Pops Mensah-Bonsu

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Pops Mensah-Bonsu
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Mensah-Bonsu with Galatasaray
Hapoel Jerusalem
Position Power forward / Center
League Israel Premier League
Eurocup
Personal information
Born (1983-09-07) 7 September 1983 (age 31)
Tottenham, London, England
Nationality British
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school St. Thomas More Catholic School
(London, England)
St. Augustine College Prep
(Richland, New Jersey)
College George Washington (2002–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Undrafted
Pro career 2006–present
Career history
2006–2007 Dallas Mavericks
2006–2007 Fort Worth Flyers
2007–2008 Benetton Treviso
2008 Granada
2008 Joventut Badalona
2009 Austin Toros
2009 San Antonio Spurs
2009 Toronto Raptors
2009 Houston Rockets
2009–2010 Toronto Raptors
2010 CSKA Moscow
2010–2011 New Orleans Hornets
2011 ASVEL
2011–2012 Beşiktaş
2013 Sevilla
2013 Emporio Armani Milano
2013–2014 Galatasaray Liv Hospital
2014–present Hapoel Jerusalem
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Nana Papa Yaw Dwene "Pops" Mensah-Bonsu (born 7 September 1983) is a British professional basketball player who currently plays for Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israel Premier League. He played college basketball for George Washington University before going undrafted in the 2006 NBA draft.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in London, Mensah-Bonsu attended St. Thomas More Roman Catholic School. As a teenager, he represented the London Borough of Haringey at the London Youth Games, appearing in four of Great Britain's five games.[1]

After playing junior basketball for the Hackney White Heat of the English Basketball League, Mensah-Bonsu moved to the United States where he spent his sophomore year of high school playing at the Hun School of Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey. He then transferred to St. Augustine College Preparatory School in Richland, New Jersey where as a senior in 2001–02, he averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks per game.[2]

College career[edit]

Mensah-Bonsu majored in psychology at George Washington University, where he played power forward and center for the Colonials men's basketball team. In his four-year career, he played 112 games (71 starts) while averaging 11.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 23.8 minutes per game. As a sophomore in 2003–04, he was named the Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year; as a junior in 2004–05, he was named to the All-Atlantic 10 second team; and as a senior in 2005–06, he was named to the All-Atlantic 10 first team and Atlantic 10 All-Defensive team.[2]

In 2004–05, Mensah-Bonsu helped lead the Colonials to the 2005 NCAA Tournament, where they lost in the first round. The next season was more successful, with the team ending the regular season 26–1 and being ranked in the national top 10 for the first time in 50 years. However, he suffered a knee injury near the end of the regular season and he did not return until the 2006 NCAA Tournament, where the injury lessened his production. After defeating UNC Wilmington in the first round, George Washington went on to lose to Duke in the second round.[2]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002–03 George Washington 29 26 24.7 .585 .000 .667 5.7 .4 1.0 .9 10.1
2003–04 George Washington 30 1 21.2 .616 .000 .685 5.4 .4 .8 1.0 11.6
2004–05 George Washington 30 24 24.3 .571 .000 .571 6.6 .8 .9 1.5 12.6
2005–06 George Washington 23 20 25.3 .564 .000 .534 6.7 .8 .4 1.7 12.6

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Mavericks (2006–2007)[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2006 NBA draft, Mensah-Bonsu joined the Dallas Mavericks for the 2006 NBA Summer League. On 3 August 2006, he signed with the Mavericks.[3] During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Fort Worth Flyers of the NBA Development League. In 2006–07, he managed just 12 games for the Mavericks, averaging 2.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 5.9 minutes per game.

In July 2007, Mensah-Bonsu re-joined the Mavericks for the 2007 NBA Summer League, but was later waived by the team on 31 August 2007.[4]

Italy and Spain (2007–2008)[edit]

In September 2007, Mensah-Bonsu signed a one-year deal with Benetton Treviso of the Lega Basket Serie A.[5]

In May 2008, Mensah-Bonsu signed with CB Granada of Spain for the team's final game of the season.[6]

In July 2008, Mensah-Bonsu initially joined the Dallas Mavericks for the 2008 NBA Summer League, but later joined the Minnesota Timberwolves where he played four games and averaged 14.3 points per game.[7] On 15 August 2008, he signed a one-year deal with Joventut Badalona.[8][9] On 3 November 2008, he returned to the United States after injuring his shoulder playing for Joventut.[10] A month later, he parted ways with Joventut to focus on recovery.[11]

Return to the NBA (2009–2010)[edit]

On 28 January 2009, Mensah-Bonsu was acquired by the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.[12] On 25 February 2009, he signed a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs.[13] However, on 4 March 2009, he was released by the Spurs after appearing in just three games.[14] Two days later, he signed with the Toronto Raptors for the rest of the 2008–09 season.[15]

On 29 June 2009, the Raptors extended a qualifying offer to Mensah-Bonsu in order to make him a restricted free agent.[16] However, the Raptors later withdrew their qualifying offer on 7 July 2009.

