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Ruben Bertand Boumtje-Boumtje (born May 20 1978 in Edea, Cameroonmarker) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player. He is a 7'0", 260 lbs center. He attended Georgetown Universitymarker in Washington, D.C.marker, U.S.marker, and enjoyed a brief stint in the NBA.

High school and college

Boumtje-Boumtje attended Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. for one year. He played college basketball at Georgetown University and holds career averages of 9.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He ranks fourth on the Hoyas' all-time blocked shot list with 255, behind Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo.

NBA

Boumtje-Boumtje was selected in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 49th overall pick, the Georgetown Universitymarker project from Cameroon proved to be extremely disappointing for the Blazers, participating in only 44 games over three seasons from 2001 until January 21, 2004, when he was traded along with guard Jeff McInnis to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for small forward Darius Miles.

He was waived soon afterwards, having never played a game for them. In July 2005, Boumtje-Boumtje was drafted in the 2005 AAPBL Draft but the league folded before a game was even played. On August 22 2005, it was announced the Orlando Magic had signed him to a contract of undisclosed terms. He had played five games with them during the 2005 Reebok Vegas Summer League while averaging 4.8 points, shooting 56.3 percent of his field goals (9-of-16), and 3.6 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game.

European leagues

Boumtje-Boumtje played the 2006-07 season for ALBA Berlin in the ULEB Cup and the German Basketball Bundesliga. After the season, his contract was not renewed, but he joined league rival EWE Baskets Oldenburg in November as a replacement for injured Dan McClintock and later signed for the remainder of the 07-08 season. Oldenburg renewed his contract for the 08-09 season.

Off-the-court

Boumtje-Boumtje speaks three languages - a native Cameroonian tribal language, French and English. He was valedictorian of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C.marker. At Georgetown he was a pre-med, as well as a mathematics and biology double major. He was named Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2001, an honor often reserved for athletes in non-televised sports, and used the occasion to repeat his intention to attend medical school if he were not drafted by the NBA.

References

  1. League of Nations
  2. NBA Development League: Ruben Boumtje Boumtje
  3. RealGM: Basketball Wiretap Archives: Magic Sign Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje
  4. ALBA BERLIN - Albatrosse
  5. http://www.basketball-bundesliga.de/magazin/artikel.php?artikel=9762&type=2&menuid=16&topmenu=166
  6. NBA.com Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje Bio


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