Moses Ehambe is now the D-League's all-time three-point field goal leader, but his journey has been filled with hard word, patience, determination, and resilience over the years.
"The highlight of my time at Oral Roberts was going to the NCAA Tournament three years in a row, as well as being named Summit Conference Tournament MVP during my senior year. I went through a lot during my college career so it meant a lot to me," the veteran recently told RidiculousUpside.com about his college career. "I had a tough first couple of years where I didn't see the court very often, but everything started to fall into place my junior year, I was a made a starter and was a captain on the team. We were a great team all throughout my career, so getting the MVP honor was like the cherry on top."
He had a fantastic end to his college career, but Ehambe wasn't admitted into the NBA's draft pool. This came as a letdown, but he wasn't without a professional job for very long.
"I really didn't know about the whole draft process, which is weird to say. I was really clueless to the whole pro basketball situation; it wasn't until my junior year that I realized you could make money playing outside of the NBA. Coming out of college, I wasn't high on the radar and I wanted to get into the draft pool but unfortunately wasn't able to," he explained. "Going undrafted was a bummer, but that turned around pretty quickly when I got drafted into the D-League. Playing in Tulsa at Oral Roberts and getting picked by the Tulsa 66ers was huge for me, because it was like the home crowd from college just followed me. Realizing that I could make a career out of playing basketball was really great."
Ehambe could have played overseas despite being drafted into the D-League, but a familiar series of events led to him staying home with the 66ers.
"After my collegiate season I was kind of clueless as to what to do. I was getting offers overseas, but playing in the NBA was such a dream of mine and still is. I was on my knees praying and I got a vision of playing in the D-League. I got up and got onto the computer and there was an ad or an article about how ‘Dreams Start Here' for the D-League," Ehambe said. "I did more research and learned more about the league and call-ups and how it functioned and I thought that was the confirmation that I needed to commit myself."
The D-League and international journeyman went on to discuss the minor league's level of play.
"[It] was totally different because in high school you play against different teams that might have one star and in college you face teams that might have at most three guys that can play at the next level, while in the NBA or the D-League everyone is extremely talented," the vet pointed out. "Going against that level of competition really elevated things for me and it ended up being a great experience."
After two years successful years with Tulsa that saw him establish himself as one of the NBADL's top marksmen (along with getting married prior to a game) he made the decision to head over to Spain and play in the LEB Oro, Spain's second division.
"Spain was great, especially since it was my first time going to play over the water. I was able to take my wife with me, which was huge because I didn't want to go there by myself without a support system. She's the one that made me stick out the season in Spain," Ehambe revealed. "Being the only American on the team, it ended up being a situation that if the team wasn't doing well, it was your fault."
Since playing overseas and in Tulsa, Ehambe has also played for the likes of the Austin Spurs and Iowa Energy, which whom he won an NBADL title in 2011.
"After our championship season, I got invited to camps with New Orleans, Cleveland, San Antonio and Memphis and I was just doing workouts like crazy. I was doing well in these, so I felt the need to stay in the D-League one more year to see if a team would pick me up. I was captain of the team in the D-League, which was pretty awesome, too."
With all of his time logged in the D-League and overseas, Ehambe believes that he can make an impact at the NBA level right away.
Discussing his still evident skill set, Ehambe said, "I can come in and knock shots down and play aggressive defense. I can be a good locker room guy and be positive, which has been shown by winning the sportsmanship award. I know when it comes to the NBA you can do all of that stuff in the locker room, but you have to do something on the table. I'm one of the greatest shooters in the world; it's on paper. I know that I can be a valuable member of any NBA team."