Boris Diaw was born and raised in France, the son of national women’s basketball standout Élisabeth Riffiod. But his immediate roots stretch all the way to Senegal in Africa, where his father Issa Diaw was an elite high jumper before moving to study and compete at France’s national sports institute. Diaw has returned to those roots this summer with his participation in the SEED Project to help launch Senegal’s only girls high school basketball and academic academy. In addition to participating in various camps and practices, Diaw has taken the time to visit his dad, a lawyer who was recently elected mayor of his ancestral hometown of Mpal, and take in the splendor of the African countryside. Diaw, a noted photography buff, is chronicling his adventures via Instagram.
Mbah a Moute said he would like to see the NBA increase its efforts to recruit in Africa. “The rate at which it’s going, I don’t like,” he said. “I would like to see it bigger and faster. But [basketball] is growing. The NBA is doing a good job of trying to get in the continent. There’s more African players or African-descent players coming into the NBA, so that’s been good as far as helping. But I think we need more guys going in there and trying to do stuff to help. We do our best and there’s a lot of other guys in the NBA who have some African blood that are trying to do stuff. The more we do that, things are going to continue to get better.”