The transition will be seamless for the France native because not only has she spent the past two seasons in the US, but she is also a former teammate of current Cane, Kenza Salgues. The duo played together in France for the National Institute of Sport, Expertise, and Performance.
“[Kenza] became my friend through being my teammate and now she is one of my closest friends,” Mbandu said. “I am happy to be able to play with her again.”
Mbandu is no stranger to the international stage, representing France at the 2019 FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship in August. The 6-foot, 1-inch forward averaged 2.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in the tournament, helping France to a third-place finish.