Amida Brimah: The Ghanaian Basketball Player Who Just Signed For Indiana Pacers

Amida Brimah (image via IndyStar)

Ghanaian professional basketball player Amida Brimah has signed a two-way contract with NBA team, the Indiana Pacers.

The deal was announced by his agent Daniel Hazan and first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

A two-way contract is a deal that allows an NBA franchise to carry two extra players in addition to the 15 on their regular-season roster. These players spend the bulk of their time with the G-League affiliate of the team but are under the control of the NBA team and are eligible to play for them.

Amida Brimah

In 2019, Brimah became the second Ghanaian-born to sign for an NBA team after Ben Bentil who was selected as the 51st overall pick by the Boston Celtics in the 2016 NBA draft. Prior to that, the seven-footer played for the Austin Spurs in the G-League, where he averaged 8.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG, and 2.9 BPG in only 23.3 MPG.

Brimah was signed to an Exhibit 10 contract with the Pacers in November 2020 before being waived after he tore his ACL.

He was brought back by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in January 2021 but officially joined the team in February until his latest two-way deal with the Pacers and has averaged 8 points and 8.5 rebounds in 23 minutes.

According to Hartford Courant, Brimah didn’t pick up basketball until he was 16 and was still considering the possibility of playing soccer. Two years later in 2012, he enrolled at Archbishop Carroll High School in Miami where he started to gain attention from college scouts for his shot-blocking prowess.

Amida Brimah won the G-League title with the Austin Spurs in 2018

Brimah played his collegiate ball at the University of Connecticut. He started all 33 games in his senior year in 2016-17 and averaged 7.6 PPG, 6.1 RPG, and 2.6 BPG. He was a contributor on UConn’s 2014 National Championship team as a freshman and even chipped in 13 minutes in the title game against Julius Randle and the Kentucky Wildcats.

The 27-year-old won the NCAA championship with the UCONN Huskies in 2014 and the G-League title with the Austin Spurs in 2018. He has also been named on the G-League’s All Defensive First Team twice.

source: kuulpeeps.com

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