Isaac Bonga is a German professional basketball player of African descent who has managed to sign up as a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a young player, he is credited with the ability to excellently combine the strength of position, basketball quotient, and versatility with increased precision.
Although he has the size of a power forward, he is also able to act as a moderator from a point guard position. Despite the fact that he has not yet been nominated for the NBA draft due to his age, he was recognized as one of the best widely traveled candidates in European basketball in 2017.
Who Is Isaac Bonga?
Isaac Evolue Etue Bofenda Bonga was born on November 8, 1999, in Neuwied, Germany. For as long as he can remember, he has loved basketball so much that he has always dreamed of playing as well as his all-time favorites such as Magic Johnson, Lebron James, and others. In order to realize his dream of becoming a professional athlete, Isaac Bonga then started playing basketball just for fun at the age of seven. Two years later he was signed up with a local team in Neuwied, Germany, where he continued to hone his skills in the game.
Going pro is an aspect of a player’s career that seems to start later when such a player is much older, but for Isaac Bonga, his professional career began at the age of fifteen. In 2014, he was signed into the fifth German basketball league, the “SG Lützel-Post Koblenz Regionalliga”. During his time in the team, it took a while before he got more playing time, but in the end, he played a total of 24 games, made 2.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and averaged 5.9 points with the team.
He was also represented at the junior tournament “Ciutat de L’Hospitalet” with the junior team of the “Brose Baskets” and played just as remarkably well in the junior team of the “Skyliners Frankfurt”. In four of his appearances, Isaac Bonga finished with a total of 7.7 rebounds and 12.2 points. Due to his outstanding performance, Skyliners Frankfurt signed him for four years in June 2016. After signing the contract, Isaac Bonga had to play alternately with the first team, the third German level, and the Skyliners of the ProB.
In the 2017-2018 season, he played a total of 33 games with the first team, of which he was a starter in 11. During the course of the game, he recorded 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists per game, and an average of 3.1 rebounds. He declared his intention to join the NBA Draft after signing with the US agents on May 1, 2018.
Since a sport like “basketball” usually favors players with a considerable height and build, shorter players may have to consider playing another sport professionally, since the probability of being just an average player is quite high. If you had ever thought, “Man is a giant” when Isaac Bonga was playing, you might not have been thrown off track, because Isaac is a very tall athlete, standing at an intimidating 6 feet (2.06 m) high and weighing a good healthy 202 lbs (92 kg).
6 Other Isaac Bonga Facts You Should Know
1. His parents are originally from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo Although they came to Germany in the hope of finally settling in Canada, they finally decided to stay in Germany again.
2. When he played in the BBL for the Skyline Team of Fraport, he achieved a rebound of 2.4 points with 7.4.
3. At only 18 years of age, he is one of the youngest players in the 2018 NBA Draft class
4. He was the 39th pick of the 2018 Draft, which was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers for a 3-year contract.
5. He is the second German-born player after his compatriot Moritz Wagner to be signed for an NBA team.
6. As far as his relationships are concerned, he is not married for one thing, but it is not known that he has introduced a girlfriend to the public.