Nov. 15, 2004
UCLA head coach Ben Howland on Monday announced UCLA's fourth and fifth National-Letter-of-Intent (NLI) signees - 6-8, 242-pound Alfred Aboya (Tilton Prep Academy/Tilton, NH) and 6-7, 215-pound Luc Richard Mbaha Moute (Montverde Academy/Montverde, FL). Both players, who will be freshmen at UCLA next fall, are from the African republic of Cameroon* and attending high school in the U. S.
Rated the No. 18 center in the U. S. by Athlon, Aboya's other preseason honors include - Street & Smith's High Honorable Mention All-American, Lindy's No. 89 player in the U. S., The Sporting News' No. 91, Scout.com No. 92 and Basketball News' No. 100.
As a junior in 2004, Aboya led Tilton Prep Academy to the New Hampshire Class B State title. He averaged 22.0 points and 12.0 rebounds as an inside player for coach Scott Willard.
From the African republic of Cameroon, he has played for the Cameroon National team.
"I'm very pleased with Alfred's commitment," said Howland. "He was the last of our five commitments. He's a very gifted athlete at 6-8 and 242-pounds. He's tough, physical and athletic. As he continues to develop, he's going to be a very good player."
Luc Richard Mbaha Moute
A good rebounder and defender with exceptional quickness, Mbaha Moute is a Street & Smith's Honorable Mention All-American, a Scout.com Top 150 and rated the No. 15 prospect in Florida by FloridaHoops.com Last summer, Mbaha Moute improved his perimeter play and he can play either guard position or small forward.
As a junior honor roll student in 2004 at the Montverde Academy, he averaged 12.0 points a game for coach Kevin Sutton. Mbaha Moute, who came to the U. S. last season from the African republic of Cameroon, is slated to be a prince in his village after he graduates from UCLA.
"At 6-7, Luc has a long wing span and he is very athletic," Howland said. "He has good ball handling skills, can pass and shoot the basketball. He has a chance to be an outstanding defender, who could guard three positions -the point, off-guard and wing. He's extremely versatile."
Aboya and Mbaha Moute join UCLA's first three NLI signees, announced last week - 6-0, 165-pound point guard Darren Collison (Etiwanda HS/Rancho Cucamonga, CA); 6-5, 195-pound guard/forward Michael Roll (Aliso Niguel HS/Aliso Viejo, CA) and 6-9, 225-pound center/forward Ryan Wright (Loyola Catholic HS/Mississauga, Ontario, Canada).
"I am happy with this year's class," said Howland. "I think we filled our team's needs with quality players, as well as outstanding young men who will be joining our program."
What others are saying about UCLA's class of 2005
-Hoopmasters.com Van Coleman says - "Bruins continue to add quality depth in point guard Collison and rebounder Mbaha Moute. Look for explosive Canadian jumping jack Wright to push for a starting spot next winter. He has all the tools to become a future All-Pac-10 performer before he leaves Westwood."
-Long Beach Press-Telegram's Frank Burlison - "The gnashing of teeth among those who follow the Bruins' recruiting as closely as they do the team's on-court performance was relaxed last week, though, when the program got commitments from 6-9 Ryan Wright and 6-7 Luc Richard Mbaha Moute. Wright and Mbaha Moute were two of the most underrated prospects at the Nike Camp. Toss in guard Darren Collison, who decided on UCLA last spring, and Howland & Co. will have their second consecutive impressive class of signees."
-RivalsHoops.com Bob Gibbons - "The Bruins appear to be on the verge of having another national Top 20 recruiting class."
-Scout.com - rates UCLA's class No. 19 in the U. S.
Cameroon Facts* (compiled by Bruce Tenen)
Cameroon is located in west Africa, just south of Nigeria and has a population estimate of 16 million. The principal languages are English and French. Cameroon is slightly larger than California and its capital city is Yaounde. President Paul Biya has ruled the republic for over 20 years. Industries include oil production and aluminum processing and the main crops are cocoa, coffee and cotton.