The Tunisian National Basketball Team, or The Eagles Of Cartagena as they are known, had their share of success throughout the years. In 2011, they became the African Basketball Champion with Salah Mejri voted as the MVP of the championship. What’s impressive about that win is that they were the first North African country to won a gold medal in almost thirty years. There is only one player from Tunisia that played in the NBA. Salah Mejri is a name that is familiar to every Tunisian basketball fan.
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Salah Mejri was born in 1986, standing at 7ft. 2in. played as a center for the Dallas Mavericks. He had his debut as a professional basketball player in the Tunisian Basketball team at the age of 20 for the team of Étoile Sportive du Sahel. He moved in Europe in 2010, signing for the Antwerp Giants in the Belgium League. In Europe, he also played in the Spanish League for the teams of Obradoiro and Real Madrid, before going in the NBA and signing for the Dallas Mavericks in 2015. On June 27, 2018, Mejri got a qualifying offer from the Dallas Mavericks.
Right now there are no immediate, additional NBA players expected to come from Tunisia, but hopefully in the future we will see some blue chip NCAA or NBA prospects coming from Tunisia.