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Naomi Mbandu

position

Forward

Height

6-2

Class

Junior

Hometown

Tarbes, France

High School

National Institute of Sport, Expertise, and Performance

Previous School

Gulf Coast State

As a Sophomore at Gulf Coast State College (2019-20): Considered the No. 2 junior college prospect in the nation by ASGR Basketball…Started all 28 games played, the only Commodore to do so…Averaged 14.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game…Ranked third on the team in both scoring (14.6) and rebounding (5.9)…Paced the Commodores in minutes per game (32.8)…Helped Gulf Coast State to a 23-5 record…Helped team finish fourth at the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship.

As a Freshman at Gulf Coast State College (2018-19): Averaged 8.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists…Won the NJCAA Division I national title, the sixth in program history and third in four year…Totaled 12 points, four rebounds, five assists and four steals in Commodores’ 68-62 victory over New Mexico in the national championship game.

Prior to Gulf Coast State: Represented her country at the 2019 FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship in August…Averaged 2.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in tournament, helping France to a third-place finish…Member of Le Centre Fédéral de Basketball (Federal Basketball Center), a club that brings together players of INSEP…Competes in Ligue2…Former teammate of current Cane, Kenza Salgues, at FBC.

Personal: Born Jan. 19, 1999…Enjoys shopping and traveling…Aspires to play professional basketball upon graduation.