If you are an avid basketball fan, then you know, Dunking is not common in women’s basketball games. Likewise, there are only eight players who have dunked in a college basketball game. One of them is Fran Belibi.
Belibi came to the spotlight when she performed her first dunk in 2017, just 16 months after learning to play basketball. To the curious minds, Fran Belibi is 19 years old American basketball player who plays for Standford Cardinal.
She has also represented the USA national team at different age levels. However, Fran wants to pursue her career as a doctor after completing college rather than basketball.
Will she stick to this decision, or will we see her playing as a professional? Only time can tell. For now, let’s look at Fran’s life, before and after her rise to stardom.
|Date of Birth||July 20, 2001|
|Birth Place||Centennial, Colorado, USA|
|Height||6 ft 1 inch (1.85m)|
|Weight||62 kgs (136 lb)|
|Body Mass Index (BMI)||17.9|
|Wingspan||6 ft 5 inches|
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Father name||Franck Belibi|
|Mother name||Suzanne Belibi|
|Siblings||Franck Belibi Jr. (brother), Hana Belibi (Sister), Fabiola Belibi|
|Position||Centre / Power Forward|
|High School||Regis Jesuit High School|
|High School Ranking||19 (Espn)|
|College||Standford University (College)|
|Current Affiliations||National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)|
|Social Media||Instagram / Twitter|
|National Team career||FIBA U-19 World Cup 2019, FIBA U-17 World Cup 2018 & FIBA Americas U-16 2017.|
|Standford Merch||Jerseys, T-shirts, Face Mask|
Fran Belibi | Body Measurement
Mainly to play the center position in basketball, one needs a huge body frame. Fran Belibi perfectly fits that requirement.
She stands 6 ft 1 inch and weighs around 62 kg. Fran has a 31-inch vertical jump and about 6 ft 5 inches wingspan.
Likewise, Belibi is making great advantage of her body to score points and make defensive plays for the team. Not to forget scoring dunks during the game.
Fran Belibi | Early life and Parents
The youngester who has been making a name for herself, Fran Belibi was born on 20th July 2001 in Centennial, Colorado, USA. She is the daughter of Franck Belibi and Suzanne Belibi.
Likewise, Fran’s father is a Nephrologist and Internist, whereas her mother is a Pediatrician.
Fran’s parents are from Cameroon who met each other while they were in medical school in Europe. Before moving to the USA, they lived in Belgium.
Not to mention, Fran is the oldest and has three siblings. Her brother’s name is Franck Belibi Jr.
Likewise, she has two sisters named Hana Belibi and Fabiola Belibi. During free time Fran likes to play and have fun with her siblings. We can see how close the four are.
Aim of becoming a Doctor
Despite making a name for herself in the women’s basketball, Fran is reluctant about not pursing it any further. In the future, she wants to become a doctor.
Since 4 years old, Fran Belibi had planned to become a doctor. Not to mention, Belibi was influenced by her parents to pursue a medical degree.
Besides, Fran graduated from high school with a 3.99 GPA. With further shows how serious she is about the her decision.
Fran Belibi | High School Career
Starting off Scratch
Fran Belibi started playing basketball only after she joined high school. Before that, she used to play tennis.
Fran was touching the rim and dunking the dodge ball when she was noticed by the Regis Jesuit girls assistant coach. Soon he called Carl Mattei, head coach.
Young Belibi was a freshman without any basketball knowledge. But seeing Fran’s 6 ft 1-inch frame and jumping ability, Carl convinced her to try out for their Basketball team. At that time, she was not familiar with any basketball skills or rules.
Nonetheless, she made good progress in her basketball, but it wasn’t easy for the coach to convince her parents. Later, Fran’s parents agreed. They also attended some of her games, taking off from their busy doctor schedule.
During her first year at Regis Jesuit High School, she averaged 6.3 points, 5.9 rebounds,1.6 blocks over 25 games.
Internet Breaking Dunk
Social media platforms like youtube, Instagram, and Twitter are creating new celebrities. Mainly in highschool basketball, the highlights, mixtapes in social media have given them instant rise to stardom.
Fran Belibi Scored her first In Game DUnk aged 15 in 2017
Fran started playing competitive basketball when she was in her high school freshman year. In the same year, on 6th January 2017, she scored her first dunk against Grand Junction.
Likewise, Belibi stole the ball in midcourt to later dunk with her right hand. After that dunk, she became the first in-game female dunker in Colorado highschool basketball history.
Just within a day, her dunk video got more than 2 million views. She didn’t have social media at that time, so her high school coach Carl Mattei got more than 217 calls and texts. Mainly from college coaches that wanted to recruit her.
In her sophomore season, Fran averaged 15.7 PPG, 11.6RG, and 3.2 BPG in 26 games. She started in 25 of those games. They lost in the state tournament semis and finished with a 20-7 record.
Fran Belibi and her friends were receiving many calls and messages. So, she decided to change her number.
