Selom Mawugbe: The Ghanaian Who Got Drafted In 2020-21 NBA G League

Selom Mawugbe was selected by the Santa Cruz Warriors in the 2020/21 NBA G League Draft (image via Instagram/Selom)

Ghanaian-American basketball player, Selom Mawugbe has been selected by the Santa Cruz Warriors (the G League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors) in the 2020/21 NBA G League draft. Mawugbe was selected in round two of the draft which was held on Monday, January 11, 2021.

Reacting to this, Selom wrote on Instagram: “Blessed, grateful and ready to get to work!”

The selection of Mawugbe by Santa Cruz in the 2020/21 G League draft comes eight weeks after he went undrafted in the 2020 NBA draft, which was held on November 18, 2020, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Selom Mawugbe at a personal training session (image via Instagram/Selom)

The 6-10 forward, prior to being drafted, played in NCAA Division 2 for the Azusa Pacific University, where he majored in Biology.

Selom was born on July 20, 1998, in Santa Clarita, California, to Ghanaian parents – Semanu and Eugenia Mawugbe. He has two siblings, Sena (brother) and Selasi (sister).

Selom and his family at his little sister’s graduation (image via Instagram/Selom)

Selom’s parents moved from Ghana to the U.S. in the 1980s in hopes of giving their family a better life.

The 22-year-old grew up as a multi-sport athlete with great interest in bike riding and soccer. His father was a member of the Ghana national team for cycling and visited the U.S. for the first time because of it. Selom’s love for soccer, however, came from his mother who also played the sport.

In an interview with ZU News Selom said: “Soccer was my main sport growing up. I played for seven years before I started basketball in my freshman year. Once I grew past a certain point, it was, like, okay this might not be the right sport for me.”

Stats and Achievements

Selom prepped at Canyon High School where he played three varsity seasons. He led his team to the third round of the CIF playoffs for D2AA. He was named All-Valley first team, as well as, an All-Valley honourable mention as a junior.

Mawugbe is renowned for his ability to block shots. He’s an ultimate and great shot blocker who can also score around the rim… and with these abilities, he could be an incredible player for Santa Cruz.

Selom Mawugbe blocking a shot (image via APU Athletics)

In his freshman year in the 2016-17 NCAA Division 2 season, he led his team in blocks with 40. In the 2017-18 season, he broke the record for most blocked shots in a season with 89 blocks – the previous record was 88. He also finished second in the 2018-19 season in blocks, averaging 3.45 blocks per game.

Selom was named PacWest Defender of the Year and All-PacWest first team of the 2018-19 season.

Selom Mawugbe’s NCAA season stats (source: Real GM)

Selom has indicated that his ultimate goal is to play in the NBA. However, as a Biology major, he is also interested in pursing further studies and practice his field of study, and medicine.

“Originally I was thinking medicine. I still am, but in a sense that is down the line and not first priority to me. Business and medicine, maybe even opening my own medical practice would be great,” he told ZU News in 2019.  

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