David Aliu

Mersey Tigers captain and local lad David Aliu became the Mersey Tigers all-time record points scorer in the BBL in December, and he’s showing no signs of stopping just yet. He also made his 100th appearance for the Mersey Tigers this month.

Daliu 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.

Throughout David’s career he has played  in Italy, Iceland, Spain and Switzerland, amongst a spell in Scotland with the Rocks and two spells in his home city with the Tigers.

David and his team-mates are currently touring Merseyside schools holding coaching sessions.

My School:
Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, Sports College, Liverpool.

My Favourite Teacher:
That would have to be Mr Mewton, he really inspired me to aim high and achieve my best.

 My Favourite Subject at School:
Surprisingly it was art, I loved art, though I never really wanted to be an artist, it was something I enjoyed.

Were you streetwise or a bit of a geek?
Definitely streetwise, I grew up in Toxteth and you had to be streetwise but it also taught me to do well at school.

My Favourite Childhood Singer/Band:
I was never really into music but I loved the music my parents used to play, people like Lionel Richie and Earth, Wind and Fire.

My Favourite Extra-Curricular Activity:
Basketball was my favourite after school past-time, I joined the Toxteth Tigers at a young age and really enjoyed it.

Do you remember your first school crush?

One of my school teachers who shall remain anonymous, going to an all boys school it had to be a teacher.

My Favourite Book:
I am not really a big reader, I enjoy reading but there has never really been anything, as yet, that has gripped my attention.

School Dinners:
I loved them at senior school.

My Ambitions at School:
Although I really enjoyed art I always wanted to do well at basketball, I have been lucky to travel and visit many places around the world – it’s like going on holiday and getting paid.

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