Dijon. A young basketball player vying for an immersion in the NBA


They were more than 25,000 at the start, there are only about sixty left. Licensed at the JDA for three years and outclassed this season in the U15 France team, Nohan Fontfreyde is one of the lucky national finalists of the Challenge Benjamins 2021 (U13), who have passed the stages of club selection, then departmental and finally regional.

These future champions will embark on the four individual events on Saturday June 19 in Paris, in an attempt to win the 14e edition of the Challenge, organized by the French Basketball Federation, in partnership with the NBA junior program, and thus fly to the United States. The NBA (National Basketball Association) is one of the four major professional leagues in American sport. The events will mix shooting, passing and dribbling, they also call for speed and skill.

A trip to the USA to meet NBA players

This native of Saint-Maurice in Val-de-Marne, followed in his father’s footsteps, a basketball player too. “I went very often with him to training or to see his matches, suddenly I would shoot to the side. I immediately wanted to play basketball! », Confides Nohan, who, after having taken his first license at the age of 4 years at the JDA, joined the club of Fontaine-lès-Dijon. « I have very good memories of it, with some good friends in particular », slips the young basketball player, who will pass in class of 3e at the start of the next school year, at the Saint-Michel college, the base of the Pôle Espoir basket.

Returning to the JDA for three years, the teenager has made great technical progress and is looking forward to this national final, which offers the winner a nice trip to the United States for an immersion in the NBA by attending a game. “I’m a little apprehensive, but I’ll try to repeat what I can do. To qualify, I got 66 points. To win the national final, the estimate is between 70 and 72 points. « 

Nohan’s sister, Eileen, also a basketball player, had also qualified for the National Finals of the benjamines challenge in Paris, two years ago. She had won the 3e place of the competition only two small points from the winner …

I’m a little apprehensive, but I’ll try to repeat what I can do.

Nohan Fontfreyde, 13, JDA basketball player

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