Luc Mbah a Moute, the 6-7 small forward from Cameroon via Montverde (Flor.) Montverde Academy, left for his official visit to UCLA Thursday afternoon.
He’ll arrive in Los Angeles tonight and his official visit will begin Friday, according to the head coach at Montverde, Kevin Sutton.
Mbah a Moute visited Virginia Tech last weekend, and has plans to visit South Carolina October 8th and Georgia October 22nd.
Sutton said, at this time, Mbah a Moute didn’t have a favorite. “He’ll take all of his visits, and will take notes on each school and then after he’s completed all his visits we’ll sit down and speak with his father,” said Sutton.
Mbah a Moute’s father is still in Cameroon.
In fact, Luc has a bit of nobility in his blood, being considered the prince of his village in Cameroon. “It’s not necessarily a big village but yes, he is a prince,” Sutton said.
The coach had nothing but praise for the coaches and the schools that are recruiting Mbah a Moute. “We’re really pleased with the schools recruiting him,” Sutton said. “Coach (Dave) Odom at South Carolina, Coach (Ben) Howland at UCLA, all of them and their assistant coaches have been very good, very upfront with us.”
Sutton also had nothing but high praise for his prized player. “He’s an honor roll student and has already passed the SAT for NCAA standards, and he’ll even be taking it again this fall. He’s a tremendous kid with a great work ethic. This summer, while we had other players on our team going to the AAU Nationals, Luc was taking two very tough science classes, getting an A and a B, and working out every day.”
In terms of his basketball ability, Mbah A Moute, according to Sutton, is improving at a high rate. “He’s had an outstanding pre-season. I’d say he’s probably 6-7 and 215 pounds now. Our assistant coach, Jason Harris, keeps saying that not only is Luc a high major, but has the potential to be a pro. It’s his ability to see the floor, handle the ball and rebound, as well as his leadership, that sets him apart.”
Mbah a Moute, at the Nike Camp in early July, certainly displayed his ability, but might have also been overlooked by some scouts who took a cursory look at him, and saw a hitch in his shooting stroke. “In a setting like Nike, he could possibly be overlooked. He wouldn’t have wowed anyone with his shooting ability. But to the trained eye, who knows basketball and talent, he would be someone you’d notice. And he worked on his shot all summer and he no longer has that hitch. He eliminated it through so many repetitions. Nike was great for him, because he came away from it with the knowledge that he belonged, that he could play with anyone if he continued to work hard.”
Coach Sutton wasn’t about to indicate if Mbah a Moute had preferences about schools or their locations, but he did say that being on the east or west coast wouldn’t make a diference. “Location doesn’t matter. This is a kid coming from Cameroon. Distance isn’t going to factor in now.”