Mbah a Moute Camp

Luc Mbah a Moute Camp 2017 : first in Zimbabwe !

Luc Mbah a Moute Camp 2017 : first in Zimbabwe !

Luc Mbah a Moute traveled to Zimbabwe from June 23 to 25 for his annual basketball camp, which he has been doing since 2010. The previous editions used to be organized in Cameroon, but this year the camp was held in Zimbabwe.

During his stay, Luc trained, advised, and coached 50 pre-selected athletes from the Eaglesvale Senior School. An opportunity for them to open the doors of professionalism.

An event organized by the iBelieve Sports Academy in partnership with Fundamentally Astute Athletics.

 

 

@lucmbahamoute mobbed by reporters at the airport upon his arrival in Zimbabwe! #LucMbahAMouteBasketballCamp

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@lucmbahamoute Basketball Camp in Zimbabwe 2017! #dunkcontest winning dunk! Jr in High School. @coachdeloatch @ibelievesportsacademy

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Donations to the orphanage Foyer Saint Teresa of childhood

Donations to the orphanage Foyer Saint Teresa of childhood

As every year, Luc Mbah a Moute during the organizing basketball camps in Cameroon, distributes a multitude of gifts, especially in orphanages. This year, it is the young children of the Home of St. Therese who had the pleasure to receive food and presents from Luc Mbah a Moute.

 

 

Luc Mbah a Moute Basketball Camp 2015: the pics!

Luc Mbah a Moute Basketball Camp 2015: the pics!

The 2015 edition of Luc Mbah a Moute Basketball Camp has finished last Tuesday. Another success with 83 selected basketball players, including 22 girls aged 13-17 years and from Bafoussam (West), Bamenda in the North West of Buea (Southwest) Douala in the Littoral region and Yaoundé (Central and South), attended the camp for three days.

Here are some pics from the event!

List of nominees for the Mbah a Moute Camp 2015

List of nominees for the Mbah a Moute Camp 2015

After presets that took place there a few days, here are the young people selected for the Luc Mbah a Moute Camp 2015, which will take place from 26 to 28 June at Palais Polyvalent des Sports de Yaoundé. Congratulations to you all!

 

Boys

U 18

LYLEE CEDRIC

EKANI ESSALA

FOKOU JOEL

NOUDEL EMMANUEL

DJAOMANWE

EBANDA PASCAL

HELL MAKONG

ABESSOLO AMBOMO ALEXANDRE

NDJITCHOUA AXEL

BABAGNAK EDWIN

MIAFFO JOSEPH

NGADJIO YANN

GUIMDO LEVI

YEYAP LOUIS

DJONTU MBA

MOUAHA ARSENE

LIKWAL LIKWAL

KOUROUNGOU

TCHEMI

NKEMENI LOIC

TEUKAM FRANCK

MATJE SERGE

EDJENGUELE

YASSI BOLIVON

DIFFOUO BORIS

NDJOG ELONG

TUENO

IKOUME J.H.

SIMO LOIC

MEYNARD MARC

BESSE MARC OLIVIER

NGUIDJOL GEORGE

PEMBOURA CAMILLE

TCHEWA TCHAMADEU RUSSEL

MVOGO ANTHONY

YOUMBI TAGNI CONSTANT

BIYOUMA JULIEN

TCHAMWA JONATHAN

LOE YVAN

NGOUMOU OWEN

NOMBOT NDENGUE BRANDON

SIMO KAMGA GHISLAIN

AHOUME JEAN CALVIN

HAPPI CELESTIN

ACHERE CHRIS NOEL

DINAMOU OUSMAN

BADANGO KLAUS CURIE

BELAL MANA

NGRASSOU PATRICK

CHI KIBENG

NJOYA OUSMAN

BILONG NYOUNG GHISLAIN

U 14

WEZIEH FRU DARIUS YVAN

ITEM MOMNOUKI VALDEZ

TEKEU LURIS JORDAN

SIDZE FRANCK EMMANUEL

NDJICKI JOSEPH NATHAN

WEZIEH MONGU STEVE

BONKIYAN PAUL

DZEMO LOUIS

 

