Saturday, December 10, 2005

Royalty Graces UCLA

He stands 6 feet 7, yet there is something graceful there, something almost peaceful. It is not hard to envision something regal about Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. UCLA's starting freshman forward smiles easily. What few probably expected him to do was to succeed at was as an instant starter for the No. 16 Bruins.Yet, due partially the knee surgeries to fellow freshman and Cameroon native Alfred Aboya, Mbah a Moute has started UCLA's first seven games and led them in rebounding each time. L.A. Daily News

His name is Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. He doesn't mind that most of his teammates on the UCLA basketball team address him as Luke or Luke Richard, even though his first name is French, the proper pronunciation being Loo-c Ree-shard Umbah-a-moo-teh. And he doesn't mind being treated as just one of the guys, a freshman and fellow student, even though in his native Cameroon he is close to royalty, the son of a village chieftain. L.A. Times


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