Omar Samhan

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Omar Samhan
Samhan (center) in 2010
Los Angeles D-Fenders
Position Center
League NBA Development League
Personal information
Born (1988-11-03) November 3, 1988 (age 26)
San Ramon, California
Nationality American/Egyptian
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school San Ramon Valley
(Danville, California)
College Saint Mary's (2006–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2011 Žalgiris (Lithuania)
2012 Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters
2013 ratiopharm Ulm (Germany)
2013–2014 Alexandria Sporting Club (Egypt)
2014–2015 Texas Legends (D-League)
2015–present Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)
Career highlights and awards
  • Baltic League champion (2011)
  • AP honorable mention All-American (2010)
  • WCC Defensive Player of the Year (2010)
  • 2x First-team All-WCC (2009, 2010)
  • WCC All-Freshman Team (2007)

Omar Hassan Samhan (born November 3, 1988) is an American-Egyptian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles D-Fenders 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.

College career[edit]

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 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.[1]

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).[1]

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.[1]

In his senior season, Samhan scored 61 points in two NCAA tournament victories,[2] including 32 points in a win over Villanova.[3] 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).[1]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft, Samhan joined the Dallas Mavericks for the 2010 NBA Summer League.[4] On July 16, 2010, he signed a two-year deal (with the option of a third) with Žalgiris of the Lithuanian Basketball League.[5] He left Žalgiris in 2011 after just one season.

In February 2011, Hassan joined the Egypt national basketball team.[6]

On December 13, 2011, Samhan signed with the Houston Rockets.[7] However, he was later waived by the Rockets on December 19, 2011.[8]

In February 2012, Samhan signed with the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters of the Philippine Basketball Association.[9] He left later that month after just two games.

On February 21, 2013, Samhan signed with ratiopharm Ulm of Germany for the rest of the 2012–13 season.[10] In June 2013, he parted ways with Ulm.[11]

In the summer of 2013, Samhan signed with the Alexandria Sporting Club for the 2013–14 Egyptian Basketball Premier League season.

On July 20, 2014, Samhan signed with King Wilki Morskie of Poland for the 2014–15 season.[12] However, his contract was later terminated by the club on September 9, 2014.[13]

On November 3, 2014, Samhan was acquired by the Texas Legends.[14] On March 13, 2015, he was waived by the Legends after appearing in 18 games.[15] On April 4, he was acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders.[15]


Samhan, of Egyptian and Irish descent,[6] 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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "#50 Omar Samhan". Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ Kroner, Steve (March 22, 2010), "Gaels' big man Samhan is always drawing a crowd", The San Francisco Chronicle, retrieved March 22, 2010 
  3. ^ Thamel, Pete (March 20, 2010), "St. Mary’s Knocks Out Villanova", The New York Times, retrieved March 22, 2010 
  4. ^ NBA Summer League Rosters - Vegas
  5. ^ "ZALGIRIS adds size with Samhan, keeps Watson". July 16, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Inman, Cam (February 14, 2011). "Former Saint Mary's star Omar Samhan to join Egyptian national team". Contra Costa Times. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Rockets Add Camp Invitees Samhan & Saunders". December 13, 2011. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rockets Waive Jaaber and Samhan". December 19, 2011. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ Bolante, Mikkel (February 16, 2012). "Samhan to love: Former US NCAA star ready to lead Talk ‘N Text title defense". Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Omar Samhan signs with Ratiopharm Ulm". February 21, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Omar Samhan, Ulm part ways". June 26, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ "King Wilki Morskie signs Omar Samhan". July 20, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  13. ^ Wolski, Wiktor (September 9, 2014). "Omar Samhan nie zagra w Wilkach Morskich". (in Polish). Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Training Camp Roster". November 3, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b NBA D-League 2014-15 Transactions

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