Girls

NOGUE NOELLE

NYTSAMENNE MARYVONNE

MELONE STEPHANIE

ONGBAGNAMEN ENGUEL FLORE

FADIMATOU AMADOU SASHA

TOUKO SANDRINE

ONGOLO ORIANE JOSEPHA

ONANA LINE

OWONA LEONIE

NGOMANG MINKA MARIE

WOUNTSA MICHELLE

CORINE SEN ANDREW LAFLEUR

DONMEZA NANMETIO MANUELLA

NDULA EUGENA

EFUFFA TONGA

AMOUGOU SUZANNE

SOKOUDJOU MICHELLE

LUYA SAMIRA

NYINKEU CAROLE

KINYUY QUINTA

SAHFE STEPHANIE

YORONDI KAIMISSINA EMELINE

Visit to the Embassy of the United States in Yaounde

Visit to the Embassy of the United States in Yaounde

On May 21, Ambassador Michael S. Hoza hosted a dinner in honor of Luc Mbah a Moute, for his outstanding achievements, leadership and dedication in helping the cameroonian youth through sport.

Great time at the US ambassador's residence in Yaounde thursday night… Had a blast! Great things ahead!

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On May 21, Ambassador Michael S. Hoza hosted a dinner in honor of Luc Mbah a Moute, Cameroonian NBA basketball player…

Posted by U.S. Embassy Yaounde on vendredi 22 mai 2015

Luc Mbah a Moute Basketball Camp 2015 : preset program

Luc Mbah a Moute Basketball Camp 2015 : preset program

The 2015 edition of Luc Mbah a Moute Basketball Camp is brewing. Here are the dates of the next presets to be held in Cameroon:

Saturday, May 9: Buea Molyko Complex

Sunday, May 10: Douala

Saturday, May 16: Bamenda

Sunday, May 17: Bafoussam Multisports Complex in the Urban Community (the Lawn)

Sunday, May 24: Yaounde INJS

For more information about this edition and previous, go to the website www.mbahamoutecamp.info

Luc’s Visit at the Orphanage “The Centers of Hope”

Luc’s Visit at the Orphanage “The Centers of Hope”

When Luc went back to Cameroon this summer, after his annual Mbah a Moute Basketball Camp, he made a stop at the Orphanage of Yaounde called “The centers of Hope”, to make donations for the children. The event was rich in emotion.

Luc’s Visit at the Orphanage

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Luc’s Visit at the Orphanage-3

Luc Mbah a Moute’s Basketball Camp 2014

Luc Mbah a Moute’s Basketball Camp 2014

The 4th Edition of LMAM’s Basketball Camp took place last weekend in Yaoundé, Cameroon. This event takes place every year during summer, it allows young Cameroonians to show their talent and get some preparation for the NBA’s Basketball without Borders’ selection.

 

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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Africa’s Hoop Dreams

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is always cognizant of his roots.

So when opportunities present themselves for Luc to return to Africa and participate in outreach programs with charitable organizations, he always jumps at the chance.


Luc was a counselor at Basketball Without Borders Africa for the third straight year.

Late last month Luc made the trip over to Africa with several other NBA players as part of Basketball Without Borders, for a camp in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was at the same camp back in 2003 that Luc was discovered by counselors. He still remembers the experience vividly, his first opportunity to meet Dikembe Mutombo and Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje, the NBA’s first Cameroonian player, as he told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in a recent interview.

« The closest I got to the NBA was getting up at 3 a.m. to watch games on TV. When I came to this camp and met Dikembe Mutombo, it was a dream come true. Not only could you see it, but feel it and live it, » he said.  « They were Africans, just like me. That had a big impact. »

Through his showing at that camp back in 2003, Luc earned a scholarship to play high school basketball in Florida. He went on to UCLA and then the NBA and became one of the faces of the program and the continent’s basketball potential. Since becoming a NBA player, Luc has returned to Africa every year to take part in the camp as a counselor.

Among those who joined him this time around were C.J. Watson of the Brooklyn Nets, Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls and four members of the Oklahoma City Thunder: Nick Collison, Cole Aldrich, Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha. Deng, Ibaka and Sefolosha all have ties to Africa and Luc told the Journal-Sentinel that meeting players that come from where they did is important to the campers.

