The Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) can once again pride itself in helping mold another world class athlete. This time, it's in the form of Tanzanian basketball prodigy, Hasheem Thabeet. The 7'3'' Hashim becomes the first East African and only 3rd African (after Manut Bol [Sudan], Dikembe Mutombo [DRC] and Hakeem Olajuwon [Nigeria]) to be drafted into the NBA. NBA pundits are already comparing him to the mercurial Congolese centre, Dikembe Mutombo.
Hashim honed his basketball skills at Makongo High School in Bongo, before being spotted by Mr. Kirimi of Laiser Hill Academy during the East Africa Games in 2006. Kirimi didn't waste any time and quickly drafted the teen to his side. Laiser Hill Academy then went on to lift the KSSSA title in '07 and the East Africa title the same year. It was during these games that Hasheem was spotted by scouts from the U.S. The rest, like they say, is history.
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