TJ Diop graduated with a Bachelor of Sociology at Seattle University in the United States of America.
TJ has been an ambassador for change, his work is about promoting excellence, pride, commitment and integrity in the community and he utilises basketball as the catalyst to empower young Australians to complete their primary, secondary and tertiary education. He is the Captain of the Indigenous Men’s Australian Basketball Team.
He assist disadvantaged young Australians achieve success and reach their full potential. his skills and passion include but are not limited to leadership, Indigenous advancement, social justice, change, public speaking, group facilitation, Indigenous mentoring, cross cultural communication and cultural capability. TJ has held several leadership positions, all of which has given him the platform and confidence to mentor other young people to achieve their goals.
He is a respected member of the international basketball community, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and African diaspora. He leads by example by providing encouragement and support to his teammates, colleagues and family members.
He was recently recognised for his contributions in a leadership to the Gold Coast Rollers,
Mackay Meteors and the Men’s Indigenous Australian basketball team as a Captain and Vice-Captain, where he led teams to win championships in the Australian Basketball Association and the Trans-Tasman Series between Australia and New Zealand.
His skills as a professional athlete is to be disciplined, organised, team focused, motivated, task orientated all of which he brings to his grassroots work in the community
Australian Indigenous Basketball National Team player (2014 – 2018)
Gold Coast Rollers Queensland Basketball League player/ Coaches Award
Mackay Meteors Queensland Basketball League player
Mackay Meteors Premiership Team (2016)
United States NCAA Division One Collegiate athlete
MVP Mackay Meteors QBL/ Coaches Award
Four times Trans-Tasman Champions Australia versus New Zealand Trans-Tasman Series
Named in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honours Court (2013)
Seattle University Athletic Scholarship Recipient (2011-13)
Lamar College Athletic Scholarship Recipient (2009-11)