BY COUNTRY

bulgaria BY COUNTRY - The Draft Review
  • League: NBL (National Basketball League)
  • Continent: Europe
  • Nationality: Bulgarian
Country Background:
The Bulgars, a Central Asian Turkic tribe, merged with the local Slavic inhabitants in the late 7th century to form the first Bulgarian state. In succeeding centuries, Bulgaria struggled with the Byzantine Empire to assert its place in the Balkans, but by the end of the 14th century the country was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. Northern Bulgaria attained autonomy in 1878 and all of Bulgaria became independent from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Having fought on the losing side in both World Wars, Bulgaria fell within the Soviet sphere of influence and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist domination ended in 1990, when Bulgaria held its first multiparty election since World War II and began the contentious process of moving toward political democracy and a market economy while combating inflation, unemployment, corruption, and crime. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.
Sources: CIA World Factbook, 2017
 
(1) Draft Pick
Rd Pick Overall Year Name Pos. Drafted By
2 27 57 2017 Aleksandar Vezenkov PF Brooklyn
austria BY COUNTRY - The Draft Review
  • League: OBB (Österreichische Basketball Bundesliga)
  • Continent: Europe
  • Nationality: Austrian
Country Background:
Once the center of power for the large Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria was reduced to a small republic after its defeat in World War I. Following annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938 and subsequent occupation by the victorious Allies in 1945, Austria's status remained unclear for a decade. A State Treaty signed in 1955 ended the occupation, recognized Austria's independence, and forbade unification with Germany. A constitutional law that same year declared the country's "perpetual neutrality" as a condition for Soviet military withdrawal. The Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 and Austria's entry into the EU in 1995 have altered the meaning of this neutrality. A prosperous, democratic country, Austria entered the EU Economic and Monetary Union in 1999.
Sources: CIA World Factbook, July 2016
 
(1) Draft Pick
Rd Pick Overall Year Name Pos. Drafted By
1 9 9 2016 Jakob Poeltl C Toronto
india BY COUNTRY - The Draft Review
  • League: UBA Universal Basketball Alliance
  • Continent: Asia
  • Nationality: Indian

Country Background:
The Indus Valley civilization, one of the world's oldest, flourished during the 3rd and 2nd millennia B.C. and extended into northwestern India. Aryan tribes from the northwest infiltrated the Indian subcontinent about 1500 B.C.; their merger with the earlier Dravidian inhabitants created the classical Indian culture. The Maurya Empire of the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. - which reached its zenith under ASHOKA - united much of South Asia. The Golden Age ushered in by the Gupta dynasty (4th to 6th centuries A.D.) saw a flowering of Indian science, art, and culture. Islam spread across the subcontinent over a period of 700 years. In the 10th and 11th centuries, Turks and Afghans invaded India and established the Delhi Sultanate. In the early 16th century, the Emperor BABUR established the Mughal Dynasty which ruled India for more than three centuries. European explorers began establishing footholds in India during the 16th century. By the 19th century, Great Britain had become the dominant political power on the subcontinent. The British Indian Army played a vital role in both World Wars. Years of nonviolent resistance to British rule, led by Mohandas GANDHI and Jawaharlal NEHRU, eventually resulted in Indian independence, which was granted in 1947. Large-scale communal violence took place before and after the subcontinent partition into two separate states - India and Pakistan. The neighboring nations have fought three wars since independence, the last of which was in 1971 and resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. India's nuclear weapons tests in 1998 emboldened Pakistan to conduct its own tests that same year. In November 2008, terrorists originating from Pakistan conducted a series of coordinated attacks in Mumbai, India's financial capital. Despite pressing problems such as significant overpopulation, environmental degradation, extensive poverty, and widespread corruption, economic growth following the launch of economic reforms in 1991 and a massive youthful population are driving India's emergence as a regional and global power.
Sources: CIA World Factbook, October 2015

 
(1) Draft Pick
Rd Pick Overall Year Name Pos. Drafted By
2 22 52 2015 Satnam Singh Bhamara C Dallas
french-guiana BY COUNTRY - The Draft Review
  • League: N/A
  • Continent: South America
  • Nationality: French Guianese
Country Background:
First settled by the French in 1604, French Guiana was the site of notorious penal settlements until 1951. The European Space Agency launches its communication satellites from Kourou.
Sources: CIA World Factbook, November 2015
 
(1) Draft Pick
Rd Pick Overall Year Name Pos. Drafted By
2 1 31 2014 Damien Inglis SF Milwaukee
cape-verde BY COUNTRY - The Draft Review
  • League: D1 (Cape Verde Basketball League)
  • Continent: N/A - Island Country
  • Nationality: Cape Verdean
Country Background:
The uninhabited islands were discovered and colonized by the Portuguese in the 15th century; Cabo Verde subsequently became a trading center for African slaves and later an important coaling and resupply stop for whaling and transatlantic shipping. Following independence in 1975, and a tentative interest in unification with Guinea-Bissau, a one-party system was established and maintained until multi-party elections were held in 1990. Cabo Verde continues to exhibit one of Africa's most stable democratic governments. Repeated droughts during the second half of the 20th century caused significant hardship and prompted heavy emigration. As a result, Cabo Verde's expatriate population is greater than its domestic one. Most Cabo Verdeans have both African and Portuguese antecedents.
Sources: CIA World Factbook, 2015
 
(1) Draft Pick
Rd Pick Overall Year Name Pos. Drafted By
2 13 43 2014 Walter Tavares C Atlanta