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Joaquim Gomes, Angola
Fiba.com: Nicknamed “Kikas”, Joaquim Gomes became THE power forward in Angola after the retirement of legend Jean-Jacques Conceiçao. Gomes joined the National Team at only 19 years old. Under the tutelage of Jean-Jacques, Gomes has learned to survive at the world's best level. A graduate of the University of Valparaiso, he scored 13.1 points and grabbed 8.8 rebounds during his senior season. After going un-drafted in 2004, Gomes spent a year in German Bundesliga (5.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg) before joining the Eiffel Towers Den Bosch in the Netherlands last fall.
He is currently more a rebounder than a scorer. But he has the experience of playing at the Olympic Games (2004) and a World Championship (2002) as well as winning the last 3 African Championship with Angola.
Name: Joaquim Brandao Gomes
Postion: Power Forward
Born: December 23, 1980
Origin: Luanda, Angola
Teams (jersey): Petro Atletico (Angola, 1998-00), University of Valparaiso, RheinEnergie Köln, Eiffel Towers Den Bosch
IBN Notes: Gomes was voted the 2006 Interbasket African Player of the Year, for his work in the 2006 Fiba World Championships beating out NBA players Luol Deng, Dikembe Mutombo, Ime Udoka and DeSagana Diop.
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