He credits the Baylor program, and the JOY motto of prioritization—Jesus, others, yourself—for rekindling his faith. To put that in perspective, that’s a lot. I had to go on YouTube and type all these subjects in French to learn this.” For those of us that spend time on YouTube watching mid 2000’s rap battles or debates over whether SpongeBob SquarePants is actually about nuclear testing (probably), we can take solace that we maintained a platform that let someone doing real work pass his classes. Freddie (Gillespie) was a great defensive player. And one game into the 2018-2019 season, the Baylor Bears season looked over. 2nd Year. NBA Global Academy graduates Francisco Caffaro, of Argentina, and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, from Cameroon, have made verbal commitments to the … Time is only valuable if you do something with it. They were great Big 12 athletes. Played in 31 games and made 11 starts as freshman at UNLV … Come fan with us. 6 pick in the NBA Draft after one season in Waco. The Bears have the No. Charlie did a great job. But before turning to how a francophone from Cameroon became a key piece on one of the nation’s two best teams (we’ll save the Gonzaga-Baylor debate for Twitter), let’s start in Africa. Nonstop-electrifying motor regardless if he's finishing a lob, sealing a defender, or setting a screen. He says, “It’s about a read. With Menzies gone, Tchamwa Tchatchoua elected to transfer. I only had two to three years of organized basketball...I didn’t think sitting out my freshman year would be smart for me. Jerami Grant was certain to receive the reps to try and grow into a bigger role, but he's done even more than that. And he’s grown in his faith. How much focus they put on the guards. With the loss of Gillespie, there were real concerns about whether the Bears could maintain that mark. Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua's physical layup puts Baylor up 14. We knew that he loved shooting his layup high, and I knew I had a chance to get there.”, Tchamwa Tchatchoua hasn’t hit his ceiling either. Pelicans Willing To Discuss Trades Of Lonzo Ball, J.J. Redick, Caris LeVert Undergoes Successful Surgery On Kidney, Wendell Carter Jr. Out At Least Four Weeks With Quad Contusion, Tyronn Lue Hopes Kawhi Leonard, Paul George Can Rejoin Clippers 'Soon', Collin Sexton's Whole Thing Shouldn't Work, Harden, Durant, And The Pursuit Of What Was Lost, How Jerami Grant Betting On Himself Is A Repeat Of NBA History, Brooklyn's Superbly Strange Trio Of Talents. Unfortunately, the Running Rebels finished the year 17-14 and made a coaching change. He went for two main reasons. But Scott Drew told me at a press conference they wanted him because, “first and foremost his character and work ethic. He is the leading rebounder on the team and is averaging 10.5 points and 7.2 boards on 60 percent shooting in 20.3 minutes per game. The setbacks we suffer give us the chance at something better. Tchamwa Tchatchoua had other reasons that Baylor landed him over Nebraska and Grand Canyon. Select the players you wish to trade from the rosters below. I wanted to make mistakes and learn from it.”. He hit Matt Mayer cross-court, which led to a layup He says, “I developed that during my redshirt year with Jake (a manager) and all the G.A.’s They told me that I’m a little smaller compared to some bigs, but when I use my faceup, I can see if they’re over playing me from the help side and throw that pass right away: He also put the ball on the floor and scored. Ekpe Udoh went from averaging six points per game as a sophomore at Michigan to the No. Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua continues to shine in his role for @BaylorMBB. The second, and “main reason was wanting to play right away. He says, “I feel like I got more bounce this season. It was back-to-back.”, The Bears dealt Bruce Weber his worst loss at Kansas State. Douala, Cameroon NBA Global Academy - Australia/UNLV. Oklahoma State guard Avery Anderson III, left, goes to the basket past Baylor forward Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua (23) in the first half of an … He says, “The first month was tough. Mitchell found Tchamwa Tchatchoua for another lob against Kansas State, and you can see the stoicism I have to maintain on press row (I’m in the red polo and giant white mask): Jared Butler is also one of the country’s best passers, and he’s gotten involved in these lob chances too. He started by looking for a program where he could improve. Baylor fit that mold. Confirm that your trade proposal is valid according to the NBA collective bargaining agreement. Current Team: Baylor. I did alright and got a scholarship to one of the first NBA Global Academy programs in Australia.”, Heading halfway across the globe at 15 isn’t an easy decision; that kind of move isn’t easy for a grown person seeking a reprieve from the drudges of life. Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua - Stats, Game Logs, Splits, and much more But at 15, Tchamwa Tchatchoua started playing organized basketball. All rights reserved. And with 10 minutes left, the Bears trailed. He averaged three points—while shooting 47% from the field—and three rebounds per game for a mediocre Mountain West cadre. When I asked about the difference between Mitchell and Butler’s lob passes, he says, “I’m not trying to be diplomatic, but they’re both great passers.” He did let me know that “Both them are competing for, ‘Jon, which is the best.’ They’re always asking, ‘Which is the best one.’ Tchamwa Tchatchoua refuses to pick a favorite, which seems like a good strategy if he wants to preserve this: A good offensive game is about more than dunking. Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua. Step 3: Verify the Trade Confirm that your trade proposal is valid according to the NBA collective bargaining agreement. He’s half a world away from his home chasing his dream. He said, “I looked at players getting better in their redshirt year, and I considered that I wouldn’t get a waiver, so it would maximize potential.”. The team fell to Texas Southern at home. 23 View Full Bio 24 Matthew Mayer. But he says, “In Africa, it’s more about getting a scholarship to go to the U.S. My dad was all-in to get a scholarship in the U.S. Me and four other guys were selected for basketball without borders. After Kansas cut Baylor's lead to five points on a dunk by Ochai Agbaji, the Bears's lead climbed back to … Tchamwa Tchatchoua is a 6-8, 245-pound native of Cameroon who could be a major defensive presence after playing in 31 games as a freshman at UNLV in 2018-19. If that mark holds, it will be back-to-back top five seasons. I don’t even think where I throw it up. Coming up in the next 17 seconds NBA hopeful meets NBA champion from his home town in Cameroon ABC’s Kenneth Moton reports on Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, alumni of the “Basketball Without Borders” program, and his first meeting with NBA champion and all … I’m good laterally, but I’m still big, and I get beat sometimes. And Davion Mitchell, MaCio Teague and Manu LeComte became All-Big 12 players at Baylor after sitting out a year. Shout out to Charlie Melton (Baylor’s strength coach). STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Jared Butler scored 22 points and No. 2 Baylor rallied from a halftime deficit to beat undermanned Oklahoma State 81 … I realized I kind of lost my faith. If the defender is focused on the guard, I’ll try and attack. He was discovered while playing in Africa. I’ll try and go inside.”. Select the third team from the drop down menu. Real Time Cities Fantasy Football NHL MLB NFL NBA CFB CBB Soccer • • ... Baylor big Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua is a budding star who won’t be outworked. He just goes and gets it.”, Tchamwa Tchatchoua says that he thinks his vertical leap is 40 or 41 inches. Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua turnover (lost ball) (Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe steals) 16:31 Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe offensive foul (Mark Vital draws the foul) The Bears hit a new tier with Mark Vital and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua’s offense. After the game, Drew said, “We trust our bigs to guard a guard...it’s like a pitcher when you have a fastball, it’s great, but it’s also good to have the slider, the curve, the knuckler or whatever else. he did a great job getting us ready and (boosting) our athleticism.”, Those lobs are also the product of strong chemistry between Mitchell and Tchamwa Tchatchoua. Two plays against Kansas State exemplify that he’s more than a dunker. They’re all great players, so they’ll put so much attention (on them). He’ll lead the team in rebounding and can defend on the perimeter.”. So the Bears opted to switch screens. Royce O’Neale improved in nearly advanced statistical category after leaving Denver and has made tens of millions for the Utah Jazz. 2 nationally in 3-point percentage. He emerged at last summer's Basketball Without Borders Africa in Angola, and quickly established himself as a highly intriguing prospect, earning one of the very first invites (three) to the NBA Global Academy in Australia. But Tchamwa Tchatchoua has broadened his game. For now, he says, “I want to win the Big 12 and national championship. ABC’s Kenneth Moton reports on Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, alumni of the “Basketball Without Borders” program, and his first meeting with NBA … But Tchamwa Tchatchoua can react quickly and eliminate opportunities: Against Iowa State, the Bears couldn’t make a three. Now he’s one of the best passers I’ve seen.”. Every day he practices so hard, he’d make himself better but also the team better.”. Tchamwa Tchatchoua grew up in Dioula, Cameroon. He said, “It’s about riding hips. He’s going to surprise a lot of people. They started 3-of-14, a surprising mark for Baylor’s coterie of guards and a team that ranks No. Not too many people can reach 14 feet. After the game, Scott Drew said, “The execution and passes are some great passes, and Jon gives you an opportunity to be off target and get it.”