Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje

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Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje
Personal information
Born (1978-05-20) May 20, 1978 (age 41)
Edéa, Cameroon
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight257 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High schoolArchbishop Carroll
(Washington, D.C.)
CollegeGeorgetown (1997–2001)
NBA draft2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career2001–2011
Career history
20012004Portland Trail Blazers
2004–2005Fayetteville Patriots
2006–2007Alba Berlin
2007–2010EWE Baskets Oldenburg
2010–2011Artland Dragons
2011Bayern Munich
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Ruben Bertrand Boumtje Boumtje (born May 20, 1978) 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., and enjoyed a brief stint in the NBA. Boumtje-Boumtje retired in November 2011 at age 33 because of a heart condition.[1]

High school and college[edit]

Boumtje-Boumtje attended Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. for one year.[2] 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.[3]


Boumtje-Boumtje was selected in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 50th overall pick[4] 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.[5] 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.

European leagues[edit]

Boumtje-Boumtje played the 2006-07 season for Alba Berlin[6] 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 2007-2008 season. Oldenburg renewed his contract for the 2008-2009 season. The team became the German league champions in June 2009.

In 2010 Boumtje-Boumtje joined the Artland Dragons in Germany. In 2011, he signed with Bayern Munich, but he immediately retired after just 4 games, because of an irregularity with his heart.[7][8]


Boumtje-Boumtje speaks three languages - a native Cameroonian language, French and English.[9] At Georgetown he was a pre-med, as well as a mathematics and biology double major.[10] 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.[11] In 2014, Ruben earned a master's degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Georgetown University. He recently interned at Elder Research.[12]

After his playing career, he joined the Philadelphia 76ers’ staff as a technical scout.[13]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

2001–02 Portland 33 1 7.4 .406 .520 1.7 .1 .1 .5 1.2
2002–03 Portland 2 0 2.5 .000 .5 .5 .5 .0 .0
2003–04 Portland 9 0 2.9 .200 1.000 .1 .1 .0 .1 .4
Career 44 1 6.3 .368 .556 1.3 .1 .1 .4 1.0


  1. ^ Heart issue forces center Boumtje-Boumtje to retire |
  2. ^ League of Nations
  3. ^ NBA Development League: Ruben Boumtje Boumtje
  4. ^ "NBA Draft 2001". Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  5. ^ RealGM: Basketball Wiretap Archives: Magic Sign Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje
  6. ^ ALBA BERLIN - Albatrosse
  7. ^
  8. ^ Former Trail Blazers center Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje retires because of heart condition
  9. ^ Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje Bio
  10. ^ Ruthie Braunstein (March 23, 2001). "Standing Tall, On and Off the Court". The Hoya. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007.
  11. ^ M.C. Cohen (April 2001). "Ruben Boumtje Boumtje: Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year". Education Update.
  12. ^ "Elder Research". August 2014.
  13. ^ "Front Office Directory". Philadelphia 76ers. Retrieved October 23, 2018.

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