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About The NBA Academy Africa

NBA Academy Africa is an elite basketball training center in Senegal for the top male and female prospects from throughout Africa and the first of its kind on the continent. The academy is a partnership between the NBA and SEED Project (Sports for Education and Economic Development), a non-profit organization based in Thies, Senegal, that uses basketball as a platform to engage youth in academic, athletic and leadership programs and whose alumni include Gorgui Dieng (Memphis Grizzlies; Senegal; BWB Africa 2009).

In November 2018, the NBA opened a new elite basketball training center in Saly, Senegal to serve as the primary training location for NBA Academy Africa prospects from across the continent. The new facility features two indoor basketball courts, a multidimensional activity center, a swimming pool, a weight room, conference rooms as well as dormitories and educational facilities.

Coaching Staff

ROLAND HOUSTON
Technical Director
As the Technical Director of NBA Academy Africa, Roland Houston oversees all aspects of player development and coaching for top high school-age prospects from across the continent. Houston, a multilingual professional with more than 15 years of experience in the sports industry, has extensive coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level. Prior to his current role, Houston was an assistant coach at George Mason University in Virginia and LaSalle University in Pennsylvania, and was also an associate head coach at George Washington University, where he helped lead the team to two Atlantic 10 tournament championships and three consecutive appearances in the NCAA DI men’s basketball tournament. Houston played four years of collegiate basketball at Rhode Island University, where he served as team captain, before playing professionally for 13 years in Spain, Argentina, France and Israel.
ASTOU N'DIAYE
Associate Technical Director
Coach Astou N’Diaye was a two-time NAIA first-team All-American at South Nazarene University before going on to play eight seasons in the WNBA for the Detroit Shock, Indiana Fever, Houston Comets and Seattle Storm. Astou was also a member of the Senegalese National Team and competed in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. After her playing career, Coach N’Diaye served on the staff at Utah State University.
JOE TOUOMOU
Player Development Coach
As the associate technical director of NBA Academy Africa, Joe Touomou supports the day-to-day development and coaching of top high school-age players from across the continent. Prior to his current role, Touomou worked as a player development coach at the University of Missouri and Florida State University. Prior to that, he worked as an international scout for the Indiana Pacers before joining the Superfund Sports Academy in Austria as the director of player development for basketball. He also served as a basketball expert for the U.S. State Department’s Sports United Program for eight years and served as a coach for the Cameroon Men’s and Women’s National Teams at Afrobasket 2009. Touomou has been involved in the advancement of basketball across Africa for the past 18 years, having traveled to more than 30 countries for development camps and coaches clinics. He has served as a camp director at Basketball Without Borders Africa since the launch of the program in 2003, where he has coached NBA players including Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam and Luc Mbah a Moute. Touomou is the co-founder of Play 2 Lead Foundation, an organization that provides education and leadership opportunities to young Africans through sports. He also supports youth empowerment programs across the continent led by organizations including Giants of Africa, SEED and Adidas Nations Africa. Touomou played collegiate basketball at Georgetown University for Hall of Fame Coach John Thompson and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Government Studies.
Lala Fofana
Performance Lifestyle Practitioner
With a BA in Cultural Anthropology from CUNY, focusing on sociocultural deviance and critical race theory, Lala Fofana began working with NBA Africa Academy as a Performance Lifestyle Practitioner in 2021. Over the past decade, she has lived in Lyon, Boston, and New York City, where she engaged in field research on the themes of social alienation, symbolic interactions, gendered violence, and intersectionality. Her pedagogical approach is both interdisciplinary and ethnographic, to allow for greater nuance in understanding students' social backgrounds and academic needs, while facilitating cross-cultural interactions in diverse communities. In addition to conducting qualitative research, she has worked in the field of social entrepreneurship at Social Change factory and the Consortium Jeunesse Sénégal, two Senegalese organizations that aim to facilitate youth education, active citizenship, and socio-economic inclusion.
ISAIAH WEST
Strength and Conditioning Coach
As the strength and conditioning coach at NBA Academy Africa, Isaiah "Zay" West is responsible for optimizing athletic performance, improving player health and reducing the risk of injuries for top high school-age players throughout the continent. Prior to his current role, Zay served as a performance coach at Healthy Baller in Rockville, MD working with elite high school, college, and professional athletes across multiple sports. Zay attended George Mason University where he majored in Kinesiology and assisted with both Men’s & Women’s basketball for three seasons. During his collegiate tenure, Zay spent time interning in the WNBA with the Washington Mystics, and at the NBA Academy Africa in 2018. Zay is an NSCA (CSCS) certified coach, and he is dedicated to empowering and building relationships with his athletes in efforts to help them achieve their full potential both on and off the court.
SIDY SALL
Player Development Coach
Sidy is a native of Senegal West Africa and graduated from SEED Academy before joining Christian Brothers University on a full athletic scholarship. As a Buc, Sall garnered multiple GSC Player of the Week Awards, earned a Tennessee Sportswriters Association Award and participated in three GSC Tournament Finals (2013 Champions). In his senior campaign Sall led his team in minutes played (811) and averaged an impressive 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Sidy graduated CBU with a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration with an international business focus. Upon graduation, Coach Sall played at the professional level for three years in three different countries (Bolivia ’15, Morocco ’16, and Bahrain 17’). In his final professional season Sall led the Bahrain League in points and rebounds but unfortunately had to retire earlier due to an knee injury. Upon his retirement, Coach Sall specializes in youth player development with the Memphis Grizzlies (2018-2020), NBA Basketball Without Borders (2019- Present) and NBA Academy Africa (2020- Present)

Current Roster

Player Name Position Country of Origin Age Height
DRAMANE SAYON CAMARA g France / Mali 6'5
RUEBEN ABUCHI CHINYELU f Nigeria 6'10
KIIR KIIR CHOL g/f South Sudan 17 6'6
THIERRY SERGE DARLAN g Central African Republic 6'6
IMRAN MOHAMED DEEN g Sierra Leone 6'6
AMAR ANKOU DIOP g Senegal 6'5
MATAR DIOP f Senegal 6'8
VICTOR EZEH g Nigeria 18 6'4
JOY IGHOVODJA g Nigeria 6'4
ULRICH KAMKA-CHOMCHE g/f Cameroon 15 6'9
MAMADOU KANE c Senegal 7'1
UGONNA KINGSLEY ONYENSO f/c Nigeria 16 6'10
THOKBOR DAVID ATHORBEI MAJAK f South Sudan 7'0
TITO TONG DENG MAJOK f South Sudan 7'1
KHAMAN MADIT MALUACH f South Sudan 7'0
MAMBOUROU MARA g Guinea 6'6
PARBY KAMBAMBA MUSONGELA g Democratic Republic of Congo 6'5
BRIGHT OGBEMUDIA NOSAKHARE f Nigeria 6'8
CHARLES LOIC ONANA AWANA g Cameroon 6'7
DANIEL QUANTIN AKOUE g Gabon 15 6'7
BABACAR SANE g/f Senegal 18 6'6
IBRAHIMA KHALIL AKIR SOUARE f Guinea 6'10
MAHAMAT DOUNGOUSI TAHIR f Chad 6'11
MATAR WADE g Senegal 6'6