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South Sudanese, Seeking to Fit In, Stand Out in Australian Basketball

Members of the Savannah Pride basketball club, including Henry Makeny, center in black shirt, at practice in Blacktown, Australia. Credit David Maurice Smith for The New York Times

New York Times article | 3rd May 2017

A group of South Sudanese youth in Sydney, Australia, who call themselves Savannah Pride (as in a pride of lions), frequently descend upon a local gym to play ball and and find themselves hurtling from casual play to something much more tied to the power centers of big-time basketball.

Many of these young men dream of making it big in the realm of basketball, and their lives and dreams have been laid bare in this tell-all in their collective plight to make it in the big time.

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