The world as we know it is more connected than ever. Communication across the globe is easier than ever, and add the fuel of social media to the fire and any kid in any country has the chance of being seen by a scout. Since the 1992 United States Olympic team— famously dubbed “The Dream Team”—showcased the beautiful game of hoops at the highest level for the whole world to see, an increasing percentage of the league has come from countries outside the United States. Guys like Hakeem Olajuwon, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and now Joel Embiid have helped turn the dream of being in the NBA into a reality for a whole new generation of African-born basketball players. Adem Bona from Lagos, Nigeria is hoping to be the next chapter in a line of great international hoopers.
Adem Bona was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where he first fell in love with proper football. It wasn't hard to spot Bona on the pitch, standing at almost seven feet tall. It was then he was approached by trainer Christopher Wilson, and as Bona recalls: