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Marei looking forward to exciting future of Egyptian basketball
Egyptian basketball player Assem Marei is encouraged by recent developments in Egyptian basketball, such as the appointment of Spaniard Juan Antonio Orenga.
The 24-year-old centre who stands at 2.06m tall reflected on the experience of playing under his father Ahmed Marei: “It was different. It was fun. He’s really aggressive. He understands the game and understands how I like to play,” he recalled.
“It’s really good to bring in a foreign coach, especially because he won’t have any favorites within the team… he’s a really big name, so it will be a pleasure playing for him.”
The Spanish coach led the Spanish national team to third place at FIBA EuroBasket 2013 and won the FIBA U20 European Championship in 2016. Marei has claimed that this step forward has been accompanied with further improvements: “The budget is getting bigger. Even the hotels where we stay and the gyms where we practice are getting better.
“It would be a great honour to bring the title back to the country,” he concluded.
The Egyptian international recently earned a move to Medi Bayreuth in Germany, where he is averaging 13.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
The 2017 FIBA AfroBasket will be hosted by Congo, and will take place in August.