Philadelphia 76ers Power Forward, Nerlens Noel will likely be the cornerstone of the next Haitian selection in international basketball competition. The player spent three days in Haiti between Friday September 9 and Sunday, the 11th, and agreed to wear the colors of Haiti in the next international competitions.
“I’m ready to play for Haiti with the goal of putting the team in a good position internationally,” said the 22-year player who already has three NBA seasons on his resume.
Nerlens took the opportunity to participate Saturday, September 10 in a talent identification camp that was organized by the Haitian Federation of Basketball (FHB) in conjunction with the organization he leads called Power Forward. One hundred young people took part in this activity at Vincent gymnasium. It was an opportunity to display his intention to help develop young basketball players.
“For me, the key is to offer these young people the opportunity to exhibit their talent to the United States. Besides the opportunity to play in the NBA, those who are gifted can attend universities. Basketball is a sport of opportunity, and I’m here to offer this opportunity to Haitian youth,” he advised.
In addition to these commitments, Noel sees the importance of rising to the rank of ambassador of basketball. A title which was made official by the president of the FHB, John Henry.
“Nerlens is the first NBA player who officially agreed to play for Haiti. He is now the new ambassador of Haiti basketball. This symbolic gesture will allow him to help the Federation to find young basketball players of Haitian origin wishing to play for the country. It will also help in the economic life of basketball across funds sunrises,” projected the president.
For his part, the national technical director of Power Forward, Jason Valbrun, interpreted the new post for Noel as a promotional tool for the sport of the round ball. He had no doubt that Haitians will feel the effect of this partnership within a year.
“Nerlens is the element around which we will build the Haitian selection. Thanks to his presence, other players will probably join up. We’re going to make the playoffs in various regional competitions. This is why the players playing in Haiti should improve their performance to be worthy of those who come from abroad mainly from the United States. Because our goal remains the World Cup 2019 and the Olympics in 2020,” said Jason Valbrun.
Nerlens Noel was drafted in 2013 by the New Orleans Pelicans, he transferred the same year in Philadelphia. With this franchise, he has already played three seasons in the NBA.