Mr. OSMAN BANGURA
Osman "Os" Bangura has been at the center of elite youth basketball development for over two decades. During this time, he was instrumental in building two of the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) region's top high school basketball programs, Paul VI and Archbishop Carroll. Os currently serves as the associate head coach at Archbishop Carroll. Additionally, Os teamed with Kevin Durant and his father, Wayne Pratt, to build the AAU powerhouse, Team Durant, where he currently serves as the Director of the organization and the head coach of its' 17U team in the competitive EYBL AAU Circuit.READ MORE
Mr. OSMAN BANGURA
Osman "Os" Bangura has been at the center of elite youth basketball development for over two decades. During this time, he was instrumental in building two of the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) region's top high school basketball programs, Paul VI and Archbishop Carroll. Os currently serves as the associate head coach at Archbishop Carroll. Additionally, Os teamed with Kevin Durant and his father, Wayne Pratt, to build the AAU powerhouse, Team Durant, where he currently serves as the Director of the organization and the head coach of its' 17U team in the competitive EYBL AAU Circuit.
With hard work and dedication, he has worked tirelessly to guide and mentor players to identify, develop, accomplish and surpass their goals on and off the court. Bangura's player-first philosophy, approachable demeanor, and commitment to joint accountability have consistently resulted in players achieving the best version of themselves with a mindset of continuous improvement. The passion he demonstrates on the court with his players extends well beyond the boundaries of the court. Additionally, Os assists the families of those he coaches throughout the player's recruitment and playing careers. He has coached over 80 players that have played in the college ranks, including many at the Division I level.
Os started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach in 2002 at Eleanor Roosevelt in Prince Georges County, MD, where he began his ascent as a prominent youth coach in the DMV region and beyond. In this role, he was responsible for player development and scouting, highlighting his ability to identify talent and maximize a player's impact on the team. Bangura was an integral member of staff that led the school's program to back-to-back regional championships. In 2006, he accepted the varsity assistant coaching position and served as the head coach of the Freshman Team at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Virginia. In 2009, he helped guide the Panthers to the Virginia State Independent Championship, the first in the school's history.
In the spring of 2009, the Libyan National Team approached Bangura to become the associate head coach leading up to the African Championships hosted in Tripoli. After accepting the role, Bangura was a pivotal contributor to the team's first-ever win at any level of international competition. While the Libyan squad fell short of advancing to the 2010 Summer Olympics, Bangura again asserted himself as a leader in coaching an organization to a landmark accomplishment. In the fall of 2009, he accepted a position as an assistant coach with the Howard University men's basketball team in Washington, DC, where his primary role was in player development. He remained with Howard University through 2011.
Bangura returned to Paul VI High School in the summer of 2012. In 2014, the team finished with a top-ten ranking nationally. This was the first team in school history to win the state, WCAC, and Alhambra. In 2016, Bangura embraced the challenge of building an elite AAU program from the ground up as the head of Team Durant. As program director, he built a competitive stable of teams in the 15U, 16U, and 17U divisions. In recognition of his accomplishments and unique leadership ability, he became the head coach of the 17U Team Durant squad, which has grown into a perennial powerhouse on Nike's EYBL circuit. Since becoming the 17U head coach and under his leadership, they have qualified for the Nike Peach Jam event each year, dating back to 2019. Os and his coaching prowess have helped develop over 40 young men into Division I players.
In 2019, Bangura began his role as Director of Basketball at the St. James Sports & Wellness complex. In this role, Os spearheaded the effort to create the St James' footprint as an elite facility in the Washington Metropolitan area for basketball training and tournaments. In addition, he successfully brought elite-level AAU, middle, and high school basketball events to the St. James. Building a comprehensive training program for grassroots high school student-athletes has been a hallmark of his coaching career, and he delivered once again.
In his tenure at the St. James, Os launched and orchestrated several of the top events across the basketball landscape on a national level, including Hoopgroup VA Jamfest, Red Bull 3v3 Championship, MLK Classic, OBL 1v1 King of the Court, Pitts Adult League, Joe Wootten Summer Camp, Middle School National Championship, and The Quinn Cook Summer Camp. Additionally, he organized and ran Middle School leagues and hosted High School Boys' and Girls' Fall teams.
The most appreciated of these events is The MLK Classic, which landed at the St. James facility as a direct result of Bangura's efforts and was a vision he conceived almost a decade earlier. The national network and reputation he built over two decades made all of his accomplishments, especially, The MLK Classic, possible. Os' new company, Big Bang, will continue to lead the MLK Classic into the future after departing from the St. James late in 2022. He will also continue to coach, train, and mentor student-athletes and players from professional basketball.
Os Bangura has consistently soared higher by continuing to spread his wings and reimagining what's possible. As he joins Timely NIL, he is continuing his path of doing so, and we are incredibly excited to welcome him to the Timely NIL family. What is referred to as "The Os Effect" by those closest to him is now available to help others soar higher as well.
Timeline and Accomplishments
Paul VI 2006 - 2015
- 2009 - The first team in school history to win the Virginia State Independent Championship
- 2014 -The first team in school history to win the WCAC, Virginia State Independent, and Alhambra Invitational Championship.
Libyan National Team
- 2009 - Associate Head coach of the first national team to win a game in an international competition.
Howard University 2009 - 2011
- Assist coach at Howard University. Responsible for player development and film exchange/breakdown.
- Archbishop Carroll 2017 - Present
Team Durant Director & 17U EYBL Head Coach 2016- Present
- Established Team Durant in 2016 and participated in the most competitive circuit in the country, Nike EYBL.
Player Impact and Opportunity
- Coached over 40 Division I and Division II athletes who "graduated" from the program. Players currently play in the ACC, Big East, Big 10, Patriot League, IVY league, MEAC, PAC 12, A10, American East, CAA, Atlantic Sun, and PSAC.