Cameroonian Christian Koloko was finally taken by the Toronto Raptors in 33rd place, Senegalese Khalifa Diop by Cleveland Cavaliers in 39th and Congolese Yannick Nzosa in 54th, on June 23, 2022 in Brooklyn, during the recruitment session (Draft) for North American basketball. League (NBA). A draft in which Italian-American Paolo Banchero was first chosen by the Orlando Magic.
Three new African players should soon join the best basketball league in the world, the North American League (NBA). They are Cameroonian Christian Koloko, 22, born in Douala; Senegalese Khalifa Diop, 20; and Congolese Yannick Nzosa, 18, from Kinshasa.
All three were taken during the annual recruitment session for the best young basketball players, Draften. A ceremony, held on June 23, 2022 in Brooklyn, that saw Italian-American Paolo Banchero is appointed firstby Orlando Magic.
Koloko, Diop and Nzosa had to wait for the second round of the draft (each of the 30 NBA teams has the right to recruit two elements, in theory), which does not guarantee them a contract as solid as for beginners (rookies) selected in the first round.
Christian Koloko with another Cameroonian, Pascal SiakamChristian Koloko finally landed on the Toronto Raptors, after negotiations. A very African destination since the Canadian franchise has in its ranks the famous Cameroonian Pascal Siakam and the promising Nigerian Precious Achiuwa, and its boss is the Nigerian Masai Ujiri.
Khalifa Diop, for his part, can therefore leave his Spanish club Gran Canaria for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In any case, he will be the first Senegalese native to be drafted since Gorgui Dieng in 2013.
Finally, Yannick Nzosa, who also plays in Spain, on the Unicaja Malaga side, is a bit of a surprise guest on this Draft 2022. Will the Washington Wizards give this very young interior a real chance?
Finally, note that five other players of African descent have been drafted this year: French-Senegalese Ousmane Dieng (11th, New York Knicks), American-Nigerians Ochai Agbaji (14th, Cleveland Cavaliers) and Mark Williams (15th) , Charlotte Hornets)), and the Frenchman of Guinean and Malian descent Moussa Diabaté (43rd, Los Angeles Clippers) and the French-Ivorian Ismaël Kamagaté (46th, Detroit Pistons).