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Monday, January 30, 2006
Americans Recruiting in Nigeria


Eli Saslow of the Washington Post has a great series going on about recruiting basketball players from Africa. Today there's an article about one assistant coach's trip to Nigeria.
He made his assessment seconds after the camp's opening whistle, having watched the players stand up and run to center court.

"They're huge!" Steele said. "This is unbelievable -- even better than I thought. I've never seen this many big kids in one room in my whole life."

Thirty of the players stood at least 6 feet 9, and a half dozen eclipsed 7 feet. Many of them, all ages 14 through 18, would grow taller still. When they ran through layup drills, several players slapped their hands against the backboard without needing to jump.
Thanks to Kerry Seed for the heads up.