Astou Ndiaye-Diatta

Basketball

Served as envoy

  • 2016  –  Cameroon

Astou Ndiaye-Diatta is a former Senegalese professional women’s basketball player and current assistant coach at Utah State University in the United States.

A 1997 cum laude graduate of Southern Nazerene with a bachelor’s degree in business, Ndiaye-Diatta was named a Kodak/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NAIA All-American as a senior and was a two-time NAIA First Team All-American. She also earned the Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a senior and was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons.

In 1999, Ndiaye-Diatta was selected in the fourth round (41st overall) of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft by the Detroit Shock. Ndiaye-Diatta played five seasons for the Shock, including winning the 2003 WNBA Championship. She went on to play for the Indiana Fever (2004), Houston Comets (2006) and Seattle Storm (2007). She also played professionally in Italy and France during her career.

Ndiaye-Diatta represented Senegal in international competition at the World Championships in Malaysia (1990), Germany (1998), China (2002) and Brazil (2006) and at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Charlie Bell

Basketball

Served as envoy

  • 2016  –  Cameroon

Charlie Bell is a former American professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Bell attended Michigan State University, where he appeared in three NCAA Final Fours and won the NCAA Championship in 2000. Undrafted in the 2001 NBA Draft, Bell had brief stints with the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks before playing professionally in Italy and Spain from 2002-05. He won the Italian League with Benetton Treviso in 2002 and was named to the Spanish League First Team for the 2004-05 season as a member of Leche Rio Breogan Lugo.

Bell joined the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks for the 2005-06 season and recorded his first career triple-double on March 28, 2006. He went on to play for the Bucks through the 2009-10 season before joining the Golden State Warriors for the 2010-11 season. Bell last played in 2012 for Otto Caserta in Italy.