MANILA, Philippines – Former UAAP Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala is taking his talents to South Korea.
The Seoul Samsung Thunders of the Korean Basketball League announced on their Facebook page that they had signed the former De La Salle University star.
Mbala also confirmed the move on his own Facebook account. The 22-year-old forward is still in France, and will visit his family in Cameroon before heading to South Korea in late August.
Mbala was one of the most dominant forces ever seen in Philippine collegiate basketball, having led the Green Archers to the UAAP Season 79 title and to a runner-up finish in Season 80. He won MVP honors in both seasons.
However, the Cameroonian big man opted to forego his final season of eligibility with La Salle.
He has since played for Fuerza Regia in Mexico and for Chorale Roanne Basket in France, while also suiting up for Cameroon in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
Mbala averaged 11.6 points on 54% shooting to go along with 5.6 rebounds per game in 25 games for Roanne.
During the recent FIBA World Cup qualifying window, Mbala averaged 13.7 points and four rebounds per game, while helping Cameroon advance to the second round of the African qualifiers.
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