coach Will Voigt and former NCAA men’s head coach Tom Parrotta.

Also expected to attend are FIBA Africa president and BAL board president Anibal Manave, G League Capital City GoGo general manager Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo and two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng.

Former NBA players Jordan Adams, Rodney Carney, Yakhouba Diawara, Tim Quarterman and Chris Smith are scheduled to try out, as well as 20 former G League players.

All 12 participating teams will have 12 active players and up to four inactive players. Eight roster spots must go to citizens of their teams’ home country, four can be from elsewhere and only two can be from outside of Africa.

The BAL inaugural season is scheduled in March 2020 and will take place in Cairo; Dakar, Senegal; Lagos, Nigeria; Luanda, Angola; Rabat, Morocco; and Monastir, Tunisia. The first BAL Finals will take place in Kigali, Rwanda.

The BAL is the NBA’s first league outside of North America and was announced on Feb. 16 at the NBA All-Star 2019 Africa Luncheon. Former president Barack Obama is among the supporters of the league. Nike and Jordan Brand are the outfitters of the BAL teams, the source said.

Marc J. Spears is the senior NBA writer for Andscape. He used to be able to dunk on you, but he hasn’t been able to in years and his knees still hurt.