Aboya with Link Tochigi Brex in Japan in 2010.
|Power forward / Center|
2 January 1985 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||Tilton School (Tilton, New Hampshire)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||2009–present|
|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 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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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). 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.
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). Aboya averaged 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds a game, both personal bests. He drew praise for his defense, and also developed a 12-foot (3.7 m) jump shot. Aboya and fellow senior teammates Darren Collison and Josh Shipp finishe their careers as the winningest class in UCLA history with 123 wins. The distinction was relative, as John Wooden's legendary teams played shorter seasons and freshmen were ineligible.
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. He aspired to one day become the president of Cameroon.
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. However, he was released a week later.
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.
In March 2013, he moved back to Final Gençlik.
On November 1, 2013, he was acquired by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. 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. On March 20, 2014, he was acquired by the Reno Bighorns. On March 28, 2014, he was released by the Bighorns before appearing in a game for them.
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