. Some of Baylor’s recruiting misses are now at their second schools after they showed they weren’t quite ready to play high major basketball, while Tchamwa Tchatchoua is at his second school and thriving at Baylor. Tchamwa Tchatchoua loves Cameroon. And while he earned a wonderful education there—studying 15 subjects and having class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.—he says, “I started learning English at a young age in Cameroon...I wasn’t really into it.”, That wouldn’t seem to be a challenge for him. Although I’ve never played defense in basketball, Tchamwa Tchatchoua does. He believes he’s on, “the right path.”. https://www.yahoo.com/gma/nba-hopeful-meets-nba-champion-220642615.html He said that Butler let him know he was returning to Baylor weeks before his announcement. He would always beat me every day. He says, “When I got there, when I was first going to class, I didn’t understand a word in a single class. Whatever he can throw and catching it. He says, “We worked on it during the summer and giving him enough confidence. I asked him what he’s looking for when he decides whether to attack. ABC News December 22, 2020 NBA hopeful meets NBA champion from his home town in Cameroon ABC’s Kenneth Moton reports on Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, alumni of the “Basketball Without Borders” program, and his first meeting with NBA champion and all-star Pascal Siakam Up Next in News He credits, “The coaching staff and faith. He said, “With Jon you just have to throw it up as high as you can. Dunking has never been possible for me, and if it were, I’d only dunk. In his time at Baylor, Tchamwa Tchatchoua has made lasting friendships. We watched film every night, and he took me to the gym with him.”, The hype around Tchamwa Tchatchoua was intense entering the season. If anyone thought Clark was a liar, they found out he displayed an honesty befitting Abraham Lincoln with Tchamwa Tchatchoua’s performance against Illinois. First, he wanted to play for Menzies—a man who coached another Cameroonian star, Pascal Siakam, while at New Mexico State. He says, “I went to this camp in Cameroon. The Bears rallied to win an NCAA Tournament game. Sometimes it doesn’t take long to think disaster is inevitable. It has to be thrown. I want to do it.”, Maybe that’s why Drew said earlier this season, “If every player were like Jon, then everyone would want to be a coach.”, The Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua Profile: The Path and Play of Baylor’s Breakout Big Man, Jared Butler is Making a Serious Push for the Naismith Award. Tchamwa Tchatchoua has come off the bench in every game this season and has had a big impact. Baylor big Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua is a budding star who won’t be outworked A backup center, ‘Everyday Jon’ is averaging 8.8 points and 7.0 rebounds for the second-ranked Bears. All content © 2000-2021 RealGM, L.L.C. There’s nothing quite like the relentless optimism of Tchamwa Tchatchoua. The Bears worked two empty side ball screens for him, and the Illini had no chance: I asked Mitchell about those lobs after the game, and he said, “We talked about it earlier, and he said, ‘throw it as high as you can.’ He’s got the most bounce in the gym. I told him it was my dream...going to Australia was different, but it was backed up by the NBA, so I thought it was a good thing for me.”. A few minutes later, Butler inbounded the ball from below Kansas' basket, then took a quick give-and-go from teammate Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, … When Tchamwa Tchatchoua arrived in Australia his problems weren’t on the court. Choose at least two teams from the menus below to start your trade. NBA hopeful meets NBA champion from his home town in Cameroon ABC News. Select the first team from the drop down menu. Vital is one of the country’s best offensive rebounders, but in warmups he nailed triples. Maybe that’s something that I—a 5’9 man that’s willing to offer alternative facts and say I’m 5’11 if a woman out of my league has a mandate to not date men under 5’10—have to believe. I was focused on getting that back. Latest on Baylor Bears forward Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua including complete game-by-game stats on ESPN I haven’t been here three years, but I feel like I’ve been here 40, and we haven’t won a natty. Grant has exceeded expectations. Two time zones away at UNLV, Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua played three minutes in a double digit loss to Loyola. Cameroonian big man Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua is not very well known at this point, but has a chance to really make a name for himself in New Orleans. Tools and Resources Used by Real General Managers. We knew he’d put in the time, especially with the year off, he’d get better and make our team better. But he blocked the