Career Highlights

Ismael is a long, big body, athletic post player who has the versatility to play either the Center or PF at the next level. He will be draft eligible in the 2017 NBA Draft. Bako has the prototypical body and size of an NBA big man. Ismael is the most athletic young prospect currently playing in Europe, standing at 6’10 with a long wingspan of 7’8”. With quick feet he looks the part of a modern athletic C/PF. He has great defensive instincts; he’s able to help and recover in pick and roll situations, block shots, and he is a good rebounder. While Bako has played all of his career with Leuven, he has been one of the few bright spots on that team. Ismael is also very quick and possesses solid handles and a soft outside touch to score on any Center. He also has a great knack for knowing where the ball is at all times. Draft Express ranks Ismael as a Top 20 International Prospect and many compare him to the likes of a Rudy Gobert and Dwight Howard.

Ismael started his professional career in Europe with Stell Artois Leuven Bears in Belgium. He has played there from 2012-2017. He has career averages of 7ppg, 4rpg, 1.5bpg, and 1apg in 13mpg. Ismael played for the Belgian U18 National team in 2013 where he averaged 6ppg, 6rpg, and 2.5bpg. From 2014-15, Bako played for the Belgian U20 National team and averaged 9ppg, 8rpg, 1.6bpg. Ismael had his best game in the summer of 2015 against Israel with 16pts, 17rebs, 4 blocks, and 1 steal in a win.


Ismael Bako was born on October 10, 1995 in Leuven, Belgium. He is the son of Moumouni and Nicole Bako. Ismael comes from a big family, with three brothers and one sister. Ismael’s favorite basketball player is Dwight Howard.


“As a young international prospect without any real basketball business guidance, it was a daunting task picking the right agent. After signing with Scott and his team at Rize Management, I felt very at ease with my decision. While people have heard of me, people in the NBA really didn’t know much about me. From the moment I signed with Scott he worked hard to market me to all 30 NBA teams and to all the top clubs overseas. Scott and the people at Rize really prepared me for the 2017 NBA Draft and gave me all the tools to succeed. They even brought me over from Belgium to the States to get the best training possible for the NBA Draft.”

  • Stats

    Position: C/PF

    Height: 6-11

    Weight: 225 lbs

    Birthdate: October 10, 1995

    High School:
    International – Belgian National Team

    International – Leuven, Belgium

    Passport: Belgian

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