In August 2009, Mensah-Bonsu signed with the Houston Rockets.[17] On 13 November 2009, he was waived by the Rockets after managing just four games.[18] Four days later, he was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Raptors.[19] On 5 January 2010, he was waived by the Raptors.[20]

Russia (2010)[edit]

On 12 January 2010, Mensah-Bonsu signed with CSKA Moscow of Russia for the rest of the 2009–10 season.[21]

New Orleans Hornets (2010–2011)[edit]

On 9 August 2010, Mensah-Bonsu signed a one-year deal (with the option of a second) with Caja Laboral of the Liga ACB.[22] He later left during pre-season due to medical reasons. On 24 September 2010, he signed with the New Orleans Hornets.[23] On 4 January 2011, he was waived by the Hornets.[24]

Return to Europe (2011–2013)[edit]

On 17 February 2011, Mensah-Bonsu signed with ASVEL Basket of France for the rest of the 2010–11 season.[25]

On 5 December 2011, Mensah-Bonsu signed with Beşiktaş of Turkey for the rest of the 2011–12 season.[26]

On 2 August 2012, Mensah-Bonsu signed a two-year deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Basketball Premier League.[27][28] However, he was later waived by Maccabi on 19 September 2012 before appearing in a game for them after physicals showed he hadn't recovered from injuries picked up during the London Olympics.[29]

On 4 March 2013, Mensah-Bonsu signed with Cajasol Sevilla of Spain for the rest of the 2012–13 season.[30] On 16 April 2013, he parted ways with Sevilla.[31] Two days later, he signed with Emporio Armani Milano of Italy for the rest of the season.[32]

Washington Wizards (2013)[edit]

On 27 September 2013, Mensah-Bonsu signed with the Washington Wizards.[33] However, he was later waived by the Wizards on October 24, 2013.[34]

Turkey (2013–2014)[edit]

On 28 October 2013, Mensah-Bonsu signed with Galatasaray Liv Hospital of Turkey for the 2013–14 season.[35] Three days later, he made his debut in a Euroleague game against Unicaja Málaga, in which he recorded 10 points and 11 rebounds.[36]

His season with Galatasray was marred after an in-game fight with Olympiacos centre Mirza Begić on 28 November 2013.[37] He was banned for three games and ordered to pay a €10,001 fine as a result.[38]

Denver Nuggets (2014)[edit]

On 30 September 2014, Mensah-Bonsu signed with the Denver Nuggets.[39] However, the next day, he left the Nuggets due to personal reasons.[40]

Israel (2014–present)[edit]

On 20 November 2014, Mensah-Bonsu signed with Hapoel Jerusalem of Israel.[41]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

NBA career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Dallas 12 0 5.9 .647 .000 .389 1.8 .0 .1 .0 2.4
2008–09 San Antonio 3 0 6.7 .714 .000 .714 3.3 .0 .3 .3 5.0
2008–09 Toronto 19 0 13.8 .354 .000 .683 5.4 .3 .4 .2 5.1
2009–10 Houston 4 0 3.3 .250 .000 .500 1.0 .3 .3 .3 1.3
2009–10 Toronto 16 0 6.7 .414 .000 .556 1.9 .1 .2 .5 2.1
2010–11 New Orleans 7 0 5.0 .333 .000 .000 1.6 .3 .0 .0 .3
Career 61 0 8.3 .410 .000 .589 3.0 .2 .2 .2 3.0

Euroleague career statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2008–09 Joventut 2 1 27.6 .379 .000 .938 11.5 2.0 2.0 2.5 10.3 26.0
2009–10 CSKA 9 0 8.0 .500 .000 .500 1.3 .1 .7 .7 4.1 4.3
2013–14 Galatasaray 18 8 21.4 .571 .000 .585 6.5 .5 .4 .4 8.4 11.5
Career 29 9 17.6 .521 .000 .631 5.2 .5 .6 .6 7.8 10.3

International career[edit]

Mensah-Bonsu was part of the Great Britain national basketball team that qualified for the 2009 EuroBasket. During qualification, he averaged 12.2 points, 10 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He went on to join the British squad for their first appearance in the EuroBasket Tournament. The team lost all three of their first round games but were competitive throughout including a very close game with world champions Spain.

Mensah-Bonsu was again part of the British team in 2010 as they qualified for the 2011 EuroBasket with a 6–2 record. During qualification, he led all Division A players with 13.5 rebounds per game, and also finished sixth in points (19.3) and blocks (1.3).

Mensah-Bonsu was chosen as part of the 12-man British team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He played in four games, recording 46 points and 29 rebounds. He missed Britain's final group game - a 90-58 win over China - due to injury. Great Britain finished with a 1-4 record, failing to qualify for the knockout stage.[42]

Personal life[edit]

In the Twi language, Mensah-Bonsu's name means King (Nana) Father (Papa) Thursday-Born (Yaw) Third Son (Mensah) Whale (Bonsu). In several interviews, Mensah-Bonsu has suggested that his family earned its surname when an ancestor slew a whale.[43]

Mensah-Bonsu is the son of Henry and Agnes Mensah-Bonsu, and has four siblings: Audrey, Kojo, Wiafe and Benson.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "Austin’s Pops Mensah-Bonsu Called Up To San Antonio Spurs". NBA.com. 25 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
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  42. ^ "Pops Mensah Bonsu's profile". FIBA.com. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
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