“I proceed to work with out listening to every little thing that’s stated”


Together with Victor Wembanyama, Ousmane Dieng (18) is the opposite nice French prospect. Potential prime 10 of the subsequent NBA draft, the Frenchman selected, after the Federal Heart, to signal his first professional contract within the NBL with the New Zealand Breakers. Interview for Le Quotidien du Sport and France Basket.

Collectively, your group had an advanced begin to the season and needed to look ahead to its seventh match to lastly win a match (83-88 in opposition to the Brisbane Bullets)…

It feels good particularly after this begin to the season the place we have now had a string of defeats with a whole lot of accidents and instances of Covid.


How do you view your season on a private stage?

I am having an advanced begin to the season, however I am working so much. Adapting to the skilled world was a bit troublesome, however it is going to get higher and higher.

Did you suppose it will be simpler?

I knew what to anticipate and what I must work on to attain my objectives.

Is it primarily bodily that it’s important to take a step?

After all I’ve to work on my physique, however not solely. I would like to realize expertise. There are good gamers within the group who permit me to study a whole lot of issues.

Disillusioned with my efficiency »

Aren’t you disenchanted along with your enjoying occasions and your stats (3.1 factors, 2 rebounds in 15.7 minutes)?

I did not anticipate to be pretty much as good as in Nationwide 1. It isn’t the identical stage. I’m disenchanted with my efficiency, with what I produce, however not with my enjoying time.

What does coach Dan Shamir who coached within the Euroleague let you know?

That I’ve to maintain working and that every little thing shall be again to regular regardless of this sophisticated begin to the season. He’s an excellent coach, who has skilled on the highest stage, he brings me expertise.

How is life there?

It goes nicely. The climate’s good. Proper now it is summer time. As well as, my household joined me. With the Covid, the NBL doesn’t permit us to play our house matches in New Zealand firstly of the season we have been confined to New Zealand so for the second we’re in Melbourne in Australia, which makes issues simpler for the displacements.

And on the championship stage?

At first, it was very quick, with a whole lot of recreation velocity, that is why it took me somewhat time to adapt to the primary pre-season matches.

The NBL is a really bodily league that may permit me to develop nicely bodily »

Your option to go to the Nationwide Basket League after the Federal Heart might have come as a shock. Why did you select this feature?

I’ve rigorously studied all of the choices. I assumed it by way of with my dad and mom and my brokers and it was the only option. It isn’t that I used to be on the lookout for peace.

The NBL is increasingly adopted for the reason that passages of LaMelo Ball, RJ Hampton or Josh Giddey. Matches air on ESPN. It is a very bodily League, of stage, which is able to permit me to develop nicely bodily.

May you have got signed in large golf equipment in France?

I might have gone to Paris Basketball or Nanterre. I additionally had alternatives within the G League and at a number of golf equipment in Europe.

What number of kilos do you hope to realize?

I have never essentially set myself a weight, however I do know that I’ve to realize muscle. However as I stated, I additionally lack a little bit of expertise.

One other Frenchman, Hugo Besson, performs for the New Zealand Breakers, that have to be a bonus, proper?

Positively, that helps. This makes it doable to talk French and never at all times English. That feels good. Plus, we get alongside rather well. However the understanding is excellent within the group and I hit it off with everybody.

By choosing the NBL, you profit from the Subsequent Stars Program for the NBA. Are you able to inform us extra?

I profit from individualized work with a bodybuilding stage program that I’ve to respect, a program that the opposite gamers on the group do not need – and likewise basketball stage too with particular person coaching. Virtually day-after-day I’ve additional exercises on the finish of the exercises. That is what I appreciated.

Ousmane Dieng desires of being Paul George

You had the possibility to coach with Paul George of the Clippers this summer time!

It was tremendous cool, tremendous rewarding. He gave me recommendation throughout coaching. It was superb!

What’s your mannequin?

It was Kobe Bryant. And now it is Paul George and Kevin Durant.

The aim is to be drafted this yr?

I hope ! I work for.

You’re introduced within the High 10. Some converse of you as a future franchise participant. How do you reside with all these expectations?

I do not care. I deal with what I’ve to do, on my work. My begin to the season has not been good. I need to first do every little thing to straighten the bar. I wish to play higher, to be extra skilful.

There are additionally a whole lot of expectations round Victor Wembanyama.

He is a pal of mine. I hope every little thing we want for him will occur to him.

Your top (2m05) is clearly a bonus as chief.

It’s a power. I can do much more issues on the pitch.

Do you are feeling able to make the leap into the NBA?

That is my first professional season. I solely made a number of matches. I’m nicely surrounded and we’ll see on the finish of the season whether or not or not I current myself within the draft.

Do you have got contact with the French who play within the NBA?

Final yr, Evan Fournier got here to coach with us at INSEP. I talked to him a bit. I additionally converse with Axel Toupane who signed in Paris.

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