Mizzou Women’s Basketball Adds Dembele to Recruiting Class

Dembele played in the U16 & U18 European Championships for Spanish national team

COLUMBIA, Mo.  – Mizzou Women’s Basketball head coach Robin Pingeton announced the addition of Mama Dembele on Thursday, as the Spanish point guard signed a national letter of intent to continue her athletic and academic career at the University of Missouri. The Manlleu, Spain native joins Mizzou with a wealth of success at the international level, and earned a trip stateside to participate in a Global Basketball Camp organized by the NBA and FIBA.

Dembele’s signing brings Mizzou’s 2020 recruiting class to three, after Jayla Kelly and Sara-Rose Smith inked NLI’s in November. Kelly ranks as the No. 79 overall recruit in the nation by ESPNW, while Smith boasts experience at the international level with the Australian national team.

“We are very excited to have Mama joining our basketball family,” said Pingeton. “She has an incredible motor, has tremendous speed, she is a great defender, and has a very high basketball IQ. She will be a great floor general for us. In addition, Mama is a high character young lady who we know will be a fantastic addition to our program.”

Dembele earned All-Star recognition at the 2018 U16 European Championships, as the shifty point guard helped lead the Spaniards to bronze medal finish after averaging 5.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. She played her best game of the tournament in the opening round of group play, as she scored 16 points, had six rebounds, four assists and six steals in a 96-66 win over Latvia. In the bronze medal game, Dembele dished out eight assists, grabbed five rebounds and had five steals in a 64-47 win over Turkey.

Dembele joined Spain’s national team once again in the summer of 2019 at the U18 European Championships where she averaged 3.3 points and 3.7 assists per game. In group play, Dembele scored 10 points and dished out three assists against Czech Republic. Against Israel, Dembele dished out eight dimes.

Dembele joined an impressive group of international prospects at the 2020 NBA Basketball Without Borders Global Camp, hosted by FIBA during the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend. She was one of 64 boys and girls (age 16-18) from 34 countries who visited Chicago and got to attend the dunk contest, 3-point shootout and the All-Star Game. In addition, each player participated in drills, practices and scrimmages in front of NBA and WNBA teams. For her efforts in Chicago, Dembele received the Defensive MVP Award.

At her high school, IES Joaquim Blume, Dembele was named the best student-athlete for the 2019-20 season.