Bathily journeys from France to Panola
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Fallou Bathily is a member of the Panola Men’s Basketball team from Saint-Victoret Bouche du Rhone. A graduate from Iycee Maurice Genvoix high school in France, Bathily decided to fly over to the United States to further his dream of one day playing professional basketball. We got a chance to sit down with Bathily and discuss the change.
Q: So what’s been the biggest change from France to Carthage, Texas ?
A: Well, first is the language and the adjustment to slang. Another is the overall culture such as the food, and how people act has been a good learning experience.
Q: What to you like and dislike about the new environment?
A: I love the opportunity learning a different type of education and remaining an athlete at the same time. Also, we work harder here in America than France as far as basketball. I am not a big fan of the food here though.
Q: If you had to do it all over again would you come back?
A: Yeah, sure, because I knew it would be a good experience. It was hard to leave my country but I knew it would be a good experience for life.