Joel Ekamba-Ey’Oombe is a 18 year old 190cm guard playing for Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Euromillions League). He is a huge talent from Belgium that played at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) in 2017 playing 7 games averaging 10.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 69.2%. He recently was a Belgian Supercup Finalist. He talked to germanhoops.com about basketball.
Joel thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Where are you at the moment and how is basketball life for you?
thanks Miles right now am at my apartment in Mons playing Nba 2k and taking care of my body
Your parents are form Congo, Africa and you grew up in Belgium. Talk a little about your early childhood?
Yes my parents are from Congo but I was born and raised in Brussels Belgium . I had a normal childhood with my brother and sister
What was the deciding moment where you knew that basketball would be your passion and when did you start playing?
I started at a very young age I was 6 or 7 years in my local team back then my big brother used to play a swell so I picked it up from him
You played at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) in 2017 playing 7 games averaging 10.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 69.2%. What kind of experience was this for you?
It was a nice experience for me playing against the best players from other countries I can’t wait for this season I will proudly represent my country well again.
You had a very solid showing at the European Championships U16 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria). How do you feel has your game matured in the last two seasons?
The last 2 season I worked on my body and being more stronger and athletic. I also have been working on my 3pts shot and being able to run a team as a PG . Finishing around the basket and being able to find my teammates everywhere on the court
What top players do you remember from the European Championships U16 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) that you played against then? What players impressed you the most?
You are playing with Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Euromillions League) having played a few professional games and also for the junior team. What kind of experience has it been being part of this organization?
It’s a huge experience being able to play already at my age with pro players Mons gave me the opportunity to be around pro players and learn a lot from them.
How important is it for you having the opportunity to get good minutes with the Belfius Mons-Hainaut junior team? How is the season going and how is your game developing there?
I am averaging 20pts a game and the junior team is very important because I still learn a lot playing with my junior team , my teammates make me better and I make them better . I am getting more confident and I have the freedom to play my game there.
How important has it been being able to practice with Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Euromillions League) and play games. What part of your game has benefited most from it?
I can say it helped me learn and keep learning how to handle the pressure on and off the court . It helps me learn how to be more mature in my game and make smart decisions on and off the court
How has your teammate Idris Lasisi helped you the most on and off the court? He is a 30 year old veteran and has seen a lot in his basketball career?
I think more on the leadership side. He gives me good advice to become the best player I can be.
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 191cm guard. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
I am actually not 191cm anymore , I grew up a lot from the last summer am now 194cm . If I had to compare my game to someone in the NBA I will say Victor Oladipo.
James Harden is a role model for you. What do you like most about his game and what things from his game do you try to incorporate into your game?
I like how he shuts down his defenders and his ability to create for himself and his teammates. Those are skills am working on to improve in my game.
What are your biggest strengths on the court and on what part of your game are you working the most on?
I am a strong one on one player. I like to play fast breaks and finish in transition with or no pressure I can run a team and call plays. My court vision is something that’s getting better and my outside shot as well.
Your goal is the NBA. How big is your passion and drive for this to happen in the future?
Very big. I even quite school earlier so I can focus to work on my game and become a pro to reach my goals Which are to play in the NBA
Who is the toughest guy that you battled in your life that is playing in the NBA or at a high level in Europe?
If you had to pick your personal favorite starting five of teammates over the years which players would you chose?
Noe Botuli , Vrenz , Harris , servaas and me
If you had to construct your very own NBA mount Rushmore which 4 heads would you pick?
Victor Oladipo, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo
What is your personal opinion about the neverending debate of who is the greatest between Michael Jordan and Lebron James?
Michael Jordan for me was the Goat at his prime time but I think today LeBron James is the greatest player in the world
What was the last movie that you saw?
High flying bird
Thanks Joel for the chat.