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​Although Basketball Hub | Dubai is a new facility, the programs it houses have been trailblazers and leaders in the Middle East basketball community for more than a decade.  The legacy of these programs is well documented and unparalleled and they continue to pioneer the underdeveloped grassroots basketball community in the MENA region by supporting high profile initiatives that impact the lives and development of young athletes​:

  • Dubai Tribe U18 boys team's 2012 trip to USA to compete in tournaments in Kentucky and Indiana marked the first time in the Middle East that a club team ever competed in the USA summer basketball exposure circuit.

  • 2014 MENA Basketball Showcase hosted the first ever high school MENA all-star game.

  • MENA All-Stars team competed in 2015 and 2017 Junior International Tournament in Italy.  The MENA All-Stars Teams consisted of players from 9 countries on average each year. The 2015 team was the first ever regional all-star team formed within the MENA region.

  • Discovery of 14 year old prodigy Chol Marial (South Sudan) 7’2” tall with 7’9” wingspan. Ranked as high as top 5 high school players in USA by ESPN while he was attending high school in USA.

  • Behnam Yakhchali (Iran) went on to participate in 2014 FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup in Spain. Currently starting point guard of Iranian Men's National Team.

  • Mohammad Yousofvand (Iran) was voted MVP of 2014 NBA Basketball Without Borders Asia camp 2 weeks after competing in Dubai.  He also attended 2016 adidas Eurocamp (the only official NBA pre-draft camp in Europe) where he was ranked among top 20 players at camp.

  • Salare Monji (Iran) was a member of 2016 Iranian National Team Program.

  • Achref Gannouni (Tunisia) lead all scorers in 2014 FIBA Africa Championship (U18) after competing in Dubai

  • Abdulrahman Saad (Qatar) lead all scorers in 2014 FIBA Asia Championship (U18).

  • Jad Khalil (Lebanon) lead all scorers in 2015 Junior International Tournament in Italy. Currently a starting point guard for iconic Champville SC in Lebanon as well as a member of the Lebanese National Team.

  • Jordi Menkhorst became the first UAE raised basketball player to compete for 4 years on an NCAA basketball team.

  • Leonard Okiti became the first UAE raised basketball player to receive a basketball scholarship at an NCAA University.

  • Ayoub Nouhi (Moroccan descent) lead Belgium’s U18 3x3 national team to the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship in 2017 and earned MVP honors for his dominant performance.  He followed that up with joining the Men’s Basketball team at NCAA Division 1 University of Texas Arlington on a basketball scholarship.

  • Ibrahim Hamati is currently a member of the Jordanian Men's National Team Program.

  • Mortadha Ben Taher lead Tunisia to the U18 Arab Basketball Championship and was the leading scorer of the tournament.

  • Ammar Faroug received a basketball scholarship to American University in Dubai.  Upon graduation, he continued his playing career at a professional level by joining the Al Jazeera SC men’s basketball team in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

  • Yousef Shatat received a basketball scholarship to American University in Sharjah (UAE).

  • Kemo Senko received a basketball scholarship to Rochester Institute of Technology in Dubai, UAE.

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