THE Cameroonian big man from down south is headed for the De La Salle Green Archers.
Ben Mbala, who made heads turn in the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) playing for Southwestern University, is close to making a commitment to play for the Green Archers in the UAAP, according to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The source added that Mbala is scheduled to visit Manila anytime soon to make his decision to suit up for the Green Archers official.
UAAP rules, however, means that Mbala will have to redshirt for a year to fulfil rules on foreigners playing in the league.
Mbala made a big impression during the Philippine Collegiate Champions League last November when he averaged 27 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 3.7 blocks in games against UAAP champion Ateneo, NCAA titlist San Beda and University of Santo Tomas, which went on to win the crown.
In fact, the former MVP of the Basketball Without Borders Training Camp torched the Tigers with 41 points in their Final Four game.
Mbala should be a major piece in the Archers' bid to return to prominence in the college leagues under Eduardo 'Danding' Cojuangco, who has launched an aggressive recruitment program since returning as the team's top patron at the start of last season.
Mbala’s move came after the Green Archers also landed Bacolod sensation Kib Montalbo to play for the team weeks ago. Last year, De La Salle was also successful in its bid to obtain Xavier star Jeron Teng.