Interview with Montana State Bobcat/Great Britain forward Jubrile Belo.
Jubrile Belo is a 6-9 forward from London, England. Currently attending Montana State University, the sophomore is averaging 13ppg on an efficient 61% from the field while grabbing 7 rebounds a game. He has also represented Great Britain by playing with the Under-20 team in 2017.
Prior to relocating to the states to play basketball Jubrile played for Barking Abbey Basketball Academy in London, where he averaged 8.6ppg and 9 rebounds. He also played a substantial role in guiding Barking Abbey to the 2017 EABL National Championship.
Before playing for the Montana State Bobcats he also attended Lamar Community College in Colorado for two years. Although only being able to play one full season for the Runnin’ Lopes, Jubrile averaged 15 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, Ranked among the top players in NJCAA Division I, Led the Lopes to a winning record, Scored double digits in 24 of 30 games and was a member of The 2019 JucoRecruiting.com’s Top 100 Players Rankings.
How was the transition from British basketball to American basketball?
"Adjusting to the speed of basketball in America was definitely the biggest thing to transition too, players are more athletic and skilled so it was definitely a challenge."
What is the best part about attending an American College?
"I think the best thing about being in an American college is that their are so many fans and supporters who like basketball and so people are very friendly and just do things for me because I’m on the team."
What is your favourite basketball moment?
"My favourite moment in basketball was when we beat UNC Greensboro and my point guard (Harald Frey) hit a half court shot at the buzzer to win by 1 point, we were featured first on ‘SportsCenter Top 10 Plays’."
Is there any advice you can share for British basketball players looking to play in the USA?
"The biggest thing I’ve learnt on this journey to where I am now is that the person who works the hardest and does more in their free time whenever they can, it could be getting up extra shots, free throws just the little things, and eventually it all adds up. Also being coachable is the biggest thing, just wanting to learn more goes a long way."
What Jubrile shows that with enough hard work and determination its possible to make the transition from British to US basketball. We want to thank Jubrile for taking the time for speaking with us and wish him nothing but the best and we look forward to seeing his games in the future.