Ali Kanaan

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Ali Kanaan (born 12 December 1985 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a Lebanese Canadian basketball player currently playing for Byblos - Jbeil and Lebanon national basketball team.

Born to Anis Kanaan and Amira El-Fares of Beirut, Lebanon, he immigrated to Canada. He played in Vanier College (Ville Saint Laurent, Quebec) and College Montmorency (Laval, Quebec). He played in the NCAA for 4 years with the University of Massachusetts Lowell.[1]

Highschool career[edit]

He played four years at Georges-Vanier high school in the Province of Quebec, Canada. He achieved Most Valuable Player as a senior. He averaged 2.3 block shots a game as a senior.

College career[edit]

Ali played for the University of Massachusetts Lowell.[2] for four years, a Division II school who is in the Northeast 10 conference. He played four years for the Riverhawks. He played his freshman year for them during the 06-07 season where he averaged 3.8 points and 4.0 rebounds a game during his freshman season at 6'9.

Pro career[edit]

In 2010 after the 2010 FIBA World Championship and after graduating from college Ali became pro and he signed with Lebanese powerhorses Riyadi in the Lebanese Basketball League due to A list Ali was loaned to Antranik SC in exchange of Charbel El Sokn. Ali will play for Riyadi in international tournaments.

National team[edit]

Ali Kanaan became a member of the Lebanon national basketball team, with whom he debuted with at the FIBA Asia Championship 2009.[3] At the tournament, he averaged 2.2 points and 3.2 rebounds for the fourth-placed Lebanese team.


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