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Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
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Milwaukee Bucks  – No. 12
Small forward/Power forward
Born September 9, 1986 (1986-09-09) (age 23)
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Nationality Cameroon
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
League NBA
Salary $757,000
High school Montverde Academy
(Montverde, Florida)
College UCLA
Draft 2nd round, 37th overall, 2008
Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 2008present
Awards 2006 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
Profile Info Page
Medal record
Men's Basketball
Competitor for  Cameroon
African Championships
Silver 2007 Angola National team

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (born September 9, 1986 in Yaoundé, Cameroon) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is the twin brother of Emmanuel Bidias a Mouté, who plays basketball for Texas State University. Mbah a Mouté is a prince in his native village of Bia Messe (near Yaounde)[1], as he is a son of the elected village chief, Camille Mouté à Bidias. His father is a high-ranking government official, managing the National Employment Fund of Cameroon, a training and job-placement national agency.

Mbah a Moute gave up his eligibility to play college basketball at UCLA for his senior year to enter the 2008 NBA Draft, in which he was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round (overall pick #37).[2][3]

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College career

From Montverde Academy in Florida, Mbah a Mouté led the Pac-10 Champion Bruins in rebounding as a freshman. Mbah a Mouté led or tied for the lead for the Bruins in rebounding in 27 regular season games. In the NCAA tournament, Mbah a Mouté scored the winning layup at the end of a comeback win over Gonzaga in the Sweet 16. Mbah a Mouté also posted 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 assist in a Final Four victory over LSU. For the year, Mbah a Mouté averaged 8.9 points and 8.1 rebounds.

He has become something of a cult phenomenon among the UCLA faithful. Along with fellow Cameroonian Alfred Aboya, the dynamic duo have sparked the "Cameroon Crazies" (a take-off of Duke's "Cameron Crazies" fans) section, along with an enormously popular t-shirt which reads "Moute Kicks Boute".[4]

His mother, Goufane a Ziem Agnes Bertine, and his father, Camille Mouté à Bidias had never seen him play for UCLA, until they came from Cameroon to attend the Final Four of the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[5] During the 2008 season, his team had a record of 35–4 and won their third-straight Pac-10 title and third-straight NCAA Final Four.

Mbah a Moute ended his UCLA career with an honorable mention All-Pac-10, honorable mention Pac-10 All-Defensive Team selection and a fifth place finish in scoring (8.8 ppg). He is ranked as the No. 15 rebounder with a total of 775 rebounds.

Mbah a Moute became the first player to start in three straight Final Fours at UCLA in 34 years. Bill Walton, Jamaal Wilkes and Greg Lee (1972–74) were the last players at UCLA, and Andre Hutson and Charlie Bell of Michigan State (1999–2001) were the last ones to do so.

NBA career

As a second round pick, Mbah a Moute got off to a quick start with the Milwaukee Bucks, and quickly became a fan favorite. His strong play, especially on defense, led to him overtaking Charlie Villanueva as the Bucks' starting power forward only nine games into the season. In his second game as a starter, Mbah a Moute posted career highs of 19 points and 17 rebounds in a 101–96 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. As of November 20, 2008, Mbah A Moute is averaging 10.5 points and 7.2 rebounds, and is regularly regarded as one of the top rookies in the 2008 draft class.

Career statistics

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NBA

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Milwaukee 82 52 25.8 .462 .000 .729 5.9 1.1 1.1 .5 7.2
Career 82 52 25.8 .462 .000 .729 5.9 1.1 1.1 .5 7.2

Awards and recognition

Mbah a Moute was named the Freshman of the Year in the Pacific Ten Conference, edging out Arizona freshman Marcus Williams.

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