Isaac Bonga is a professional German basketball player of African descent who has managed to work his way up to become signed as a power forward with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a young player, he has been credited with having the ability to excellently combine positional strength, basketball IQ and Versatility with heightened precision.
Though he has the size fit for a power forward, he is able to also function as a facilitator from a point guard position. In 2017, despite the fact that he was yet to declare for the NBA draft due to his age, he was recognized as being one of the best well-travelled prospects in European basketball.
Who Is Isaac Bonga?
Isaac Evolue Etue Bofenda Bonga was born in Neuwied, Germany, on the 8th of November 1999. As long as he can remember, he has loved the game of basketball so much that he always dreamed of playing just as good as his all-time favorites such as Magic Johnson, Lebron James, among others. To follow up with his dreams of becoming a professional athlete, Isaac Bonga then began playing basketball just for fun when he was just seven years old. Two years later, he was signed to a local team in Neuwied, Germany where he further honed his skills in the game.
Going pro is one 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 started right from when he was fifteen years old. He was signed to the fifth level of German basketball which is the “SG Lützel-Post Koblenz Regionalliga” in 2014. While on the team, though it took a while before he was given more playing time, he ended up playing a total of 24 games, making 2.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds and averaged a total of 5.9 points with the team.
He was also featured in the Junior Tournament called, “Ciutat de L’Hospitalet” with the junior team of “Brose Baskets” and equally played remarkably well on the “Skyliners Frankfurt” junior team. In four of the game appearances he made, Isaac Bonga finished with a total of 7.7 rebounds while amassing 12.2 points. Due to his stellar performance, the Skyliners Frankfurt signed him on to a four-year-long contract in June 2016. After getting signed, Isaac Bonga still had to participate at alternate times with the first team, the third German level as well as the Skyliners of the ProB.
In the 2017-2018 season with the first team, he played a total of 33 games of which he was a starter for 11 of them. In the course of the game, he recorded 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists per game and averaged 3.1 rebounds. He declared to enter into the NBA Draft after signing with the US agents on the 1st of May, 2018.
Because a sport like “Basketball” usually favours players of a considerable great height and body frame, shorter players may have to consider taking up a different sport professionally because the probability of being just an average player is quite high. For Isaac Bonga, if you ever thought “Man, he is a giant” you might not have gone off track because Isaac is a very tall athlete indeed standing at an intimidating height of 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) with a good healthy weight of 202lbs (92kg).
6 Other Isaac Bonga Facts You Should Know
1. His parents are originally from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Though they came to Germany with the hopes of finally moving to Canada to settle, they eventually chose to stay back in Germany.
2. When he played for the Fraport Skyline team in Germany’s BBL, he was able to record a rebound of 2.4 with 7.4 points.
3. He is one of the youngest players in the 2018 NBA draft class at just 18 years old.
4. He was the 39th pick of the 2018 draft signed by the Los Angeles Lakers to a 3-year deal.
5. He is also the second German-born player to be signed to an NBA team after fellow countryman, Moritz Wagner.
6. in terms of his relationships, for one, he is not married but he hasn’t been reported to have any girlfriend made known to the public.