Herve Kabasele, a powerful ‘five’ and connoisseur of the category, is the new UEMC Real Valladolid Basketball player and sixth piece for the 2022/2023 season. The pivot, international with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has passed through the NBA development league and has accumulated five seasons performing at a high level in the LEB Gold.

The Congolese player, in this way, is the second new signing of the summer after the incorporation of Alejandro Mazaira, also a piece for the inside game. Herve Kabasele, likewise, plays in the center position and has important athletic conditions that allow him to prevail in the paint due to his power and physique. Capable of playing above the rim, the African ‘five’ contributes in defense with his intimidation and ability to block and condition the opponent’s shots, as well as doing damage in attack playing close to the basket, from behind and with his average shot distance.

Herve Kabasele Kasonga (Mbuji-Mayi, Democratic Republic of the Congo; October 24, 1996) was born and raised in his native country, initially training at New Generation in Kinshasa between 2012 and 2015. His first experience abroad followed , when he debuted in the Tunisian league with Etoile Sportive Goulettoise. A year later, however, he returned to his original team, where he shone and won the award for best defender of the season.

Likewise, his first steps also reached the international level and his good performances in Afrobasket 2017 caught the attention of the Breogán Basketball Club of Lugo, a team that signed him and in which he played a course to be transferred later. The Real Canoe Natación Club Baloncesto Masculine de LEB Oro was his destiny and in the historic Pez Volador he played for two seasons, signing in the first 11.9 average PIR credits with 8.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, of which 2.87 were in attack (the second best mark of the season in the category), and 1.6 blocks, a figure that made him the third best blocker. Herve Kabasele, at the first opportunity, left his mark on the silver division of Spanish basketball.

After shining in Spain, in January 2020 he made the leap to the NBA development league, the G-League, signing for the Erie Bayhawks, a subsidiary team of the New Orleans Pelicans. In Pennsylvania, the African ‘five’ trained and played six games, but the Covid-19 pandemic ended the season prematurely.

Herve Kabasele left the United States and landed in Spain again, in the ranks of the Oviedo Basketball Club, on loan from the Breogán Basketball Club of Lugo. At Pumarín, under the orders of Natxo Lezkano, the African interior has displayed its best version and in the most recent season has averaged 7.8 points (56.2% field goal success), 5.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.8 blocks and 10.9 credits of valuation. In the promotion playoffs, as if that were not enough, these averages rose to 10.3 points and 14 efficiency, figures that make him a benchmark in the category. In the LEB Oro, likewise, he accumulates 87 official matches.

At the international level, as if that were not enough, Herve Kabasele is a regular with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and has played a total of 17 games divided between Afrobasket and qualifying rounds for said competition and for the World Cup. In fact, in the 2017 edition of the African championship, the new blanquivioleta player shone with averages of 14.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and a PIR of 18.8, competing with the continent’s elite.

In short, Herve Kabasele is a powerful, athletic center who is already a classic in the LEB Oro and whose incorporation represents the second new face of UEMC Real Valladolid Basketball and the sixth piece for the 2022/2023 season.

· Part of the family

The new UEMC Real Valladolid Baloncesto player, in his first words after completing his commitment to the Club, has shown how happy he is to take this step. “I am happy to be part of this family, of the Real Valladolid Basketball family. We hope that this season will be very beautiful to enjoy it”.

The arrival of Herve Kabasele, likewise, provides a series of very useful characteristics, as analyzed by Pepe Catalina. “In the assessment of the signing of Álex Mazaira, we commented that this year the objective of sports planning was to have five interior players: three more versatile capable of playing inside and outside and two more interior. Within this group of two, one would have to be more athletic, with a good physique, intimidating in defense, a good rebounder, with the ability to block, who runs the field well and in attack capable of making good continuations, forceful in finishes playing for above the hoop and providing those doses of spectacularity that these types of players have. Herve Kabasele meets all these requirements and we must add that he already has previous experience in the competition, something to always keep in mind, and that he is constantly progressing, which we hope will continue to grow here, at the UEMC Real Valladolid Baloncesto” .

Likewise, Paco García continued along the lines of the Blanquivioleta sports director and valued the incorporation of the African Herve Kabasele. “His hiring of him obeys to the aspiration that we have to improve the team at the level of the internal game, at the physical level. With his arrival and waiting for the last hiring in the interior game, already counting on Sergio, Jordy, Mazaira and Kabasele himself, there is still an interior player to incorporate. Kabasele is, above all, a physicist at the service of the team, with excellent performance near the basket, very good percentages near the rim, dunks, layups, good movements close to the basket. Back, defensively, he has great intimidation ability and can be an excellent complete to that player who is yet to come. We try to complete a couple of ‘five’ as solvent and reliable as possible”.