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Faisal Aden: No matter where I am, basketball will make things easier for me - May 3, 2012

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Kris Santiago and Faisal Aden (193-G-89) sat down to talk about Faisal's past season and his future in professional basketball.

Africabasket: Faisal, you finished your college-basketball career in the worst way by injuring your knee during the season. What were your first thoughts after getting the news that you wouldn't be playing for WSU anymore?

Faisal: It was really difficult when I heard the news. I was just coming off some very big games and things were going well. I had 33 points against Stanford and 24 points against Cal and we won both those games even though those teams were ranked much higher than us. I was playing the best basketball of my career and I was named National Player of the Week that week. I then started out really well against Arizona, another really good team, when I hurt my knee. It was really difficult for me but eventually I realized everything would be okay. The good news is that I will make a 100% recovery and will be back on the court later this year.

AB: What comes next for Faisal Aden (193-G-89)? A career in basketball in the States or overseas?

Faisal: My agents, Ben and Adam Pensack, have been talking to NBA teams as well as teams in Europe. So far several NBA teams have said they watched me play last year and like my game because I can score the ball in a variety of ways and shoot good percentages. Most people don't know this but I was the leading scorer in the Pac-12 Conference per 40 minutes. There were a lot of good players in the conference that will be in the NBA so it is a nice accomplishment to be mentioned in the same group as those guys (Tony Wroten, Terrence Ross, my teammate Brock Motum, etc...). I know that if I continue to get stronger and work on my all around game (ball handling, creating opportunities for my teammates, etc...) the sky is the limit. I am just honored that I am going to have the chance to play professional basketball. Depending on the timing of my recovery I may end up in the D-League here in the U.S. or I may end up overseas. No matter what happens I am just working incredibly hard every day to get stronger and get better. I know I have things I need to work on but I am not afraid to work hard to accomplish all of my goals.

AB: You grew up in sunny San Diego. How was it for you to grow up there and moving later on to Pullman so far away from a major city and the beach?|

Faisal: Moving to Pullman away from the sunshine and big city was definitely a big a change for me. Everything about Pullman is different from home like the weather, being on my own etc.. Once basketball season kicked off though I didn't think about it too much since I was just focusing on the season and my classwork. I feel like as long as I have basketball it will make it easier no matter where I am.

AB: Qatar seems to be a hotbed for Somali basketball players. Would this be an option for you? Are you holding a Somali passport?

Faisal: Right now I think the priorities are going to be the D-League and Europe but I will never rule anything out. I just want to play at the highest level possible so I can continue to get better every day. I don't have a Somali passport yet but I am eligible for it and we are working on getting it.

AB: Fellow Cougar Thomas Kelati (Eritrean) is pretty known here in Europe. If you could choose, where would you like to play, country-wise and why?

Faisal: If it were up to me I'd play in the NBA here in the U.S. of course. But I know I may have to go to the D-League or overseas. If I go overseas, I am open to going wherever the best basketball is played. My agents have talked to me about different leagues so I know Spain, Italy, Turkey, and a few other leagues are really good. But I really am open to going wherever the best basketball is. I know this is my career now and I'm going to work hard every day wherever I end up to become the best all around player I can be.

AB: Thank you Faisal for answering our questions and all the best for your future!


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