NBA, UAAP and NCAA stars highlight stacked Cameroon pool for AfroBasket 2017


If you’re a hoops junkie, you might find plenty of reasons to cheer for Cameroon in the upcoming 2017 FIBA Afrobasket tournament.

The Cameroonian Basketball Federation has released their 30-man pool for the tournament’s qualifiers and final round, and there are plenty of recognizable names.

Cameroon 30-player preliminary roster for FIBA AfroBasket 2017
Francois Affia Arnold Akola Nkene Aziz Alfred Aroga
Christian Bayang Simon Bileg Felix Bogmis Joel Embiid
Pierre Essome Kenneth Kadji Brylle Kamen Luc Mbah a Moute
Ben Mballa  Boris Mbala  Arnaud Moto Arsene Mouaha
Williams Narrace Seoud Njoya Landry Nnoko Arnaud Noah
Hans Ntamak Jeremy Nzeulie Gedeon Pitard Pascal Siakam
Ngijol Songolo Etienne Tametong Jonathan Tchuisseu Franck Tchoubaye
Ralph Temgoua Franck Yangue    

On the NBA side, headlining the list are rookies Joel Embiid and Pascal Siakam, of the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors, respectively. Also in the mix is veteran Luc Mbah a Moute, currently a starter for the LA Clippers.

If you watch local collegiate sports, there are three other names that should interest you.

Included in the pool are DLSU’s Ben Mbala, San Beda’s Arnaud Noah, and former NU Bulldog Alfred Aroga.

Mbala was named UAAP MVP behind regular season averages of 20.6 points, 16.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.4 steals, and 2.4 blocks. Noah on the other hand was awarded Finals MVP after norming 16.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the Red Lions’ sweep of the Arellano Chiefs.

Aroga just wrapped up his final season in the UAAP, putting up 10.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 blocks.

Cameroon has been drawn into Group E along with Chad, and Gabon. The team that emerges from that mix in March will qualify for the Afrobasket proper, set for August 17-31 in Brazzaville, Congo-Brazzaville.

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