Injuries slow but can’t stop Abdul-Bassit’s success in Mexico

April 17, 2019
Jalil Abdul-Bassit basketball

Jalil Abdul-Bassit

Nagging injuries can’t keep Anchorage’s Jalil Abdul-Bassit off the basketball court.

The 26-year-old with the Tijuana Zonkeys of Mexico is currently playing through lingering wrist and hamstring pain.

It’ll take more than that to keep him out.

Abdul-Bassit, of West High fame, is averaging 7.3 points in 22.3 minutes per game in 10 appearances.

The 6-foot-4 guard has reached double figures three times, with a season high of 13 points.

He also had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in his second game with his new team.

When healthy, the former Pac-12 player can really showcase his above-the-rim talent.

The Tijuana Zonkeys have won three Mexican league championships since 2014, including last season.

“I like my new teammates; they are very professional. I know that the team comes from being a champion and we have to defend that trophy,” he said. “I feel blessed, ready to compete and grateful for the opportunity.”

Abdul-Bassit has also played professionally in Albania and Australia in addition to being just one of four Alaskans to play in the NBA G League.