shot. After the Kansas State game, I asked him about two alley-oops he threw to Jon. To those that don’t the refrain, “Wait until next year” becomes an annoying ballad of nothingness. After the firing of Marvin Menzies he’d end up at Baylor and be part of a team that makes anyone taking the field in a “Gonzaga, Baylor or the field” debate someone that should take the first step and admit they have a gambling problem. SB Nation is the largest independent sports media brand, consisting of SBNation.com, MMAFighting.com and over 300 fan-centric team communities. The latest stats, facts, news and notes on Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua of the Baylor Bears When you have topline players like Kyrie, Durant, and Harden, you don't need much other than they not self-combust in a typhoon of neuroses, ego, bickering, and mental-emotional cataclysm. Although he’s spent most of his life across the Atlantic, Tchamwa Tchatchoua has mastered American diplomacy. Select the fourth team from the drop down menu. A singular mix of past and present, of talent and narrative, the new Brooklyn Nets are an entity too dense for one moment, and will require years of observation and unpacking to comprehend. Height: 6-8 (203cm)     Weight: 245 (111kg), Current NBA Status: Draft Eligible in 2023, High School: NBA Global Academy [Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (Australia)], Jump to: [ NCAA ] [ National ] [ High School ], Prep/High School: NBA Global Academy [Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (Australia)]. 5 KenPom defense. Tristan (Clark) was always that guy you couldn’t guard.” When facing that kind of situation, Tchamwa Tchatchoua could have sulked and embraced that maybe he wasn’t built for the Big 12, or he could have gotten better. After their first two games in Vegas, associate head coach (then acting because Drew had COVID-19) Jerome Tang said, “this is a process, it will be mid-January and you’ll start to see it come together even better.”. The Fival: America’s Best Lineup that Powered Baylor’s Real and Spectacular Win Over Oklahoma State, Mark Vital at the five has been Baylor’s lineup, Baylor-Oklahoma State: Three Keys and Prediction; Facebook Live After Game from Stillwater, The Bears look for another Big 12 victory, Basketpod: You Were Warned, Get You a Jared Butler. Select the second team from the drop down menu. Two time zones away at UNLV, Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua played three minutes in a double digit loss to Loyola. Have The Baylor Bigs Already Answered The Biggest Question Of The Season? They had trouble defending middle pick-and-rolls. ... Full Name: Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua. Weight training and conditioning have been hard during quarantine with a shortened schedule. The fact that Flo (Thamba) and Jon can guard a guard helped us out down the stretch.”, In one key sequence, Rasir Bolton appeared to have zoomed past Tchamwa Tchatchoua for an easy bucket. Tchamwa Tchatchoua did something with his time. Tchamwa Tchatchoua and I chatted about life and basketball. After playing in Australia, Tchamwa Tchatchoua achieved his goal and earned a scholarship to UNLV. I did okay in this camp. 7-3. The Bears would find that despair … UNLV’s Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua was one of the first two products of the NBA Global Academy to sign with American colleges. Over that redshirt year he got substantially better by turning to people that could help him. Coach Drew had the same energy and is so positive like I am. Latest on Baylor Bears forward Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua including news, stats, videos, highlights and more on ESPN Las Vegas Sun: When Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua signed with UNLV in the spring, it sent Rebels fans swarming to the internet to scour for clips of the little-known big man. He did and says, “Freddie gave me a lot of tips because we lived together. I felt like being around a coaching staff built for me.”, The Bears’ fans may not have been thrilled when they first saw Tchamwa Tchatchoua’s UNLV numbers. Tchamwa Tchatchoua is so focused on making sure they have the lob opportunities down that he’ll call Mitchell before games when he notices something on film. Mitchell told me about lob opportunities, and Clark said at a press conference that, “Jon is super athletic and one of the most athletic players I’ve played with. F 6'8" 245 lbs So. Tchamwa Tchatchoua would flash plenty of potential that season too. That didn’t make the redshirt year easy. By CJ Moore Jan 18, 2021 11 Las Vegas Sun: When Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua signed with UNLV in the spring, it sent Rebels fans swarming to the internet to scour for clips of the little-known big man. The Bears would find that despair in November—something that perhaps more of us should remember when our preferred candidates lose an election—did not mean much. 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