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Half-Egyptian Jonah Bolden drafted by Philadelphia 76ers in 2017 NBA Draft

Half-Egyptian Jonah Bolden drafted by Philadelphia 76ers in 2017 NBA Draft

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Egyptian-Aussie basketball player Jonah Bolden was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the 2017 NBA draft with the 36th overall pick.

The power forward is an Australian-Egyptian basketball player from Serbian side KK Crvena zvezda and the 21-year-old has made a name for himself in Europe after he was awarded the 2017 Adriatic League Top Prospect title.

He was born in Melbourne, Victoria, to American father Bruce Bolden, a former pro player, who played 17 years in National Basketball League in Australia, and Egyptian mother Marie Yacoub. He moved to the United States as a senior in high school and in December 2013 he chose to play college ball at UCLA, averaging 4.6 PPG 6-1 and 4.8 RPG in 31 games, but after only one year he left to play professionally in Serbia and signed with FMP Beograd of the ABA League.

Jonah, a former top-50 recruit in one scouting service, was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA in the second round of the 2017 NBA draft, just twelve days after he signed a two-year contract with Crvena zvezda, which could force him to stay in Serbia for at least one year.

“My mom is from Egypt and my dad [Bruce Bolden, a Boise State star in the 1980s] played overseas for 17 seasons,” Jonah Bolden told The Ringer.

The 6-foot-10-inch represented the Australian national under-19 team in the 2013 World Championship in Czech Republic, leading the Australians to finish fourth.

Jonah will become the second Pharaoh in the NBA after Alexandria-born Abdel Nader, who was selected by Boston Celtics in 2016 NBA Draft and named the D-League Rookie of the Year.

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