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UE’s Alex Diakhite turns pro with BAL’s DUC


Adama Diakhite made his professional debut on Saturday evening (Manila time).

Diakhite scored 17 points in Dakar Université Club’s (DUC) 70-85 loss to Seydou Legacy Athlétique Club (SLAC) in the 2022 Basketball Africa League’s Sahara Conference held at the Dakar Arena in Senegal.

Besides being the high-point man of DUC, Diakhite also tallied three rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes of play.

By playing in the game, Diakhite, 24, will no longer be eligible to play with University of the East this year.

The BAL is Africa’s premier men’s basketball league and is a professional club league.

The 6-foot-9 Senegalese big man transferred from Diliman College to UE back in 2018.

During his first year with the Red Warriors, Diakhite averaged 17.62 points, 13.69 rebounds, 2.31 assists, and 1.46 blocks, steering UE to a 4-10 record.UAAP82-MBB-13TH-PHOTO-ALEX-DIAKHITE UE's Alex Diakhite turns pro with BAL's DUC Basketball News UAAP UE  - philippine sports news

Diakhite has since gone home to Senegal over the past two years before signing with DUC.

DUC qualified for the BAL after winning the 2021 Nationale 1 league.

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