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15 of Africa’s top high school basketball players going to the US

By on November 14, 2010 in News

Press release:

On November 18, Miles and Associates International, a leading basketball development firm in Africa is boarding a flight to Washington, D.C. with 15 of Africa’s top high school basketball players from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Angola and Mozambique.

These players were selected from “top 40 elite player camps” that were conducted in each country. The African all-star team is composed of the top 3 players (ages 14-18) from each of the 5 countries. The 15 players were selected from “Sprite Slam” camps that were directed by current and former NBA players Hasheem Thabeet (Tanzania), Steve Smith and Marty Conlon (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda), and Horace Grant (Angola, Mozambique).

In pictures (see attached pdf)

The youth will spend a week in the United States receiving high level basketball instruction, strength and conditioning training, competing against top high school teams and sightseeing. The program sponsor (Sprite) has also ensured that they will be able to attend live NBA games in both Washington, D.C. and Memphis, Tennessee.

“Most of these young men will be traveling outside of their communities for the first time. This is young people that have managed to use their passion, drive and exceptional talent to make some of their wildest dreams come true.”

Full schedule (doc)

(Michael Finley: Managing Director: Miles & Associates International)

About Miles and Associates International

Miles & Associates International (MAI) has been developing youth through the game of basketball on the continent of Africa for over 15 years. MAI first began sport through development activities in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1995 when founder Michael Finley relocated from the U.S. to South Africa to follow his passion of fostering youth development through the game of basketball. MAI has remained committed to the mission of building the industry of basketball in Africa as a tool for development.

Some of MAI’s key development highlights since 1995:

  1. Constructed and refurbished over 500 basketball courts in more than 10 African countries.
  2. Conceptualized, launched and implemented South Africa’s largest youth basketball league (a national high school & primary school league with over 50,000 players that all graduated from an 11 module life skills program)
  3. Designed “HIV/AIDS prevention through sport” content package and trained more than 10,000 South African sports teachers to educate youth about HIV.
  4. Secured scholarships for more than 25 African student athletes to attend American high schools and universities


Petronella Nkosi

Miles and Associates International

PR liason

Michael Finley, Director

Miles and Associates International

Information provided by Michael Finley and edited by Victor Shakineza

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