Saturday, August 8, 2015

Team Melo's Jason Murphy Makes NBA History

Team Melo’s Jason Murphey, a 6’8 budding superstar at the 2019 level recently returned from Africa representing the DMV at the first ever Africa Games. A week ago, Africa celebrated the first-ever NBA game played on the continent held in Johannesburg, South Africa, the game and event itself was reported to a dream that has become a reality for the continent.

Jason Murphy & Chris Paul

The purpose of Murphy and the NBA’s trip to South Africa, was to further increase the appetite for basketball in a place that is increasing producing top college and professional players – with the ultimate goal of turning their few into many. Africa even with a billion person population is slower to become a basketball factory – even with many visiting often searching for talent to bring back to the states, it is still behind Europe, Asia and South America. Using Australia as example they have been able to increase pro production in a relatively short time.

What needs to be increased in order for this to happen is for there to be improved high level coaching, better equipment and facilities and with the participation of the NBA and youth players showing it can be done to the youth of Africa they left the continent providing them with an air of hope.
Jason Murphy w/ "Muggsy" Bouges & Dikembe Mutumbo
This upcoming NBA season there are none African-born players currently on rosters:

Maurice Ndour (Dallas/Senegal), Salah Mejri (Dallas/Tunisia), Walter Tavares (Atlanta/Cape Verde) and Emanuel Mudiay (Denver/DR Congo) have signed their first contracts with NBA teams, and will be joining Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder/Congo), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves/Senegal), Luol Deng (Miami Heat/South Sudan), Mbah a Moute (free-agent/Cameroon), and Festus Ezeli (Golden State Warriors/Nigeria).
Jason Murphy w/ the Gasol brothers
Yanick Moreira (Angola) and Youssou Ndoye (Senegal) have pre-season agreements with the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs, respectively, and if all goes according to they plans, the number of Africa-born players could reach a record eleven players in a single season.

And, if the NBA Game Africa is to continue, we’ll probably have a chance to see some of the new recruits coming home to show their basketball skills as well.

Larry Miller, Jordan Brand CEO

This special historic event will be one that is looked back upon by NBA players, coaches, and youth participants such as Jason Murphey as a moment in history that changed the game of basketball as it will be known in the future. To have they youth representative derive from the DMV speaks volumes about the DMV area and places rising freshman Murphey as part of NBA history even before he steps on a high school campus.

Congrats to the Jason, his family, and the DMV area – this is a case regardless of team affiliation where everyone wins. Getting to meet Chris Paul, Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikimbe Mutumbo amongst many others was simply an added bonus to a trip we are sure Team Melo’s Muprhey, his family, and the area mustn’t ever forget!

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