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Luc Appears on Nightline

The global growth of the National Basketball Association and the sport are undeniable and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is helping make sure that growth has a positive impact on his native country and continent.

This summer, Luc went back to Africa to serve as a counselor and instructor for Basketball Without Borders, a program designed to give African youngsters training and opportunities in the sport. It’s a program that nourished Luc’s interest in the game when he was a kid in Cameroon and opened doors for him to the NBA.

This year’s camp was recently featured on an episode of ABC’s Nightline and Luc told reporter Jeffrey Kofman that basketball offers not only an opportunity, but a welcome distraction for African children:

« For kids who have the right to stay kids, basketball can bring them back to that stage, » he said. « Going through all that stuff they’re going through…when they get the ball, they become kids again. »

Watch the entire feature below and learn more about Basketball Without Borders at nba.com/bwb.

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Luc Strides Toward Return

The Milwaukee Bucks are off to a promising start this season and this week they got word that they might get even better in the near future.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has missed the team’s first 10 games this season as he recovers from right patella surgery, but he’s inching his way toward a return to the hardwood. Luc was at Bucks practice this week and took part in non-contact portions on Friday, including two-on-two work with some teammates. He noted to reporters that he’s feeling good and is excited to get back to work.

« I’m excited to be back playing, doing basketball stuff at least, » he said.

There’s still no timetable for Luc’s return to the Bucks, who are currently 6-4 and sit atop the Central Division. Bucks coach Scott Skiles told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he wants to see Luc participate in practice fully before he activates him, because a mostly healthy Bucks roster means he’s have to deactivate a rotation player to activate Luc.

« I’d like to see him get in a five-on-five-type scrimmage a bit before he gets activated, » Skiles said. « If I’ve got to put somebody else on the inactive list that’s healthy because I want to activate him, we’ve got to see him play some. »

The Bucks will be back in action on Saturday night at home against the Chicago Bulls (5-6) at the Bradley Center as they try to snap a two-game losing streak. Chicago is in the midst of its own three-game skid and the two-time defending division champions are scuffling in the absence of their own injured player, point guard Derrick Rose.

Luc said Friday that despite Chicago’s struggles this season, they’re a team the Bucks have trouble with, especially at home because the Bulls always seem to bring a large fan contingent to Milwaukee. He’d like to see his teammates quiet that group on Friday.

« Every time we play them, we all know it’s a home game for them, even here. We’ve got to approach this game like it’s an away game. They draw a lot of crowd here, » he said. « We can’t let that intimidate us. We’ve got to use that as even more motivation to get ourselves going. I hope we can silence the Chicago crowd and get the Milwaukee crowd going a little bit. »

Friday’s tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. MST and the game can be seen on FS Milwaukee.

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Sibling Success

Soon enough, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute might not be the only Moute in the NBA.

Luc’s younger brother Roger Moute a Bidias is making waves on the high school basketball circuit for Notre Dame Prep and climbing up the recruiting charts of the nation’s powerhouse programs. Most recently, Roger put on a show for scouts at the National Prep Showcase in New Haven Connecticut last week.

Playing against elite level high school talent, Roger starred at the showcase. He scored 15 points on 7-of-12 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds in his team’s game against Hargrave Military Academy, a performance that caught the attention of CBS Sports Recruiting Blogger Jeff Borzello:

« The breakout star of the first day of the National Prep Showcase in New Haven, Conn., was Roger Moute a Bidias, a 6-foot-7 native of Cameroon who plays at Notre Dame Prep (Mass.)…. He’s long and athletic, and is a monster on the backboards. Once he refines his offensive game, he could be a factor at the college level. »

Roger only started playing basketball in 2009 and went to Luc’s camp in Cameroon in the following years. He impressed enough in 2011 to earn a scholarship to play in the United States at Luc’s alma mater Montverde Academy. Roger transferred this year to Notre Dame Prep, where he has excelled.

He is currently counted as a member of the class of 2013, but may reclassify to 2014, since he has spent just two years in American high schools. He was recently profiled by the local newspaper in Fitchburg, Massachusetts the town Notre Dame Prep is located in and told Nick Mallard of the Sentinel and Enterprise that while he has hoop dreams like his older brother, he also wants to get a great education:

« I came here to get a better education and the chance to go to a better college, » he said. « I want to keep playing basketball and maybe make it to the NBA, but I’m focused on finding a good school now. »

Roger and Luc still talk daily and the younger Moute listens intently to Luc, who he considers a guide to his future.

« He’s a role model, » Moute a Bidias told CBS Sports of Luc. « He’s accomplished so much. High school level, college level, he tells me what I need to work on every day. It’s a good thing to have him. »

To read more about Roger Moute a Bidias in the Sentinel and Enterprise feature, click here.

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Camper Picks KU

One of the initial standouts at Luc Mbah a Moute’s annual basketball camp in Cameroon is headed to one of the biggest college hoops programs in the nation.

Seven-footer Joel Embiid, who participated in the Luc Mbah a Moute Basketball Camp in Cameroon just two years ago at the age of 16, signed on Thursday to play college ball at the University of Kansas. After announcing his intention, Embiid thanked Luc for helping him gain more info about the program through contact with NBA players.

« When I was visiting schools I wanted to go and see what they got, » Embiid said. « After my visit I knew that Kansas was good. Luc talked to some people in the NBA and they said that the player development was good at Kansas. »

When Embiid attended the camp in 2010, Luc saw potential in him immediately. After the big man starred there and as a representative of Cameroon at the Basketball Without Borders camp, he earned a scholarship to play high school basketball at a private school in the United States.

Upon moving to the U.S. last year Embiid played at Luc’s alma-mater, Montverde Academy. He transferred this summer from Montverde to The Rock School in Gainesville and has been impressing scouts in early season play. Kansas coach Bill Self lauded Embiid’s potential in a release from the school.

“He, in my opinion, has a chance to be as good as any big guy we’ve recruited. He’s long, has touch. He is literally just getting started. His potential is untapped. I think he’s just now starting to figure it out and get confidence. The way we play, we can move him around and he made me a much better coach when he put his name on the dotted line.”

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