Alfred Aboya

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Alfred Aboya
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Aboya with Link Tochigi Brex in Japan in 2010.
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1985-01-02) 2 January 1985 (age 29)
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Nationality Philippines Filipino- Cameroon Cameroonian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Tilton School (Tilton, New Hampshire)
College UCLA (2005–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Undrafted
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2010 Olympique Antibes (France)
2010 Link Tochigi Brex (Japan)
2010–2011 Hitachi Sunrockers (Japan)
2012 Bucaneros de La Guaira (Venezuela)
2012 Final Gençlik (Turkey)
2012–2013 Shiga Lakestars (Japan)
2013 Final Gençlik (Turkey)
2013–2014 Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League)

Alfred Aboya Baliaba (born 2 January 1985) is a Filipino-Cameroonian professional basketball player who last played for the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins, advancing to three Final Fours. He was a member of the winningest class in UCLA history with 123 wins.

Aboya grew up and attended high school in Cameroon before attending prep school in the United States. He attended college at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he earned his undergraduate degree in three years while playing four season for the Bruins. Aboya began his professional career in France, followed by Japan, Venezuela, and Turkey before returning to Japan.

Early life[edit]

Aboya was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon to his mother, Kedi Kofane Angele, and his father, Baliaba Aboya Casimir.[1]

He graduated from high school in Cameroon and then attended prep school at Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire. He was recruited by Tilton coach Scott Willard, who had only seen a picture of Aboya soaring for a slam dunk. The school was looking to grow its international student population, and it was developing an English as a Second Language program. Tilton had never had any students from Africa, while Aboya spoke a couple of languages—none of them English—and he was a star in two sports including basketball. Though he had already graduated from high school, Aboya was willing to sacrifice two years at Tilton as a path toward an American university education.[2]

He was a raw player when he began at Tilton. He became a dominant center by his senior year, and he drew attention from colleges like Georgetown and UCLA. On a visit to the West Coast, Aboya became friends with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who grew up near him in Yaoundé.[2]

College career[edit]

Aboya on defense against Oregon State's Daniel Deane in 2009.

Joined by Mbah a Moute, Aboya began attending UCLA in the fall of 2005. The two teammates relied on each other for support. UCLA advanced to the Final Four in each of Aboya's first three seasons.[3] In his freshman year, he was originally set to be a starter until he had arthroscopic surgery on both knees, delaying his debut until the seventh game of the season. He played 33 games, starting two, in 2005–06.[4] In his sophomore year, he played in 35 of the Bruins' 36 games, including one start. That season, he had almost as many offensive rebounds (68) as he did defensive rebounds (79).[1] As a junior in 2006–07, Aboya was one of four teammates to play in all 39 games. He made 17 starts, playing 15.2 minutes per game while averaging 2.9 points and 2.2 rebounds.[1]

In his senior year in 2008–09, UCLA relied on him as a rebounder after Mbah a Moute and Kevin Love had left for the National Basketball Association (NBA).[3] Aboya averaged 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds a game, both personal bests.[2][5] He drew praise for his defense, and also developed a 12-foot (3.7 m) jump shot.[6] Aboya and fellow senior teammates Darren Collison and Josh Shipp finished their careers as the winningest class in UCLA history with 123 wins.[7][8][9] The distinction was relative, as John Wooden's legendary teams played shorter seasons and freshmen were ineligible.[8]

Academically, Aboya felt he had fallen behind during his two years in prep school. He worked with his academic adviser to earn his undergraduate degree in three years, graduating with a grade point average over 3.0 in international relations. In his fourth year, he began work on his master’s degree in public policy.[2][3] He aspired to one day become the president of Cameroon.[3]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2009 NBA draft, he joined the Dallas Mavericks for the 2009 NBA Summer League. In September 2009, he signed with BCM Gravelines.[10] However, he was released a week later.[11]

In October 2009, he signed with Olympique Antibes of the LNB Pro B, before joining Link Tochigi Brex of the Japan Basketball League (JBL) in January 2010.[12]

In the summer of 2010, he signed with the Hitachi Sunrockers of the JBL for the 2010–11 season.[13]

He signed with Bucaneros de La Guaira of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto for the 2012 season, but he left in February 2012 and in March moved to Final Gençlik of the Turkish Basketball Second League.[13][14][15]

He played the 2012–13 season with Shiga Lakestars of Japan before being released in early 2013.[14][16]

In March 2013, he moved back to Final Gençlik.

On November 1, 2013, he was acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.[17] On November 22, he was waived by the Mad Ants. On December 20, 2013, he was re-acquired by the Mad Ants. On February 4, 2014, he was again waived by the Mad Ants.[18] On March 20, 2014, he was acquired by the Reno Bighorns.[19] On March 28, 2014, he was released by the Bighorns before appearing in a game for them.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Alfred Aboya". UCLABruins.com. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Robinson, Joshua (12 March 2009). "With Every Dunk, Aboya Soars Higher at U.C.L.A.". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Katz, Andy (5 November 2008). "On the court, in the classroom, Aboya rises to the challenge". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Spring, Steve (5 December 2005). "Aboya Makes Long-Awaited College Debut". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 7 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Alfred Aboya Stats, Bio". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 7 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Wharton, David (11 February 2009). "Alfred Aboya is happening for UCLA". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Pac-10 Conference". USA Today. 6 April 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Wharton, David (8 March 2009). "Seniors honored after winning careers". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 7 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "No. 20 UCLA 94, Oregon 68". CBSSports.com. 7 March 2009. Archived from the original on 7 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Gravelines adds size with Aboya
  11. ^ Rob Lewin signs for Gravelines
  12. ^ "Alfred Aboya". LNB.fr (in French). Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Aboya, Alfred". promotex.org. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Odeven, Ed (24 August 2012). "Ashby makes Rizing Fukuoka fifth team in Japan career". The Japan Times. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Alfred Aboya bolsters Shiga Lakestars roster". asia-basket.com. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  16. ^ Odeven, Ed (2 February 2013). "Cinq Reves acquire veteran guard Cummard". The Japan Times. Archived from the original on 6 February 2013. 
  17. ^ Mad Ants Chose 5 in NBA D-League Draft
  18. ^ Alfred Aboya Player Profile – RealGM
  19. ^ Reno Bighorns Acquire Alfred Aboya
  20. ^ Sacramento Kings Assign Willie Reed to Reno Bighorns

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