Omar Samhan

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Omar Samhan
Samhan (center)
Personal information
Born (1988-11-03) November 3, 1988 (age 25)
San Ramon, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 268 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school San Ramon Valley
(Danville, California)
College Saint Mary's (2006–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2011 BC Žalgiris
2012 Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
2013 ratiopharm Ulm
2013–present Alexandria Sporting Club
Career highlights and awards

Omar Samhan (born November 3, 1988) is an Egyptian American[1] professional basketball player. Formerly, Samhan played college basketball for the St. Mary's Gaels,[2] where he was a 2010 All-American honorable mention,[2] and played for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA's summer league. Samhan attended San Ramon Valley High School.

College career[edit]

Samhan is a former college basketball player for the St. Mary's Gaels.[2] He played center for the team, and, after scoring 61 points in two NCAA tournament victories,[2] including 32 points in a win over Villanova,[3] he had been called the "dominant player/personality" of the opening rounds of the 2010 tournament.[4] Samhan was named to the 2010 All-American list as an Honorable mention as a result for his efforts in the regular season and the tournament.

Professional career[edit]

Samhan played for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League in 2010 but did not make the final roster.[5] Samhan instead signed with Žalgiris Kaunas for 2010–2012 and has an option to prolong the contract for one more year.[6]

When 2011–12 PBA Philippine Cup Finals is on-going, Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters and Powerade Tigers have already tapped in imports for the 2012 PBA Commissioner's Cup which fires off Feb. 10. The Talk 'N Text picks Samhan as an import and the Powerade picks Dwayne Jones.[7]


At Saint Mary's, Samhan was a communications major and stated that he wishes to become a broadcaster after he concludes his basketball career.[3]

He also appeared as a celebrity guest on Criss Angel's Spike show "beLIEve."


  1. ^ "ZOmar Samhan Talks Arvydas Sabonis". SLAM ONLINE. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kroner, Steve (March 22, 2010), "Gaels' big man Samhan is always drawing a crowd", The San Francisco Chronicle, retrieved March 22, 2010 
  3. ^ a b Thamel, Pete (March 20, 2010), "St. Mary’s Knocks Out Villanova", The New York Times, retrieved March 22, 2010 
  4. ^ Ratto, Ray (March 22, 2010), Huskies carrying crown for Cinderella stories into Sweet 16, retrieved March 22, 2010 
  5. ^ NBA Summer League Rosters - Vegas
  6. ^ "ZALGIRIS adds size with Omar Samhan". Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  7. ^