Alpha Kaba

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Alpha Kaba
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Kaba in 2015
No. 27 – Gaziantep Basketbol
PositionPower forward / Center
LeagueBSL
Personal information
Born (1996-01-29) 29 January 1996 (age 26)
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
2015–2017Mega Leks
2017–2019ASVEL
2019–2020Boulazac
2020–2021Nanterre 92
2021–presentGaziantep Basketbol
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Alpha Kaba (born 29 January 1996) is a French-Guinean professional basketball player for Gaziantep Basketbol of the Basketbol Süper Ligi (BSL). He plays for the Guinea national basketball team.

Career

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 26 September 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 22 June 2017 Kaba was selected with the final pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks.[5]

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

On 18 September 2019 he signed with Boulazac Basket Dordogne of LNB Pro A.[7] He averaged 8.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Kaba signed with Nanterre 92 on 3 July 2020.[8] On 21 November he was named EuroCup player of the week, after posting 21 points and twelve rebounds in a win against Aquila Basket Trento.[9]

On 28 July 2021 Kaba signed with Gaziantep of the ING Basketbol Süper Ligi.[10] He was named the MVP of the regular season after helping Gaziantep finish in the fourth place, while averaging 13.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.[11]

International career

In 2014, Kaba played for the French under 18 national team at the Albert-Schweitzer-Tournament in Germany[12] and at the European Championships in Turkey,[13] earning Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Honorable Mention.[14]

He helped the French under 20 national team reach the semifinals of the 2015 European Championships in Italy.[15]

In his senior career, Kaba switched to play for the Guinea national basketball team.

Personal life

Alpha Kaba is of Guinean descent.

References

  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. ^ "Alpha Kaba signs with Boulazac". Sportando. September 18, 2019. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  8. ^ "Nanterre signs Alpha Kaba". Sportando. July 3, 2020. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  9. ^ "Alpha Kaba gets MVP of the Week award for EuroCup". Eurobasket. November 21, 2020. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  10. ^ Terrasi Borghesan, Ennio (July 28, 2021). "Gaziantep announces 1-year deal with Alpha Kaba". Sportando.basketball. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  11. ^ "ING Basketbol Süper Ligi'nde Sezonun En Değerli Oyuncusu Alpha Kaba Ödülünü Aldı". tbf.org.tr (in Turkish). May 16, 2022. Retrieved May 16, 2022.
  12. ^ "AST 2014 France «  Deutscher Basketball Bund". www.basketball-bund.de. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  13. ^ "Alpha Kaba | U18 European Championship Men (2014) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  14. ^ "European Championships U18 Basketball, Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings - eurobasket.com". www.eurobasket.com. Retrieved 2016-03-30.
  15. ^ "Alpha Kaba | U20 Europe Championship Men - Division A". u20men.fibaeurope.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-09. Retrieved 2016-03-30.

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