Ben, Tunisian secret weapon
At the age of 23 Makrem Ben Romdhane is the player that Tunisia national team head coach Adel Tlatli expects to turn things around for better.
Since he joined the Men’s national team, at 2009 Afrobasket, he has started only one game.
This rare event took place at last year’s Afrobasket against Central Africa Republic in day 3of the tournament, and he contributed with 7 points in 13 minutes.
His status as a substitute does not prevent him from becoming the team’s leading scorer. In other words, he is the Tunisia secret weapon.
He finished as Tunisia leading scorer at last year’s Afrobasket with 12.7 points per game.
A year previously, as the youngest player of the squad and a substitute, he led his country with 12 points per game at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Ben Romdhane currently plays for Tunisian side Etoile Sportive du Sahel.
Late last year he helped his club win their first African Club Championship, after a majestic 82-60 win over Angolan side Primeiro D’Agosto in Rabat, Morocco.
He was named MVP of the tournament.
In April this year the 6’8’’ forward led his club to secure their second consecutive national title.
In the playoff final, he had fifteen rebounds in a 75-57 win over Stade Nabuelien.
Ben Romdhane has become a household name in Africa having emerged from obscurity to stardom in just two years.
At the 2009 Afrobasket he played only three games, averaging five minutes play.
As usual Ben Romdhane came-off the bench at last year’s Afrobasket final to help his country beat Angola in a 67-56 victory.
In the end Ben Romdhane was named in the All-Star Five along his countrymen Marouan Kechrid and Salah Mejri, as well as Nigerian Ime Udoka and Angolan Carlos Morais.
Will headcoach Adel Tlatli make Ben Romdhane a member of his starting five?
Either way, the Tunisian rising star is ready to make his mark during Tunisia's first ever Olympic appearance.