A little more about Beas Hamga

I couldn’t fit everything into my recruiting column this morning, so I thought I would add a couple of interesting things that I left out.

First of all, if you haven’t checked out the Indiana Elite’s webpage, you should (www.bloomingtonaau.com). Hamga’s team is stacked. They are 1-2 players short of the Dream Team the U.S. sent over to Barcelona.

Hamga said that the most important things he looks for in a school is the basketball program and the coach. His English is a little raw, he is fluent in French but has been in America for less than two
years, but was really polite and genuine with his answers.

Hamga’s coach, Mark Adams, said that since Hamga is from Cameroon, “he doesn’t know a whole lot about IU’s tradition, but he knows IU has won several championships and that they are a Big 10 school with a big time program.”

Adams marvelled at Hamga’s ability to block shots and rebound. For one reason or another, Adams said, shot-blocking comes naturally to the big man.

Hamga faced another big man the Hoosiers are looking at, DeAndre Jordan, while he was playing for his high school team this season. Adams said that Hamga had about 15 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks that game while holding Jordan (the top center in the class of 2007) to 15 pointis, five rebounds and two blocks.

Towards the end of the interview, Adams said Hamga’s college decision is his own. “But it would be nice for me to be able to go to games.”

Courtesy of Mark Adams

I wish I could be Beas Hamga for a day. That’s Hamga above grabbing the rim without leaving his feet. While standing flat on his feet, Hamga’s reach is 9-foot, 6 inches.

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  • BoBo McPherson #1

    Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 10:23 PM EST

    Great piece Matt!

    I was breaking your balls a couple of weeks ago about the “first IU player in the McD AA game since Jeffries” but I must say, nice work on the recruiting trail!

  • John #2

    Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - 7:51 PM EST

    Where does Mark Adams coach at? I assume its by IU if its on here. He is at the top of my wishlist for ’08.

  • Matt #3

    Wednesday, April 11, 2007 - 9:01 PM EST

    Mark coaches the Indiana Elite, a prominent AAU team in the area.

    You can check his team out at http://www.bloomingtonaau.com

  • Lee #4

    Monday, May 7, 2007 - 7:46 AM EST

    Sorry IU fans. Well one for being IU fans. Second Beas will be wearing Blue and white next year.
    Go CATS

  • jandt #5

    Tuesday, May 8, 2007 - 11:09 AM EST

    thats right beas is a beast and he will dominate the SEC

  • Rick #6

    Monday, May 14, 2007 - 5:45 PM EST

    Now you all really didn’t think you could mess with
    UNLV…did you???
    Rebels, Rebels, Rebels…lol

    Beas is heading West !!!

  • Kevin #7

    Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 11:41 AM EST

    Thanks Iniana and KU for putting such a great piece together. All of us fans at UNLV really appreciate it. He’s going to look great in Red and Scarlet. What ya think?

  • John #8

    Sunday, January 4, 2009 - 1:52 PM EST

    Beas was sitting in the front row at Assembly hall (behind the IU bench)watching Tom Creen coach IU. He obviously didn’t like it out west and is transfering. Maybe to IU?? We certainly have plenty of needs.

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