Later Fran’s parents decided to open a website called franbelibirecruit so she could not miss good opportunities. About more than 40 colleges are registered in Fran’s web portal.
After research, Fran, along with her family, shortlisted four college programs. They were Harvard, Princeton, Norte Dame, and Standford. She visited all four of those colleges.
Later in May 2018, she committed to Standford. One main reason behind it is Standford has a medical school inside the campus, and Fran wants to become a doctor.
By the end of the junior season, it was already decided Fran Belibi is heading towards Standford to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor and play basketball.
Overall in her 2017-18 season, she recorded 13.7 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.3 APG, 2.6 SPG, and 1.6 BPG. Fran team also finished as state runner-up that season.
Fran was an absolutely unstoppable force in her senior year at Regis Jesuit High School. Her senior season was the best season of her high school career. Fran led her team to Colorado Class 5A state semis with a 24-3 record.
Over 26 games, she started all of those and recorded 21.8 PPG, 12.3 RPG, 3.4 SPG, 2.7 BPG, and 2.3 APG. Likewise, Belibi had a double-double in 19 of those games, along with 1 triple-double.
Fran Belibi was selected in both Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald’s All American games for her top performance during her senior year.
In Jordan Brand Classics, she registered a double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds. But her team lost by a close margin of 87-82.
Powerade Jam Fest
In Powerade Jam Fest 2019, Fran Belibi competed alongside future NBA players like James Wise, Cole Anthony to name few. In both the qualifying and final round, she recorded perfect 160 points.
Fran became the second female player to won that contest after Candace Parker, who won last in 2004.
She also won Gatorade State Player of the year and USA Today Colorado player of the year in her senior season. Fran was recognized as a 5-star recruit and the 19th best player in the country by ESPN.
Fran Belibi | College Career
Fran Belibi made her Standford debut against Eastern Washington on 5th November 2019. She scored 12 points and grabbed season 15 rebounds in a 77-58 victory. She became the second freshman from Standford Cardinal to record a double-double in her college debut.
Later on 16th January 2020, she scored season-high 20 points with 9-11 from the field in an 82-49 victory over Utah.
Fran played her last game as a freshman on 8th March 2020 against Oregon in PAC 12 final, where they suffered an 89-56 loss.
In Fran’s first season with Standford Cardinal, she was named honorable mention in Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. During the season, she averaged 6.6 PPG and 4.5 RPG appearing in 32 games.
On 13th December 2020 slammed her first dunk in her college basketball against California. She became the first female to dunk in college basketball after Brittany Griner dunked back in 2014.
Later on 21st December 2020, she scored the second dunk of her college career against UCLA. She also scored 15 points in the match.
On 3rd January 2021, she posted a double-double with career-high points against Arizona State. She scored 23 points along with 12 rebounds to help the team secure a 68-60 victory.
In her ongoing sophomore season, Fran has already started twice more than her freshman season. Likewise, she is averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 assists over 19 games.
Later on 4th February 2021, Fran was named a candidate in Katrina McClain Award Watch List.
Fran Belibi | National Team Career
FIBA Americas U-16 Championship 2017
Fran Belibi has just started playing basketball 21 months before her National Team Debut. She was first called up for FIBA Americas U-16 Championship held in Argentina. During the tournament, she posted 4.8 PPG and 5.8 RPG to help the USA win a gold medal.
Fran had her best game against Mexico, where she registered 12 points, seven rebounds, and one assist, block, and steal during the match.
FIBA U-17 World Cup 2018
Later in 2018, Fren became a Team USA member for FIBA U-17 World Cup 2018 held in Minsk, Belarus. In the tournament, she averaged 8.0 ppg and 5.7 RPG to help the USA clinch the title with a perfect 7-0 run.
FIBA U-19 World Cup 2019
In 2019 Fran was called up for the FIBA U-19 World Cup 2019. She won her third gold medal in a 74-70 overtime win over Australia.
During the tournament, Fran averaged 7.7 points and 7.3 rebounds. She set the USA U-19 record after going perfect 8-8 from the field to victory against South Korea.
Fran Belibi | Social Media and Net Worth
Fran Belibi didn’t have social media handles during the time she broke the internet with her dunk. But now, her dunking capability and game performances have definitely helped to get a huge fan following on social media.
On Instagram, she has around 32.7k followers. She usually post-basketball stuff and lifestyle photos or videos on the Instagram handle.
NCAA does not allow student-athletes to benefit from their name, image, and likeness financially. So, Fran Belibi cannot have endorsement deals or salary contracts. Currently, Frans is supported by her parents and college program for her living.
But NCAA has now proposed to reverse the previous student-athlete pay rule. If it succeeds, Fran can definitely make good earning before her WNBA or doctor career with her fame and game.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the height of Fran Belibi?
Fran Belibi stands 6 ft 1 inch (1.85m) tall and has a vertical jump of 31 inches.
When did Fren Belibi slam her first dunk?
Fran Belibi slammed her first dunk on 6th January 2017 against Grand Junction. At that time, she was 15 years old and in her sophomore year.