May 20, 1978 |
Edéa, Littoral Province, Cameroon
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||257 lb (117 kg)|
|High school||Archbishop Carroll
|NBA draft||2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49th overall|
|Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers|
|Pro playing career||2001–2011|
Ruben Bertrand Boumtje Boumtje (born May 20, 1978 in Edéa, Littoral Province) is a retired Cameroonian professional basketball player. At 7'0" and 260 lbs, he played at center. He is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., U.S., and enjoyed a brief stint in the NBA. Boumtje-Boumtje retired in November 2011 at age 33 because of a heart condition.
High school and college
Boumtje-Boumtje attended Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. for one year. He played college basketball at Georgetown University and holds career averages of 9.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He ranks fourth on the Hoyas' all-time blocked shots list with 255, behind Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo.
Boumtje-Boumtje was selected in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 50th overall pick and participated in 44 games over three seasons from 2001 until January 21, 2004, when he was traded along with guard Jeff McInnis to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for small forward Darius Miles.
He was waived soon afterwards, having never played a game for them. In July 2005, Boumtje-Boumtje was drafted in the 2005 AAPBL Draft but the league folded before a game was even played. On August 22, 2005, it was announced the Orlando Magic had signed him to a contract of undisclosed terms. He had played five games with them during the 2005 Reebok Vegas Summer League while averaging 4.8 points, shooting 56.3 percent of his field goals (9-of-16), and 3.6 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game.
Boumtje-Boumtje played the 2006-07 season for ALBA Berlin in the ULEB Cup and the German Basketball Bundesliga. After the season, his contract was not renewed, but he joined league rival EWE Baskets Oldenburg in November as a replacement for injured Dan McClintock and later signed for the remainder of the 07-08 season. Oldenburg renewed his contract for the 08-09 season. The team became the German league champions in June 2009.
In 2010 Boumtje-Boumtje became joined the Artland Dragons in Germany. One year later he signed with FC Bayern, but he immediately retired after just 4 games, because of an irregularity with his heart. 
Boumtje-Boumtje speaks three languages - a native Cameroonian language, French and English. At Georgetown he was a pre-med, as well as a mathematics and biology double major. He was named Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2001, an honor often reserved for athletes in non-televised sports, and used the occasion to restate his intention to attend medical school if he were not drafted by the NBA.
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