« It means a lot for these kids to see that many African players in the NBA, » Mbah a Moute said. « It raises the level of hope for those kids. »

The 2012 edition of the camp featured 60 African players and while the counselors took the players through plenty of drills and organized games, they also sat them down and talked to each of the campers about life and their options going forward.

« The one question I get asked is what’s up after this camp for them, » Luc said. « The most important thing they learn at this camp is not about basketball. It’s about life skills. »

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The Top Five at Camp

The following players were selected at the five best at Luc’s recent basketball camp in Cameroon:

NOAH NDZANA GERMAIN
MBALLA MENDZANA BENOIT
EMBIID JOEL
TCHIENGANG TANKOUO WILLIAM
MOUSTAPHA ARAFAT

Congratulations to these five, and to all of the participants of the camp.

Teaching The Game to Give Back in Cameroon

Greetings from Cameroon, where I’m conducting my second annual Luc Mbah a Moute Basketball Camp.

We completed pre-selection for the camp last week with visits to my hometown of Yaounde and also Douala. I left for Cameroon on Monday, July 11th and the Yaounde pre-selection was July 13th. Then it was over to Douala on the 15th to see the rest of the potential campers.

From those two tryouts, we narrowed down a large turnout to just 50 young players. We posted the names of the playershere on my website.

Last year was the first edition of the camp and it was really successful. To get the top 50 kids age 12-16 from the two pre-selections, we had to narrow down a group of about 350 players to just 50 for the camp. With those kinds of cuts, you get to the cream of the crop so it’s really the top players in the country. Then at the end of the camp, we select five players to represent Cameroon at Basketball Without Borders.

Last year, four of our five players made the All-Star team at Basketball Without Borders and the MVP of Basketball Without Borders was the same kid who was the MVP of my camp, so I was really happy with that. It was a really great experience.

Four of the kids from the camp last year are now in the United States on scholarship, going to high school and kind of doing what I did. To me, that’s my way of giving back. My goal last year was just to have one kid get a scholarship and go over to the United States. To have four now, all going to high school in the U.S, is incredible.

If every year I can have at least one kid that has the chance to go to the U.S. and get a better education using his athletic ability, that would be great.

That’s what made me who I am. I had a chance to do pretty much the same thing. So I think it’s important for me to go back and give back to the kids. Hopefully then, sometime in the future, they can become better basketball players and get a chance to become professionals.

TEACHING FROM THE TOP
The game has grown a lot in Africa, but at the same time, it hasn’t.

Where it has grown is that basketball is now the second most popular sport in Africa, behind soccer. You can tell just by looking at the NBA Draft. It was crazy for me to see how many players from Africa were selected. Back in the day, it used to be one or none. Nowadays it seems like every year there’s somebody from Africa coming in and making an impact on a team. That’s good. It shows how the game has grown in Africa. The talent is here.

But we still have trouble with facilities and equipment. It’s the same trouble that we had when I was growing up. That’s kind of sad because now we have kids wanting to play and ready to get involved with basketball but they don’t have the means. A lot of kids don’t even have basketballs to play with. They don’t have courts that they can go to and play. Sometimes, even if they have those two, there’s really nobody to teach them how to play.

That’s a big problem for basketball in Africa right now. It’s something that guys like myself and other players that go on and become successful in basketball have to try to address along with the federation and hopefully NBA Africa. We have to work on the infrastructure to help out the talent that is here.

It’s also one of the things I try to address at my camp. Every kid that comes to the camp, we give them plenty of gear including a basketball and shoes and then we try to teach them basic skills.

This year’s camp begins on Friday, July 22nd and I’m really excited about it. The goal of the camp, along with helping a select few kids try to get an education, is to help all of them learn the basics of the sport. A lot of kids here, they just get up and play. They don’t have coaching and it’s kind of hard for them to develop the knowledge of the things you need to play the game.

