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Interview with Ehab Amin - Aug 9, 2014

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Ehab Amin speaks to Eurobasket about participating in Nike global challenge, world cup preparations with Egyptian national team, his life in the US, and more.

1. How was your feeling after being the first ever Egyptian to be invited by Nike Global Challenge?
I felt extremely proud. I was excited, but I felt I had a sense of reponsibility to be the first represantitve for Egyptian basketball in such tournament.

2. Did you expect this invitation?
Honestly, no.

3. Let us get back to 2012 when you won African youth player of the year award despite being 17 years old? How did you reach such level?
After winning Fiba Africa Under 16 most valuable player award (MVP) in 2011, I realized that dealing with the basketball game professionally, giving it all your concentration and listening well to my coaches could allow me to reach many levels that I have never expected.

4. In 2012 Fiba U17 world cup your match against Australia's Dante Exum (2014 NBA's 5th draft pick) and scoring 23 points against such good defensive player caught the eyes of several scouts. Tell us about this game.
It was a side game between me and Dante on both ends of the floor and I enjoyed the match up. I felt more confident during the game also my teammates noticed that and helped me. Also I had a good defesive game with a couple of steals and rebounds.

5. Since you started traininng in the united states tell us about the major difference in trainning between trainning in Egypt and the US?
The physical part of the trainning is way more individualized and sophisticated.

6.What have you learned and developed most in the US?
I think I have improved my shooting skills a lot but still have a way to go.

7. How do you see the prepations for the world cup?
The preparations are going out well.

8. What have you learned from coach Amr Abu El Kheir during your short spell with National team?
Coach Amr Abu El Kheir always insisted on spacing on the defesive end and I think that improved my game and my basketball IQ. Always he told not to always gamble one to one situations on the defensive end.

9. Why the performance of the Egyptian team and results wasn't encouraging in Ittihad's tournament?
I think one of the main reasons is that some of the major players of the national team had to participate with Ittihad club and also it was the tournament was just the start of preparations.

10. The results started to get better in Serbia, can you describe to us the level of competition there?
The teams we played against were not World class teams but they played respectful basketball which helped us.

11. How would you manage the time between the world cup preparations and participation in Nike Global Challenge?
The very big possibility I won't be able to make it to the world cup as Egyptian basketball federation requires us to commit to play in the African qualifiers in Uganda in 10 days after the world cup which something my college won't allow.

12. What do you tell to your teammates who rejected joinning the national team?
Well it depends on the players situation and the ability to manage the time between the national team and other commitments but I still believe that wearing the Egyptian national team jersey is not only a responsibility but an honor.


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World Cup Standings
 1. USA
 2. Serbia
 3. France
 4. Lithuania
 5. Spain
 6. Brazil
 7. Slovenia
 8. Turkey
 9. Greece
 10. Croatia
 11. Argentina
 12. Australia
 13. Dominican R.
 14. Mexico
 15. N.Zealand
 16. Senegal
 17. Angola
 18. Ukraine
 19. P.Rico
 20. Iran
 21. Philippines
 22. Finland
 23. S.Korea
 24. Egypt
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  Avg: 22
 1. Barea, PUR22.0 
 2. Blatche, USA21.2 
 3. Bogdanovic, BIH21.2 
 4. Gasol, ESP20.0 
 5. Scola, ARG19.5 
 6. Haddadi,18.8 
 7. Moreira, ANG17.8 
 8. Ayon, MEX17.6 
 9. Garcia, DOM17.6 
 10. Baynes, AUS16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Blatche, USA13.8 
 2. Haddadi,11.4 
 3. Dieng, SEN10.7 
 4. Bourousis, GRE9.2 
 5. Scola, ARG8.5 
 6. Valanciunas, LTU8.4 
 7. Asik, TUR8.4 
 8. Moreira, ANG8.2 
 9. Varejao, BRA8.0 
 10. Faried,7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Petteri KOPONEN
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Koponen, FIN5.8 
 2. Dalmeida, SEN5.3 
 3. Rubio, ESP5.1 
 4. Jeter, USA5.0 
 5. Teodosic, SRB4.4 
 6. Nikkhah Bahr.,4.4 
 7. Zisis, GRE4.3 
 8. Campazzo, ARG4.3 
 9. Dragic, SLO4.3 
 10. Prigioni, ARG4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Rubio, ESP3.6 
 2. Kamrani, IRI2.6 
 3. Harden,2.1 
 4. Balkman, USA2.0 
 5. Irving, AUS1.9 
 6. Dieng, SEN1.8 
 7. Prigioni, ARG1.8 
 8. Ingles, AUS1.8 
 9. Saric, CRO1.7 
 10. Barbosa, BRA1.6 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gasol, ESP2.3 
 2. Davis,2.1 
 3. Kim,2.0 
 4. N'Diaye, SEN1.8 
 5. Asik, TUR1.6 
 6. Dieng, SEN1.5 
 7. Vargas,1.5 
 8. Gasol, ESP1.4 
 9. Ibaka, CGO1.3 
 10. Garcia, DOM1.2 
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