The University of Texas at Arlington has announced the commitment of Patrick Mwamba of Democratic Republic of Congo. Mwamba is the fourth graduate of the NBA Academies program to commit to an NCAA D1 school, following two men and one woman committing to D1 schools earlier this year. He is the first graduate of The NBA Academy Africa to commit to a D1 school.
His personal journey is an intriguing one as he began playing basketball in 2012 in his home country of the DRC at an academy called Promo Jeune Basket. He was coached by Kiper Mulolwa, who in 2016 realized Mwamba had special talent based on his performance at the Afrobasket Cup 2016 when he was part of the Congolese U18 team. He was the leading scorer at that event, after which NBA staff began scouting him and invited him to BWB in Angola.
NBA vice president, international basketball operations and head of elite basketball Brooks Meek was enthused by Mwamba’s commitment to UT-A.
“Patrick’s commitment to UT Arlington is a testament to his hard work over the past few years and an important milestone for the NBA Academies program,” Meek said. “One of the first prospects to enroll at The NBA Academy Africa in 2017 following two appearances at Basketball Without Borders, Patrick has shown a consistent focus on improving his game while serving as a leader for his teammates. As the first graduate from The NBA Academy Africa to commit to a D-I school, Patrick has set an example for aspiring players from Africa and around the world to follow, and we wish him the best in Arlington.”
Mwamba participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa 2016 in Angola, where he earned camp MVP. Basketball Without Borders is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that has been conducted annually since 2001, with more than 55 former BWB campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents. Following BWB in Angola, he was invited to be part of the first group of prospects at The NBA Academy Africa.
Mwamba then attended the BWB Global Camp at All-Star 2017 in New Orleans. The annual BWB Global Camp at All-Star brings together the top international prospects from the previous summer’s BWB camps. He didn’t stop there and also participated in the first NBA Academy Games at the NBA academy in Australia. The NBA Academy Games bring together prospects from all seven NBA Academies around the world to compete against and learn from one another.
Mwamba was also a participant in the GBA Invitational in Prague, where he was the tournament’s leading scorer and named to the tournament’s All-Star 5. And last spring, he took part in the NCAA’s first Next Generation Sunday event at the 2018 Men’s Final Four, which is where UT-Arlington saw him compete.
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