Welcome back to today’s Famous Friday! Today we will talk about Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel was born June 26 1992 in Saint Quentin, Aisne in northern france. His father Rudy Bourgarl is from Guadeloupe and played college basketball for the Marist Red Foxes in the United States. Later on his father met his white french mother when he played professional basketball in Paris and Saint Quentin.  Goert started playing basketball in 2003 for the JSC St-Quentin club, before joining the Saint-Quentin BasketBall club. In 27 he joined Chilet Baske’s Cadet categories training center and participated in the FIBA Europe Under 18 championship with the French under-18 national team, he finished as the teams best rebounder and scorer.

During the start of his professional career in the United States, Gobert played for Utah Jazz from 2013 to 2022 in the NBA. After declaring for the 2013 NBA draft he set records for wingspan which was 7 feet 8 1 ⁄ 2 inches and standing reach of 9 feet 7 inches, of which gained him the nickname of “The Stifle tower”. During the 2018-19 season, Gobert recorded a season-high seven blocks in a 117-96 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. In that same season during another game he had a team high of 25 points on a 10 of 12 shooting and grabbed 16 rebounds for his 31st double-double of the season in a 129-97 victory over the New york Knicks. In another instance during the 2019-2020 season, the start of his first all star appearance, Govert averaged 15.7 points and 14.6 rebounds per game on offensive attack  and had become an anchor for the Utah Jazz defense. Currently Govert is playing with the Minnesota Timberwolves as he was traded on July 6th 2022. January 6th 2023 Gobert logged 25 points and 21 rebounds on 11 of 15 shooting from the field in a 128-115 victory over the L.A. Clippers. He countiues to break barriers on and off the court by continuing to inspire indivuals around the world by leading with integrity and sportmaship.



Photo source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudy_Gobert


By: Anna Garrison, President of Project RACE Teens