SHEFFIELD (Julio Chitunda's African Message) - The year is almost over, which means we can now review Africa's breakthrough players over the course of the last twelve months.
Omar Abada (Tunisia
Six years ago, Abada was making waves at FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup, and by the time former national head coach Adel Tlatli called him up for the men's team at FIBA AfroBasket 2015, the Etoile Sportive de Rades point guard grabbed the opportunity with two hands.
A month ago, during the African Qualifiers, he finished Tunisia's first-leg of Group A without missing a single three-pointer attempt (8/8). He has scored 88.9% of his field goal attempts, 100% of this 3-point shots and 80% from the free-throw line.
Needles to say that he played a major role in helping Tunisia win the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 in September.
Herve Kabasele (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Arguably, the revelation player at FIBA AfroBasket 2017, the 6ft10in (2.08m) power forward/center became the Democratic Republic of Congo's most efficient player with a team-high 14.8 points per game.
At 21 years of age, and a huge potential, he helped the Congolese rise from the ashes of African basketball.
In a matter of months, Kabasele moved DR Congo's New Generations to sign to Club Baloncesto Breogan in Spain's Second Tier.
Gerson Domingos (Angola)
A lefty point guard with an ability to shoot from long range, the 21-year-old emerges as a legit replacement for Armando Costa.
The former MVP at FIBA Africa U18 Championship made his debut with the senior team at 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and he has stepped up when Angola needed him most at the FIBA Basketball 2019 African Qualifiers last month.
Mohamed Choua (Morocco)
Sami Al Wariaci (Morocco)
Al Wariaci only needed two years to prove his talent. Having led his country to a Fifth-Place at 2015 FIBA Africa U16 Championship, he made his debut with senior at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers last month at the 18.
Ali Lahrichi (Morocco)
At 24, the 6ft3in (1.92m) guard represents the future of Morocco basketball.
Boubacar Sidibe (Mali)
Helton Ubisse (Mozambique)
Ikenna Iroegbu (Nigeria)
Ike Diogu may have been the heart of Nigeria at FIBA AfroBasket 2017, but the 22-year-old point guard Iroegbu was the soul of the team.
In his first appearance for the former African champions, he was simply phenomenal, and his 14.8 points and tournament-high five assists per game translate his impact on a team that had only a couple of weeks of preparation.
Maurice Ndour (Senegal)
By Julio Chitunda for FIBA.com