David Aliu

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David Aliu
David Aliu Mersey Tigers BBL Cup Final 2011.JPG
No. 11 – Cheshire Phoenix
Position Power forward
League British Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1981-03-13) 13 March 1981 (age 34)
Liverpool, England
Nationality British
Listed height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Career information
High school Notre Dame Academy
(Middleburg, Virginia)
College Moorhead State (2000–2004)
NBA draft 2004 / Undrafted
Pro career 2004–present
Career history
2004 Scottish Rocks
2005 Tindastoll
2005–2006 Hamar/Selfoss
2006–2007 Leicester Riders
2006–2007 Thor Thorlakshofn
2007 Celso Miguez
2007–2008 Everton Tigers
2008–2009 Lausanne
2010–2012 Mersey Tigers
2012–2014 Manchester Giants
2014–present Cheshire Phoenix

David Aliu (born 13 March 1981) is a professional basketball player, currently playing for Cheshire Phoenix in the British Basketball League.

Aliu was part of the Tigers' treble-winning 2010/11 team, and in November 2011, became the Tigers' record points scorer in the BBL.[1]


Born in Liverpool, England,[2] Aliu started playing basketball at the age of 14 in his home town of Liverpool, playing for local side Toxteth Tigers. He landed a scholarship in the USA, playing at the Notre Dame Academy High School in Virginia, before moving on to and graduating from Morehead State University in 2004.

The power forward made his British Basketball League debut on 01/10/2004 playing for Scottish Rocks against Newcastle Eagles, and he went on to make 11 appearances for the Rocks, averaging 6.27 PPG.

He then moved on to play for three teams in Iceland - Tindastoll (17 PPG and 7 RPG), Hamar/Selfoss (22 PPG and 9 RPG) and Thor Thorlakshofn (24 PPG and 10 RPG) - from 2005 to 2007, with a short spell at Leicester Riders in the BBL in the middle.

After a brief spell with Celso Miguez in Spain, Aliu returned to his home city to play for the new professional franchise, Everton Tigers.

He averaged 15.76 PPG in 33 appearances for the Tigers, before leaving to play for Lausanne in Switzerland. He took a year out of the sport following the birth of his daughter, but returned to the re-branded Mersey Tigers for the 2010/11 season.

Aliu won the BBL Championship, BBL Trophy and BBL play-off titles, playing alongside Great Britain players Andrew Sullivan and Nate Reinking, in a very successful season.

In August 2011, Aliu signed a new two-year deal with the Tigers to keep him at the club until the end of the 2012/13 season.[3]

In September 2012, Aliu signed with a contract with the Manchester Giants. http://www.davidaliu.com/blog/david-aliu-signs-for-manchester-giants/

In June 2014, Aliu signed a two year contract with the Cheshire Phoenix.

Other Notes[edit]

Aliu was the first person to score a basket at the ECHO Arena in Liverpool.


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