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Alpha Kaba (born January 29, 1996) is a French professional basketball player for ASVEL Basket of the LNB Pro A.

Alpha Kaba
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Kaba in 2015
No. 7 – ASVEL
PositionPower forward / Center
LeagueLNB Pro A
EuroCup
Personal information
Born (1996-01-29) January 29, 1996 (age 23)
Blois, France
NationalityFrench / Guinean
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career2014–present
Career history
2014–2015Élan Béarnais Pau-Orthez
20152017Mega Leks
2017–presentASVEL
Career highlights and awards

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CareerEdit

He spent the early parts of his career at Romorantin-Lanthenay town where he had grown up.[1] From 2009 to 2011, Kaba played for ADA Blois[2] before joining the youth ranks of Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez. He made his professional debut in the French elite league Pro A on September 26, 2014, tallying two points and four rebounds in nine minutes of play against Entente Orléans 45.[3]

In July 2015, Kaba signed with Serbian club Mega Leks.[4] In his second season with the Mega Leks, Kaba became the Adriatic League's leading rebounder for the entire 2016-17 season. In 2016, Kaba originally entered his name for the 2016 NBA draft, but ultimately withdrew his name on the day of the international deadline. A year later, he put his name as an international entry for the 2017 NBA draft. On June 22, 2017, Kaba was selected with the final pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks.[5]

On July 28, 2017, Kaba signed a three-year contract with ASVEL Basket.[6]

International careerEdit

In 2014, Kaba played for the French under 18 national team at the Albert-Schweitzer-Tournament in Germany[7] and at the European Championships in Turkey,[8] earning Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention.[9]

He helped the French under 20 national team reach the semifinals of the 2015 European Championships in Italy.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Kaba is of Guinean descent and he is eligible to represent Guinea because of this.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alpha Kaba a bien grandi". www.lanouvellerepublique.fr. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  2. ^ "Alpha Kaba n'a pas oublié l'ADA Blois". www.lanouvellerepublique.fr. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  3. ^ "Pau-Lacq-Orthez / Orléans - 1ère journée - 2014/15 – Résultat match - Pro A – LNB.fr". www.lnb.fr. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  4. ^ "Deux pépites françaises filent en Serbie". www.bebasket.fr. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  5. ^ "Hawks Select John Collins, Tyler Dorsey and Alpha Kaba In 2017 Draft". NBA.com. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "Asvel inks big man Kaba". Eurocupbasketball.com. 28 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  7. ^ "AST 2014 France «  Deutscher Basketball Bund". www.basketball-bund.de. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  8. ^ "Alpha Kaba | U18 European Championship Men (2014) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  9. ^ "European Championships U18 Basketball, Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings - eurobasket.com". www.eurobasket.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  10. ^ "Alpha Kaba | U20 Europe Championship Men - Division A". u20men.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  11. ^ "Basketball : Alpha Kaba, l'homme qui "pourrait qualifier la Guinée à la Coupe du Monde" – ledeclic.info". www.ledeclic.info.

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