The Sudanese Recruits

I mentioned yesterday that there’s something a bit odd about the paucity of African NBA players, and it turns out that over the weekend the Boston Globe had an interesting piece about a recent trend toward actively recruiting Sudanese refugees since people from southern Sudan are often extremely tall. The conditions under which these boys are playing seem to be pretty exploitative, which is the early focus of the piece, but as is often the case with these situations the background conditions that make the exploitation possible are also very bad.