TEAM / Fans & Supporters
“Mike has done an amazing job with my two young brothers, Roger Moute and Joel Embiid. They improved their skills so much, so fast, in that short period of time they worked with him. They both went from average high school prospects to earning high major Division 1 scholarships.
I believe Mike’s ability to make kids better on the court, combined with his commitment and dedication to this organization, will be great for the city of Milwaukee.”
That Luc Richard Mbah a Moute reached the ranks of professional basketball’s elite speaks to his tremendous natural ability. It is also a tribute to his unsurpassed determination, his work ethic, and the uncommon intelligence he brings to the game.
He did not pick up a basketball until he was 12 years old. By the time he turned 15, he was one of the best youth players in his native Cameroon. Three years later, he was among the UCLA faithful. At 21, he was a starter in the NBA.
“There [were] a lot of kids playing at the time. I was just good enough to be selected to be one of those kids because of my work ethic. I got better real quick, and once I started playing, that was the only thing I did. Play all day and keep working.”
A decade after being introduced to basketball, Luc is emerging as one of the most talented young defenders in the game, eager to improve and to use his success to give back to communities in the U.S., in Africa, and around the world.
Off the court, Luc would like to return to Cameroon and use his resources to improve education. He’d also like to become an ambassador of Cameroon, Africa. He wants to help kids who don’t have parents to pay for school and don’t have anyone to take care of them — especially the ones who end up dropping out and going to the streets to find something to eat instead of getting an education. Cameroon, says Luc, is where his heart lies: “I’d like to move back there and be an ambassador for my country to teach everyone how beautiful it is.”