Pascal Siakam: Power Forward

Fun Fact:

In college, Pascal Siakam was named the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year for New Mexico State, averaging 20.2 points and 11.6 rebounds.

Bio:

Pascal Siakam, born on April 2nd, 1994, in Douala, Cameroon is a professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors. Siakam found his interest in basketball around the age of 15, following in the footsteps of his 3 older brothers, all of whom gained scholarships to NCAA Division 1 schools. The Cameroonian player had very little basketball experience at this time and had only attended a couple of basketball camps, one of which was Basketball without Borders, at which Raptors president Masai Ujiri found his performance “memorable”. After this, Siakam was picked up by New Mexico State University in 2013 after he moved to the U.S. Unfortunately, a year later, in 2014, his father passed away, in which Pascal was not able to attend due to a delay in the issuance of his U.S visa. Siakam has said that this experience truly changed the way he saw the game and the purpose of his game shifted into fulfilling his father’s dreams. In 2016, the recognition he got earlier from president Ujiri paid off as he was drafted to the NBA to the Raptors as a rookie. Come to the 2018-19 season, Pascal Siakam, or “Spicy P”, proved his worth, coming in full force with an average of 16.9 points per night, earning himself the title of the NBA’s Most Improved Player, in the same year that he helped the Raptors win their first ever Championship title. On January 23rd, Pascal Siakam was named All-Star starter to play for the Eastern Conference team.