African of the Week: Serge Ibaka

The Oklahoma City Thunder is certainly one of the top NBA Basketball team at the moment, featuring great and rising stars such as Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and our African player of the week: Serge Ibaka.

Serge Ibaka was born in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo and is the third-youngest of 18 children. He comes from a family rooted in the Basketball sport: his mother and father were both basketball players. Serge's father played at the Republic of Congo with the Congolese national team, while his mother played for the Democratic Republic of Congo. His basketball devotion started at a very young age with his first club called Avenir du Rail.

Quick Facts:

BORN September 18, 1989
Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
NATIONALITY Congolese / Spanish
LISTED HEIGHT 6 ft 9 in (206 cm)
NBA DRAFT 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall
OCCUPATION Basket Ball Player
CAREER HISTORY
2007–2008 CB L'Hospitalet (Spain)
2008–2009 Ricoh Manresa (Spain)
2009–present Oklahoma City Thunder
2011 Real Madrid (Spain)
NICKNAMES Air Congo, Serge Protector, Iblocka

Serge Ibaka is the first NBA basketball player coming from the Republic of Congo selected in the draft (with the Seattle SuperSonic, in 2008). Ibaka is now a power forward/center starter with the Oklahoma City Thunder team.

Serge Ibaka amazing shot-blocking skills continues to draw attention in the NBA and his game skills are getting better every season. He is currently one of the best power forwards and shot-blockers in the NBA.

Cool Fact: Ibaka speaks five languages: Lingala, French, English, Catalan, and Spanish.