After years of practice and hard work, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is now living his dream, playing against the best basketball players in the world in the NBA.
Though he didn’t start playing until he was 12 years old, No. 12 possessed an uncanny ability to adapt to the game and has taken his talent all the way to the top at every level he has played.
After falling in love with the game, Luc Richard knew he could never give up and his success today is a product of perseverance.
« I remained positive and I kept dreaming, » he said. « I knew what I wanted to accomplish which was to get into the NBA and I just kept putting that in front of me and I kept chasing it. My family support also played a big part in it. »
Luc recently sat down with Dulce Camer, a blog highlighting some of the best and brightest that represent the country of Cameroon. Luc was kind enough to share his break into basketball:
« When I was about 14, I joined a club in my hometown of Yaoundé called ONYX. After 3 years, my skills improved a whole lot so I was selected to represent Cameroon at the NBA Basketball Without Borders camp in S.A formally called Africa 100.
From there I got a scholarship to come play at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida where I played for 3 years. In 2004, UCLA recruited me to play for their basketball team. I played there for three years, I went to three Final Four [appearances], in two of those I played against Joakim Noah, the Milwaukee Bucks then drafted me and I’ve been playing here for the past three years. »
No. 12 has joined up with fellow African athletes such as Dikembe Mutumbo, to raise basketball awareness in such countries, making the children there aware of the opportunities that exist for them, as he told Dulce Camer:
« Well the first thing that we should focus on is I think the infrastructure and our material resources. The next thing we should focus on are the children from ages five to 12. By training them at an early age it gives them more time to develop their skills in order to maximize the opportunities for them to play at a professional level in Europe or the U.S. »
Luc Richard showed of the talent that has made him an influential NBA talent on Friday night in Cleveland.
No. 12 pulled down a game-high nine rebounds and scored six points to help his Bucks to their second straight win, 102-88 over the Cavaliers.
Of Luc’s nine boards, three came on the offensive glass. He also had a steal and a block, scored his six points on 2-of-3 from the field and did it all in just 19 minutes of game action.
The win came on the tail end of back-to-back wins within the Eastern Conference. The Bucks welcomed the Washington Wizards Wednesday and sent them home disappointed, after a 100-87 Milwaukee victory.
But Milwaukee’s streak came to an end on Saturday when the Memphis Grizzlies knocked them off, 94-81.
Tonight, the Bucks head to Chicago to take on the BullS.
Luc Richard was the Bucks’ top performer versus the Bulls on December 28 with a 12-point, 10-rebound, double-double.
Tonight’s rematch is scheduled for a 7 p.m. CST tip-off and can be seen locally on FSN Wisconsin.