The Basketball Africa League (BAL) hosted a combine in Paris, France on January 15-16 at The One Ball Training Center ahead of their third season that is scheduled to tip off in Dakar, Senegal on March 11. Thirty players from around the world participated in the two-day scouting event.
Former Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder served as the combine camp director, and he was joined by his former player Ed Davis. Davis, who played 12 seasons in the NBA, talked with HoopsHype in a wide-ranging conversation about his experience at the combine, his career, young stars in the NBA, and of course, Victor Wembanyama.
How has the BAL combine been out in Paris?
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Ed Davis: It’s going well, man. It’s my first time really being around this organization, you know what they got going on and I got to really talk to some people and see what they got planned for the future, and being around these prospects I can go over there so it’s been a great experience.
The BAL is now in its third season, what do you see in the future for the league?
ED: I actually see amazing things. They got a lot of support behind it. A lot of people are passionate about it. It’s basketball and it’s gonna grow and it has a lot of potential for sure.
Can you go through what bought you to help out at the BAL combine?
ED: Yeah, so I have a good relationship with Coach Q, Quin Snyder. He’s pretty much the camp coach director, we keep in contact, he mentioned it and it was an opportunity I definitely wanted to take, an experience.
Is coaching or scouting something that you’re interested in now or in the near future?
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ED: Yeah, for sure. I definitely want to be around basketball, in some capacity. I don’t know exactly where I’m going to go or where it’s going to take me, but it’s in my blood so I can’t walk away from it.
What sort of advice/guidance are you hoping to give these young players?
ED: I mean, all sorts of stuff, especially the big men here, just trying to teach things I learned throughout my career that helped me and that I’ve seen. I’ve been telling these guys, just enjoy the…
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Publish date : 2023-01-21 17:36:31
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