So in the morning we’ll have a drill session where we really teach them the fundamentals of basketball. We’ll do a bunch of different drills and break the group down into stations. We’ll do ball-handling, shooting, L-cut, V-cut. Just stuff like that. We put them in a one-on-one situations with the coaches so they can really learn.

In the afternoon, we come back and do some team stuff, like the five-man weave and other team drills. Then we’ll let them play for about an hour and myself and a group of coaches will sit there and watch them to evaluate the players. That’s how we select the top five.

We had a big partner who came on board this year and they’ve been doing a great job promoting the camp. I think everybody is excited. A lot of the guys saw what the camp did for last year’s top five, giving them an opportunity to travel, come to the United States and get a better education using basketball. So now, so many kids want to participate. I think it’s good that all of them are getting involved. It gives them something to look forward to and something to work toward.

Even for the kids who don’t make the top five, with those morning drills, we try to give each student a blueprint of what they can do on their own or with their friends to get better. By the end of the camp, you don’t have any more excuses. You have a basketball, you’ve been taught how to play, now make the best of it.

It’s a guideline for how to get better. If you go out everyday and you do what you were taught here at the camp, there’s no doubt that next year when you come back you should be a better player than you were the last year. Hopefully that will work out with the guys that were here last year. We’ll see this year how much better they got. The point is to just give them those drills and hopefully they can take that knowledge in and use those drills and the gear to become better players.

ENJOYING AFRICA
While I’m in Africa for the camp, I’m hoping to spend some time with my family and travel around the country a bit. I haven’t done that in a while. I want do the tourist thing for a couple of days.

I really appreciate the support everyone over here has given me and shows me whenever I come back. In the first few years after I went over the U.S., when I came back, a lot of people didn’t know about me, because they were all just big fans of soccer.

But over the last couple of years, with the success I’ve had and the growth of basketball, along with the different stuff I do here, I’m more recognized when I’m walking around. I always make sure to take time for the fans. It’s great to be back. People always show me love and support me in everything that I do.

I’m looking forward to another successful camp and a great trip home. Thanks for reading, everybody!

2011 Campers Announced

Congratulations to the campers who have been selected for Luc’s 2011 Basketball Camp in Cameroon.

The official list is as follows:

TSANGUE CEDRIC
BELL MBENOUN DOMINIQUE
BAKINDE ARTHUR
OMGBA OMGBA CHARLES
BANGAI DINAMOU
TCHEUWA NKAMAHA KEVIN
MBALLA MENDZANA BENOIT
MBARGA PATRICK
NOAH NDZANA GERMAIN
METILA ONANA DAVID
BESSALA FERNAND AIME
NGUIDJOL JEAN
ABISSECK A NGON ERIC
EMBIID JOEL
ARIEL GASTON BOITTIAUX
BOGSO ADOLPHE
NTAMACK CONSTANT
TSOUNGUI MENGBWA FRANCK
AKOMO STEVE CEDRIC
AWANA BELINGUINE BERTRAND
TCHIENGANG TANKOUO WILLIAM
KUM CHUTE IWIYE
AYANGMA AGOUME STEPHANE
MIENNE EYENE LUDOVIC
MFON MOUNCHILI JACQUES
AYIAGNIGNI POUTOUOCHI ABDOULAYE
MOUSTAPHA ARAFAT
MAYNARD MARC
TCHUENTE PATRICK
MOUAHA SIEWE ADRIEN
OBA-ELLE RAOUL
LOE YVAN
AZANGUE BRICE ROMARIC
NZEUSSEU DJOUNTCHEU MIKE
BAINAI SYLVAIN
ADOUM ABBA MBANG
NJIKE BLERIOT
NDOUGLEY CHRISTIAN RODRIGUE
AZANGUE DREVET ARNOLD
YANA JEAN PIERRE
SOULEYMAN SAAR GAMAI
PANCHA MOUSTAPHA
MINYANGADOU MADOLLA STEVE
MOUKOURI NSAI FRANCK
BASSINGHA MARTIN JONATHAN
SIEKOU MOUATCHO JEAN
WADJA NGAMGA HERVE
MVONDO ESSOGO PAULIN
TCHAMDA BRICE
TCHADJEU SIAKAM TCHAMO PASCAL