CORPUS CHRISTI (FIBA AfroBasket 2017) - Egypt's new generation of players has matured enough in recent years and is now set to compete against Africa's best national teams. At least that's Ehab Amin's belief.
The Texas A&M Corpus Christi's point guard, who has become one of the rising stars in Egypt's basketball ranks, is adamant that they possess players, a skilled coach (Juan Orenga) and structures to become a continental powerhouse that Egypt once were.
"Winning a medal in the next AfroBasket should be the minimum our generation should be aiming for," Amin told FIBA.com.
Winners of two African championships (1983 and 1975), Egypt have found in USA colleges as well as successful youth basketball programmes in the country an answer to launch the country's name on the international basketball map.
And although the Pharaohs have experienced some success recently, it's this summer's continental championship in Congo-Brazzaville (19-30 August) that should serve as a turning point for the North Africans' basketball.
It's in Congo-Brazzaville that Amin, and a pool of talented Egyptian players, some of whom with USA collegiate basketball experience, hope to go up against continental powerhouses Senegal, Nigeria, Angola and Tunisia.
"At the last AfroBasket, the team was still in a formation phase with many players in their first or second AfroBasket," Amin recalled of Egypt's FIBA AfroBasket 2015 campaign where they were prevented from causing a lot more damage because of a 83-63 Quarter-Finals defeat to Angola.
Amin missed out last month's FIBA AfroBasket 2017 Zone 5 qualifier due to his academic commitments to the Texas A&M Corpus Christi University.
But he looks forward to his return this summer.
"Playing for the national team is an honour and a responsibility," the 21-year-old explained. "I would always try to manage the timings between my commitments to the university and my commitment to the national team.
In the meantime, Amin continues making waves in USA Collegiate ranks.