Romain Sato

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Romain Sato
Romain Sato.jpg
No. 10 – Valencia Basket
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League Spanish League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1981-03-02) March 2, 1981 (age 33)
Bimbo, Central African Republic
Nationality Central African
Listed height 6 ft 4.75 in (1.95 m)
Listed weight 222 lb (101 kg)
Career information
High school Dayton Christian (Dayton, Ohio)
College Xavier (2000–2004)
NBA draft 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52nd overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Pro career 2004–present
Career history
2005–2006 Sicc Cucine Jesi
2006 FC Barcelona
2006–2010 Montepaschi Siena
2010–2012 Panathinakos
2012–2013 Fenerbahçe Ülker
2013–present Valencia
Career highlights and awards

Romain Guessagba-Sato-Lebel (born March 2, 1981), generally known as Romain Sato, is a Central African professional basketball player who plays for Valencia of the Spanish League. Standing at 6 ft 4.75 in (1.95 m), he plays as a swingman.

Amateur career[edit]

Sato played high school basketball at Dayton Christian High School in Dayton, Ohio, in the United States. He graduated from Xavier University in 2004, having majored in French, after playing college basketball with the Xavier Musketeers.

Professional career[edit]

Sato was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2004 NBA Draft, and was subsequently waived on February 24, 2005. After being drafted by the Spurs, Sato played in the Italian Second Division[1] with Sicc Cucine Jesi. He was the league's second-leading scorer in the 2005–06 season, averaging 25.5 points per game, and also adding 7.5 rebounds per game.

In Romain's three playoff games that season, he averaged 35 points and 14.6 rebounds. From there, he went to FC Barcelona to play in the 2006 Spanish ACB League playoffs.[2] Sato then returned to Italy to play in the top Italian League with Montepaschi Siena for the 2006–07 season. In his first season with Siena, he helped Montepaschi to win the Scudetto (Italian Championship),[3] and he then went on to win three more Scudetti with Siena. He was named the Italian League MVP in 2010.[4]

In July 2010, he signed a three-years contract with Panathinaikos. In the summer of 2012, he signed a two-years contract with Fenerbahçe Ülker.[5] He left them after one season. In August 2012, he signed a one-year deal with the Spanish team Valencia Basket.[6] On July 1, 2014, he re-signed with Valencia for two more years.[7]

Central African Republic national team[edit]

Sato played with the senior men's Central African Republic national basketball team at the 2009 FIBA Africa Championship. He averaged 21.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game at the tournament and was named to the All-Tournament First Team.

Euroleague 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

Note: Euroleague is not the only competition in which player participated for the team during the season.

Denotes seasons in which Sato won the Euroleague
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2007–08 Montepaschi 23 22 28.0 .442 .347 .731 4.9 1.0 1.8 .1 11.6 12.7
2008–09 Montepaschi 20 19 25.8 .462 .400 .814 3.9 .7 1.8 .1 10.1 10.8
2009–10 Montepaschi 16 16 28.0 .490 .396 .855 5.3 1.3 1.5 .0 13.6 16.3
2010–11 Panathinakos 21 16 26.2 .413 .388 .813 3.9 1.1 .7 .1 9.0 10.1
2011–12 Panathinakos 23 20 26.0 .410 .347 .712 4.7 1.0 .7 .4 7.1 8.6
2012–13 Fenerbahçe 23 23 27.0 .408 .341 .810 4.2 1.3 .7 .1 7.3 8.2
2014–15 Valencia 9 6 27.3 .362 .292 .800 4.8 1.1 .9 .6 6.3 6.7
Career 126 122 26.8 .433 .364 .789 4.4 1.1 1.2 .2 9.4 10.6

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coro, Paul (July 5, 2006). "Sato may fill Suns' need". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
  2. ^ "First Team Roster: Romain Sato". Mens Sana Basket. Archived from the original on 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2008-02-20. 
  3. ^ "Xavier University Graduate Romain Sato Wins Italian Title". CSTV. June 19, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
  4. ^ Legabasket.it – Gli MVP di Lega: Romain Sato è il miglior giocatore della stagione regolare (Italian).
  5. ^ "Fenerbahce signs Romain Sato". Sportando.net. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "VALENCIA BASKET announces power Romain Sato". Eurocupbasketball.com. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Romain Sato will stay in Valencia two more years". Euroleague.net. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 

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