Mr. Gbade Olatana, the proprietor of Youth Alive Basketball Academy, said on Thursday that he was proud of the success of the Youth Alive Basketball League, which has produced many talents since it started in 2013.
Olatana expressed this in an exclusive interview in Lagos, adding that the league's products had achieved varying degrees of success at local and international scenes.
He highlighted Charles Bassey as the most notable success story, currently plying his trade in the U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) for the San Antonio Spurs.
Olatana expressed pride in Bassey’s achievements, emphasizing that he developed through the Youth Alive Basketball League system.
He also mentioned that Bassey, who had visited Nigeria once since becoming a superstar, would return to the country to invest in youth development projects.
“We can assure everyone that Bassey will be investing in youth games. He developed through the Youth Alive League and definitely wants to give back.
“As the proprietor of the league, I am proud to have one of our ambassadors playing top-flight basketball in the U.S.
“He once visited Nigeria in July with a massive convoy of cars/security that made it look like the Executive Governor of Lagos State was around.
“He promised to be back and would donate massively to the development of the youth league, and as we round up the year, we hope to hear from him to fulfill his promise,” Olatana said.
According to the proprietor, many other young stars like Okiki Michael, Odufuwa Koinsola, Daramola Michael, Victor Eze, Ifunaiya Okoye, and Elizabeth Balogun have represented Nigeria at the international scene.
Olatana stated that many of the players were discovered and nurtured at the Basketball Academy but went on to play for the Nigerian National Teams (D’Tigers and D’Tigresses).
He added that many other budding stars were playing for clubs in the domestic league.