Ibrahim Jaaber

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Ibrahim Jaaber
Point guard / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1984-02-03) February 3, 1984 (age 30)
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Nationality American / Bulgarian
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Elizabeth (Elizabeth, New Jersey)
College Penn (2003–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Undrafted
Pro career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2008 Egaleo BC
2008–2010 Lottomatica Roma
2010–2011 AJ Milano
2012–2013 Žalgiris Kaunas
2013 Petrochimi Bandar Imam
Career highlights and awards

Ibrahim Jaaber (pronounced Jabber) (born February 3, 1984) is an American-born naturalized Bulgarian professional basketball player. He plays both the point guard and shooting guard positions and is 1.88 m (6'2") in height. He plays for the Bulgarian national basketball team even though he is American.

College career[edit]

As a former men's basketball player at the University of Pennsylvania, he won the Ivy League Player of the Year in his junior and senior years, in the process breaking the league's career record for steals (303) and finishing among the top pickpockets in college basketball (2nd nationally in steals his junior year and 3rd nationally in steals his senior year). With Mark Zoller, Ibby also led the Quakers to three straight Ivy League titles between his sophomore and senior years; he also played well in the team's three NCAA Tournament games getting 16 points against Texas A&M and 15 against Texas and he scored 21 points when Penn visited a top North Carolina team. Jaaber will go down as one of the best players ever to play for the Quakers and is the all time leader in steals at Penn and in the Ivy League.

Career college stats[edit]

  • 2003-2004 (Penn): Pts: 6.5 Rbs: 2.4 Stls: 1.3 Ast: .6
  • 2004-2005 (Penn): Pts: 11.5 Rbs: 4.6 Stls: 2.9 Ast: 2.8
  • 2005-2006 (Penn): Pts: 18.2 Rbs: 3.4 Stls: 3.3 Ast: 2.2 (Ivy League Player of the Year)
  • 2006-2007 (Penn): Pts: 15.9 Rbs: 4.5 Stls: 2.9 Ast: 5.2 (Ivy League Player of the Year, Big 5 Player of the Year, AP All-American Notable)
  • Career: Pts: 13.3 Rbs: 3.8 Stls: 2.7 Ast: 2.8

Professional career[edit]

Ibrahim Jaaber was not drafted by any NBA teams, but he played for the Detroit Pistons' Summer League squad from July 7–14, 2007 and he subsequently signed a contract to play professionally for a Greek League team called Egaleo ΒC. He then moved to the premiere Euroleague to play with Lottomatica Roma. In the 2010 NBA Summer League, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers. In August 2010 he signed with AJ Milano.[1]

On January 30, 2013, Jaaber announced that he is leaving his former team Žalgiris Kaunas due to personal reasons. He also stated that he will not play for any other European team.[2] Jaaber explained in a letter to the club he left Lithuania because he could not stand to see the dances too suggestive of Zalgiris cheerleaders and he disagreed with advertisements appearing on t-shirts team. "I am well aware that this might prevent me from earning money through basketball for the rest of my life, but I am willing to make this sacrifice because of my beliefs(islam)," he wrote.[3]

Bulgarian national team[edit]

Jaaber plays internationally for the Bulgarian national basketball team.

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