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AABF's short-list of candidates for inclusion in Doha's Asian Games - Aug 16, 2006

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Mr Naser Shahalemi of the Afghan American Basketball Foundation, has sent us comprehensive resumes about seven Afghan American basketball players he is suggesting for consideration in the Afghan National Basketball Team tipped to take part in the Doha, Qatar Asian Games in December 2006. The resumes are presentations prepared by the AABF. The final decision to pick the players for the national side remain solely under the jurisdiction of the Afghan National Amateur Basketball Federation (ANABF) headed by Eng. Wardak.


The players' bios provided by the AABF are given in alphabetical order of their family names and without preference:

Sulaiman Aziz 6’1” 175 lbs SG/SF
26 year old Sulaiman Aziz was born in Kabul Afghanistan and moved to the United States in 1992. Aziz started playing basketball when he was 14 years. He graduated with a BA in both Business and Sociology from University of California Riverside. He is a member of a 7 time Afghan American Basketball World championship team, West Coast Hoops. Aziz also has won the tournament MVP of the Afghan Basketball Labor Day 2003 tournament in Virginia. A teammate of Yousof Etemadi, with his West Coast Hoops, he has won 6 Afghan basketball titles. Sulaiman Aziz is known for his exceptional vertical and leaping ability. Aziz plays basketball with a will of determination. He tries to win every game possible and to play with his heart on the line doing the gritty work on court and playing unselfishly getting those rebounds, chasing loose balls and is very elusive on the fast break. His has natural speed and athleticism.


Bilal Ahmad Azizi 235 lbs. 6’6” SF/PF
Bilal Ahmad Azizi graduated from Eden Prairie High School and he is currently attending Saddleback Junior College to obtain his BA. After that he would like to transfer on to a majour University. He is a 3 time Afghan Basketball world champion with the West Coast Hoops, and he is a 1 time champion with team Payaam in Spring 2006. Bilal has won team MVP and Co-MVP honours in 1994 in Virginia, and Southern California. Bilal is a tremendous force inside pounding the ball and he also offers a 3 ball outside range in repertoire. His has great rebounding ability and can score when needed.

Yousof Etemadi 6’4” 195lbs SG/SF
Yousof played college basketball at Saddleback Junior College; where he led the league in 3-point field goals made as well as percentage. He won an Orange Empire Conference title at Saddleback Junior College in 1999. After receiving a scholarship, Yousof played<  

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