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Cameroon’s pre-Olympic team gets big NBA boost

According to a team announcement (h/t FIBA ​​Basketball), the Cameroon national basketball team has added Indiana Pacers forward Pascal Siakam to their preliminary roster. Baylor center Yves Missi and NBA Academy Africa big man Ulrich Chomche have also been selected.

The Indomitable Lions head to Riga, Latvia, where they will face host nation Latvia, Brazil, Montenegro, Georgia and the Philippines in an Olympic qualifying tournament beginning July 2. If they win, they will earn a place in the Summer Olympics in Paris.

Cameroon’s pre-Olympic team gets big NBA boost

A frontcourt of Siakam, Missi and Chomche could thrive in the Olympic qualifiers and beyond.

There are few teams with a frontcourt that can score as well as Siakam. Team USA will have a dominant frontcourt with NBA stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Cameroonian center Joel Embiid. Team Canada’s RJ Barrett has momentum, averaging 21.8 points per game after his trade to the Toronto Raptors. The Greek national basketball team gets two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Still, Siakam, averaging 22.6 points per game over the past five seasons, is a potent offensive weapon.

The newcomers

With Missi and Chomche alongside him, their home defense has many advantages. Missi is a fluid and resilient 6-foot-1, 229-pound center. He is an elite shot blocker and could be a lottery pick in the upcoming draft.

Represented by top Klutch Sports agent Rich Paul, Chomche is a spellbinding proposition.

At 6-foot-1, 232 pounds with a 7-foot-4 wingspan, he can play either power forward or center. With his effort, length and shot-blocking instincts, he is also a great rim protector. But because he has great speed, he is able to guard in space. On the offensive end, he’s comfortable stretching the floor; 63.6 percent of his shots come from three-point range.

Jeremiah Hill

The key to unlocking their potential could be point guard Jeremiah Hill.

Hill was a standout at Valdosta State, appearing in 44 games for the Osceola Magic (the Orlando Magic’s G League affiliate) in 2018-19. Since then, he has traveled to several countries to make his hoop dream come true. This journey has taken him throughout the Eurasian continent, most recently to Runa in Moscow.

In 37 games with Runa, Hill averaged 13.5 points, 5.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

Hill’s craftiness and precision in passing allowed him to make life easy in the frontcourt. Moreover, he has already played with the Cameroon senior national team. This has not only made him familiar with teammates like Chomche, but he has also already shown how well he can perform when playing in attack. In the 2023 Olympic qualifiers, Hill averaged 18.3 points, 9.3 assists and 2.5 steals per game while leading Cameroon to a 4-0 record.

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