Oumar Ballo through the years
Oumar Ballo's Basketball Journey
Oumar Ballo is a malian basketball player born on July 13, 2002. His height is six foot eight (2m08 / 6'8") and plays center.
From Shaq to Ballo!
Favorite NBA player of Oumar used to be Shaquille O'Neal while he grew up in Koulikoro (Mali). Oumar started to play basketball intensively around 11 years old after a first successful try out at Canterbury Academy (Las Palmas, Spain). With Canterbury (i.e. CIBA), he was named MVP of the U16 Spanish league in May 2017 and its team finished at the third place behind Real Madrid and Barcelona.
In the summer of 2018, Oumar played the FIBA U17 World Cup and reached unbelievable basketball stats with an average of 20.6 points (55.2 FG%) and 16.9 rebounds… including 3 monster performances:
Ballo confirms serious NBA prospect status
At the beginning of the 2018-2019 season, Oumar Ballo injured its ankle and missed most of the season within a training center in Mexico City (linked to the NBA Academy Latin America). In February 2019, Ballo joined the NBA All Star week-end in Charlotte with the Basketball Without Borders camp alongside other basketball prospects such as: Cashius McNeilly (Canada), Matej Rudan (Croatia), Killian Hayes (France), Matthieu Gauzin (France), Jermaine Miranda (Puerto Rico), …
During the 2019 summer, Oumar Ballo joined its National team to play the FIBA U19 World Cup in Heraklion (Greece). He was one the youngest basketball player in the competition as he only reached 17 years old on July 13th, a few days after the world cup final. Yes, Oumar performed amazing performances with a stats average of 18.3 points, 13.0 rebounds and 4 blocks per game! More important, he led Mali to the final against the USA following: