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.
- Roger Moute a Bidias breaks out at National Prep Showcase (CBS Sports, November 16, 2012)
- National Prep Showcase: Top Performers (CBS Sports, November 19, 2012)
- Moute a Bidias sets sight on success (Sentinel and Enterprise, November 1, 2012)