On Balamou: An athletic wing with game-changing athleticism ... a dynamic scorer and finisher ... possesses limitless athleticism and basketball smarts ... floor game described as meteorically-rising ... noted for his above-the-rim style of play ... last name pronounced "BAH-lah-moo."
Steve Lavin On Balamou: "Felix is an explosive athlete with a fierce will and determination to compete at the highest levels of basketball. His athleticism, slashing ability and defensive prowess fit well with our baseline-to-baseline attacking style of play. Felix has shown marked improvement over this past year. His best days of basketball are clearly ahead of him."
At Our Savior New American: Arrived in the U.S. in 2010 and played two seasons at Our Savior New American School in Centereach, Long Island, N.Y. ... the Pioneers' leading scorer as a senior (16.0 points per game) on a team with eight NCAA Division I prospects ... also averaged 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals ... helped OSNA post a 25-5 record in 2011-12 ... named a Top 20 all-star at Hoop Group Elite camp in 2011 ... following in the footsteps of 2010 predecessor Maurice Harkless, he captured the MVP award at the Port Chester CYP in Port Chester, Pa., in March of 2011 .... earned second team All-IS8 honors after leading Our Savior New American to the Jamaica, Queens, tournament's semifinals in the fall of 2011 ... selected the game MVP for the PrimeTime Shootout in Roselle, N.J., in February of 2012 ... coached at OSNA by Ron Stelzer ... also a standout on the soccer pitch for the Pioneers, scoring 31 goals with 13 assists as a senior in 2011.
Personal: Felix Roland Balamou ... born in Conakry, the national capital and largest city in the country of Guinea on the West Coast of Africa ... son of Anna Marie Kolie and the late Richard Balamou ... has one sister, Marguerite (34), and three brothers, Williams (25), August (20) and Georges (14) ... major is undecided but contemplating business.
Up Close With Felix Balamou
Favorite movie/TV show: "Dog Soldiers," a British horror film. National Geographic Channel.
Favorite actor/actress: Jean-Claude Van Damme.
What's on my iPod/mp3 player: Music, interesting apps.
Favorite food: Rice.
Favorite place to hang out on campus/NYC area: The mall or the city.
Favorite class: Discover New York.
Favorite book: "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley.
Since coming to St. John's I've learned: More basketball knowledge and much in the classroom as well.
Greatest athletic accomplishment: Earning a NCAA Division I scholarship.
Hero/role model: My dad.
Favorite athlete/sports team: Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Favorite St. John's athlete: Dwight Hardy.
Best thing about St. John's: Everything.
One word to describe me on the court: "Hard-working."
One word to describe me off the court: "Quiet."
If I could have dinner with three people (in history or today): My parents.
What do you want to accomplish this season: Make the NCAA Tournament.
Favorite quote: "Never give up, no matter what."
If I was President for the day, I would: Develop my country.
If I wasn't playing basketball: I would be a soccer player.