Tunde Adekola of the NBA D League to Coach in the 2013 Global Basketball Summer League

Tunde Adekola
Tunde Adekola will be a featured coach in the 2013 Global Basketball Summer League for the fifth consecutive summer. Tunde is a young rising dynamic coach who just finished his first year with the Boston Celtics NBA D League affiliate Maine Red Claws. He has also coached in the top leagues in Germany, Denmark and at the college level. Over the past five summers Tunde has been a featured coach at our Las Vegas, Chicago and New York City events. He has been very instrumental in helping many former players that attended our events to receive job offers in the international market.

Coach Adekola recently finished the 2012-13 season in the NBA D-League with the Celtic affiliate team, Maine Red Claws as their top assistant. He was able to help guide the team to their first ever post-season in franchise history. Although losing in the first round to the eventual champions, Coach Adekola felt the season was a total success. “We accomplished most of our goals this year and extremely satisfied with the impact the team had in the community. Our fans showed us tremendous support on and off the court. The situation in Maine along with the Celtics influence was top-notch. Austin Ainge, our GM and Mike Taylor, our head coach were both instrumental in the success we had this season. Their leadership and hands-on approach with our staff and players shaped the culture of our team and made it easy for everyone to “buy-in” to the goals that were set for the season.”

Previously, Adekola spent the past 6 seasons in Europe coaching in Denmark and Germany while also finding time to help out NBA Africa with developmental projects in various countries within the continent. When asked how these experiences helped him this season in the NBA D-League, he answered, “Every coaching experience throughout the years has helped shaped the person that I am. The benefit of coaching in Europe is that you get to evaluate talented players from different backgrounds and you try to be creative in ways to help develop not only their game but their passion. In doing so, you learn so much more from the players and you allow yourself to grow, stretch, and increase your basketball knowledge. My passion has always been to give back to my native continent and I have been involved with many camps/clinics in Africa for the past 5 years.” Adekola is also recognized as one of the camp coaches for the NBA BWB Africa. “A lot of the players that attend the basketball without borders camps are now in local high schools, prep schools and colleges all over the country. To see these guys have to same opportunity I had and attend schools in the States and better their chances to be successful and give back to their community is one of the reasons I am in the business of coaching.”

A truly passionate young coach with a bright future, Adekola is one of our consultants and will be coaching in the Global Basketball Summer League in Vegas this summer. “I always look forward to attending the GBSL and the opportunity to scout clearly the best talent outside of the NBA summer league. Tunde is passionate about scouting and was in Chicago last week working the D-League elite mini camp and attending the NBA Pre-Draft combine. There are players every where looking for that golden opportunity and I look forward identifying some future professional talent at the GBSL this summer. Coach Adekola says the GBSL does an excellent job in recruiting professional talent to the annual summer event. Global Basketball wishes Coach Adekola the best of luck with his coaching career and expects him to land a significant job in the very near future.

See Tunde Adekola at the 2012 GBSL Event:

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