Samhan (center) in 2010
|No. 50 – Texas Legends|
November 3, 1988 |
San Ramon, California
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||265 lb (120 kg)|
|High school||San Ramon Valley
|College||Saint Mary's (2006–2010)|
|NBA draft||2010 / Undrafted|
|2012||Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters|
|2013–2014||Alexandria Sporting Club|
|Career highlights and awards|
Omar Samhan (born November 3, 1988) is an Egyptian-American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for Saint Mary's College of California where he was an honorable mention All-American in 2010. He also played high school basketball for San Ramon Valley High School.
In his freshman season at Saint Mary's, Samhan was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshmen team and was a Freshman All-American selection by CollegeInsider.com. He played in all 32 games including seven starts and was the team's third highest scorer and second highest rebounder, averaged 9.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
In his sophomore season, Samhan earned honorable mention All-WCC honors after starting every game and scoring in double figures 18 times. He finished third on the team in scoring (10.5 ppg) and second in rebounds (7.3 rpg).
In his junior season, Samhan earned first-team All-WCC honors after finishing 10th in the conference in scoring and third in rebounds and was second on the team in scoring (14.1 ppg) and rebounds (9.4 rpg). He also ranked 29th in the country in rebounds per game and 40th in the nation with 2.0 blocks per game.
In his senior season, Samhan scored 61 points in two NCAA tournament victories, including 32 points in a win over Villanova. He earned first-team All-WCC honors for the second straight year and was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year. He also earned Associated Press honorable mention All-American honors after leading the WCC during the regular season in scoring (21.5 ppg), rebounds (11.1 rpg) and blocks (2.9 bpg).
After going undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft, Samhan joined the Dallas Mavericks for the 2010 NBA Summer League. On July 16, 2010, he signed a two-year deal (with the option of a third) with Žalgiris of the Lithuanian Basketball League. He left Žalgiris in 2011 after just one season.
In the summer of 2013, Samhan signed with the Alexandria Sporting Club of Egypt for the 2013–14 season.
Samhan is the son of Marianne and Hasaan Samhan, and is the youngest of three children; he has an older sister, Katie, and an older brother, John. His grandfather, Daniel Fleming, played in the NBA in the 1940s.
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