Basketball Africa League Unveils Sahara Conference Rosters Ahead of Expanded 2022 Season

Official Basketball Africa League Rosters

The Basketball Africa League (BAL) has unveiled the rosters of the six teams that will compete in the league’s Sahara Conference group phase at the Dakar Arena in Senegal, which tipped off yesterday and runs through Tuesday, March 15.

The six teams collectively feature 78 players from 17 countries across Africa, Europe and the U.S.

In the season opener, Senegal’s Dakar Université Club (DUC) took on Guinea’s Seydou Legacy Athlétique Club (S.L.A.C) at 12:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. GMT on Canal+, ESPNews and TSN in the first of 38 games taking place across three cities over the next three months.

Each of the Sahara Conference’s six teams, which come from six African countries, will have up to 13 players, at least eight of whom are citizens of their respective team’s home country and up to four of whom are from other countries, with no more than two players per team from outside of Africa.

As part of the “BAL Elevate” program, each team’s 13th roster spot is reserved for one of 12 prospects from NBA Academy Africa, an elite basketball training center in Saly, Senegal for the top high-school age prospects from across Africa.

Eight players competing in the Sahara Conference group phase previously played in the NBA G League. Majok was drafted 58th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Team

Player

Country

Last G League Team

CFV (Mozambique)Randy Ozoemena OnwuasurNigeria/USASalt Lake City Stars
DUC (Senegal)Chadrack LufileDemocratic Republic of the CongoSioux Falls Skyforce
REG (Rwanda)Anthony Rashad WalkerUSAStockton Kings
S.L.A.C (Guinea)Marcus Christopher CrawfordUSAIowa Energy
S.L.A.C (Guinea)Dane Anthony Miller Jr.USAOklahoma City Blue
S.L.A.C (Guinea)Jawachi Josh NzeakorNigeriaMemphis Hustle
S.L.A.C (Guinea)Christopher Ewaoche ObekpaNigeriaSanta Cruz Warriors
US Monastir (Tunisia)Ater James MajokSudanLos Angeles D-Fenders

The six teams feature nine former NCAA Division I players:

Team

Player

Country

Last College/University

AS Salé (Morocco)Abdoulaye Harouna AmadouNigerMiami
AS Salé (Morocco)Terrell De Von StoglinUSAMaryland
REG (Rwanda)Javon Filer AdonisRwanda/USAFlorida Atlantic
REG (Rwanda)Alex Olenga MpoyoRwandaGrambling State
REG (Rwanda)Cleveland ThomasUSAWestern Kentucky
REG (Rwanda)Anthony Rashad WalkerUSATexas at Arlington
US Monastir (Tunisia)Michael Andre DixonUSAMemphis
US Monastir (Tunisia)Ater James MajokSudanConnecticut
US Monastir (Tunisia)Wassef MethnaniTunisiaFairfield

The Sahara Conference also features 11 players who previously participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program for top prospects from across the continent that has seen 10 former campers drafted into the NBA, including Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012) and Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011):

Team

Player

Country

BWB Experience

AS Salé (Morocco)Badreddine AzougaMorocco

BWB Africa 2012

AS Salé (Morocco)Abdelmajid El MadiniMorocco

BWB Africa 2015

CFV (Mozambique)Ermelino Orlando NovelaMozambique

BWB Africa 2009

CFV (Mozambique)Helton Sergio Jacinto UbisseMozambique

BWB Africa 2012

DUC (Senegal)Cheikh Bamba DialloSenegal

BWB Africa 2013

DUC (Senegal)Thierno NiangSenegal

BWB Africa 2008

S.L.A.C (Guinea)Christopher ObekpaNigeria

BWB Africa 2009

US Monastir (Tunisia)Firas LahyaniTunisia

BWB Africa 2009

US Monastir (Tunisia)Oussama MarnaouiTunisia

BWB Africa 2016

US Monastir (Tunisia)Wassef MethnaniTunisia

BWB Africa 2015

US Monastir (Tunisia)Mohamed Adam RassilTunisia

BWB Africa 2016

AS Salé head coach Liz Mills (Australia) will make history when she leads the Moroccan champions at the BAL, becoming the first woman to coach a BAL team and first woman to coach a Moroccan men’s team. REG is led by head coach and former NBA player Robert Pack. During his 13-year NBA career,

Pack played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, Washington Bullets, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Hornets.

The 12 BAL teams, which include defending BAL Champion Zamalek (Egypt), have been divided into two conferences – the Sahara Conference and the Nile Conference. Each conference will play a 15- game group phase during which each team will face the five other teams in its conference once.

The Sahara Conference group phase will take place at the Dakar Arena from March 5-15, while the Nile Conference group phase will take place at Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo, Egypt from April 9-19.

The top four teams from each conference will qualify for the BAL Playoffs, which will feature a single-elimination tournament and Finals at Kigali Arena in Rwanda from May 21-28.

Rosters for Nile Conference teams will be announced at a later date.