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Assem Marei was profiled as one of five best Egyptian abroad basketball talents. Marei began his career with Egyptian giants Zamalek SC in 2010. He played there for one year before moving to the United States to play for the Minnesota State Mavericks in the NCAA. With the Mavericks, Marei improved every year and repeatedly found himself on the all-conference teams.
Marei finished his four-year Mavericks career sixth all-time in scoring, seventh in rebounds, second in blocks, and second in field goal percentage (59.1%). Marei then signed as a free agent for Lithuanian team BC Šiauliai in October 2015. With Siauliai, Marei won the 2016 Baltic Basketball League title. After the season, he signed a contract with German team Medi Bayreuth.
However, Marei has expressed his interest in playing in the NBA, and he will have his chance this summer. The Summer League is an opportunity for young players, untapped talents, and undrafted rookies to impress teams throughout the NBA. Assem will be playing for the Knicks, who present to him a wonderful opportunity to make the team. The Knicks currently only have six players signed for next year, and Marei will be looking to provide much needed depth.
Assem is an integral part of the Egyptian national team, consistently featuring since first being introduced world-wide at the FIBA U-19 world Championships.
The 24-year-old forward is looking to join Abdel Nader as the two Egyptians in the NBA this year. The Iowa State graduate was drafted 58th overall by the Boston Celtics in last week’s NBA Draft. Nader and Marei look to join Alaa Abdelnaby as the only Egyptians in NBA history.
Knicks' entry at the 2016 Orlando Pro Summer League pic.twitter.com/6hkpegzY4m
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