BEN Mbala continues his basketball journey as he takes flight in the Korean Basketball League as a reinforcement for the Seoul Samsung Thunders.
In a brief message, the 23-year old former La Salle forward confirmed the the latest step in his globe-trotting career that has taken him to Mexico and France.
“I am excited for the upcoming season,” Mbala told SPIN.ph.
Korea will be the third stop for the two-time UAAP MVP after leaving La Salle in 2017, the school where he made a mark as one of the best foreign student-athletes the UAAP has seen.
Mbala then took his talents to the Mexican League where he played for Fuerza Regia for a month before moving to France to play for Chorale Roanne in the French second-division.
The 6’8 powerhouse also made a name for himself for his national team, turning heads as one of the main men of Cameroon in the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket.
Playing in Korea would certainly be one of the highlights of Mbala’s blossoming career where several notable imports in the PBA once played.
Among those are Korean naturalized big man and former Magnolia (formerly known as Star) reinforcement Ricardo Ratliffe and Charles Rhodes who won a championship with San Miguel in the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup.
Co-incidentally, he can share some stories about Filipino basketball with his head coach Lee Sang Min who’ll forever be remembered as the guy who broke the hearts of millions of Filipinos in the 2002 Busan Asian Games.
With Mbala heading back to Asia, who knows? It might not be long until he finds himself in the PBA one day.