Amar Sulla (2.06 meters, 20 years old) is the fourth component of the inner battery of the Coosur Betis 2022-23, which is taking shape. player born in Dakar in 2001 he appeared in Spain recruited by the real Madrid in 2016, as a caddy, to continue his growth in the white club’s academy. He will spend three years there, until 2019, when he decides to change careers and go to Belgiumspecifically for BC Ostendto start his stage as a professional.
From his time at Real Madrid, in addition to his powerful athletic qualities which highlighted his name in the diaries of NBA scouts, the final of the Adidas Next Generation Tournament 2019the youth tournament organized by the Euroleague and which Real Madrid won in this edition by beating Belgrade’s Mega Bemax, the team that promotes Balkan talent par excellence, by 76-95.
The players who make a career in the ACB were part of this Real Madrid and even tried it in the NBA as Mario Nakic, Ziga Samar, Usman Garuba, former Verdiblanco Boris Tisma and this Amar Sylla, who produced a chilling performance: 16 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, five blocks, four fouls received and 40 PIR credits. Only Mario Nakic, with an overall rating of 41, surpassed the Senegalese center, who already stood out for his physical, athletic and intimidating ability.
It goes without saying that the stopper is his main defensive weapon and that in attack he can play straights and two against two, or fill up on double balls, to finish strong in the hoop. Sylla is prodigal in dunks and can be very spectacular in this type of action which provoke connection with the public in the stands, something that Jacob Wiley understood like no one last season.
Focus on youth
With his signing for a campaign, Coosur Betis is betting on insulting youth for a key position, that of center, where Gerun and especially Báez will put their experience and Nzosa and Sylla their physical power and their athleticism for a team that, as is typical of Luis Casimiro’s style, will try to run when they let him, delivering fast and electric basketball.
In this mold, Nzosa and Sylla, both left-handed centers, could fit in well. Regarding the Congolese on loan from Unicaja, the Senegalese credits a little more experience, since he is two years older, he played two seasons in Belgium (he was injured in 2020) and one in Lithuania, in addition to having passed through the NBA Summer League twice, the first with the Orlando Magic and the second with the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the latter, he stood out greatly, with 10.2 points, 4 rebounds and 1 block playing nearly 20 minutes per game (he played five). In this way, Sylla extended in a great showcase like the Nevada Summer League the great season he recorded at an individual level with the Nevezis Kedainiai of LKL, the highest category of Lithuanian basketball. He was the most outstanding man on his team and the best rebounder in the competition. In 30 games, he averaged 11.5 points, 7.7 sacks, 1.8 assists, 1.2 digs, and 2 blocks for a PIR of 14.6.
in two positions
Sylla plays five there in the four, a power forward, since he also has the qualities to perform there. He can put the ball on the ground and open the perimeter to shoot three without being a specialist, although he has time for him to refine the mechanics and perimeter efficiency given his youth. With the Lithuanian team, he converted last year 19 of his 62 attempts with an efficiency of 30.6%. International for Senegal, he is a player with a lot of projection who will make his Endesa League debut at Coosur Betis and who returns to Spain after a positive balance in the Belgian and Lithuanian championships. This course should serve him for his adaptation to a more demanding competition in all senses like the ACB.