Amanda Zahui B.

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Amanda Zahui B.
Amanda Zahui B.jpg
No. 17 – New York Liberty
PositionCenter
LeagueWNBA
Personal information
Born (1993-09-08) September 8, 1993 (age 25)
Stockholm, Sweden
NationalitySwedish
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High schoolIgelstavikens Gymnasium
CollegeMinnesota (2013–2015)
WNBA draft2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Tulsa Shock
Playing career2015–present
Career history
2015Tulsa Shock
2016–presentNew York Liberty
2016–2017Nadezhda Orenburg
2017–presentUSK Praha
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Amanda Zahui Bazoukou (born September 8, 1993) is a Swedish basketball player for the New York Liberty of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted by the Tulsa Shock in the 2015 WNBA Draft.

Early life[edit]

Zahui Bazoukou began playing basketball when she was 10. By 13, Sweden had added her to its 16-and-under national team where she averaged double-doubles in the European Championships.

Her surname is pronounced ZAH-wee B. She shortened Bazoukou to an initial so it would fit on her jersey and be easier for Americans to pronounce.

Her mother is Spanish-French and her father is from the Ivory Coast.[1][2]

College[edit]

In February 2015, Zahui B recorded a career-high 39 points in a game against Iowa Hawkeye basketball team. She also recorded 29 rebounds in that game, the most ever by a player in the Big Ten Conference. The last NBA player to record at least 39 points and 29 rebounds in a game was Moses Malone in October 1979.[3]

Minnesota statistics[edit]

Source[4]

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  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013-14 Minnesota 34 514 54.3% 33.3% 65.4% 11.6 1.4 0.7 3.1 15.1
2014-15 Minnesota 33 621 55.5% 26.1% 78.3% 12.9 1.1 1.4 4.1 18.8
Career 67 1135 54.9% 26.9% 72.8% 12.2 1.3 1.0 3.6 16.9


Professional career[edit]

Zahui B was drafted second overall by the Tulsa Shock when she was only a sophomore. She was 21 years old.[5]

In 2016, she was transferred to the Russian Nadezhda Orenburg where she became the highest scoring player.[6] Her name Zahui caused some stir due to its similarity with an obscene word in Russian. In 2017 the team decided to use the name Bazoukou instead.[7][8]

Her career WNBA per-game statistics[9] up to the 2019 mid-season all-star break were:

Year TM Age G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2015 TUL 21 31 0 9.7 1.3 3.5 .361 0.4 1.2 .333 0.9 2.3 .375 0.5 0.6 .750 0.8 1.6 2.4 0.3 0.2 0.6 0.6 1.9 3.4
2016 NYL 22 33 1 11.3 1.7 3.8 .449 0.1 0.5 .118 1.6 3.4 .486 1.5 1.8 .787 1.3 1.9 3.2 0.4 0.3 0.7 1.1 2.1 5.0
2017 NYL 23 29 0 5.3 0.9 2.2 .400 0.1 0.3 .250 0.8 2.0 .421 0.3 0.4 .750 0.3 0.8 1.1 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.5 1.1 2.2
2018 NYL 24 29 0 15.9 3.1 6.2 .500 0.7 2.1 .344 2.4 4.1 .580 0.8 1.3 .605 1.3 1.7 3.0 0.7 0.4 0.4 1.6 2.8 7.7
2019 (to July) NYL 25 13 13 25.5 3.4 7.4 .458 1.2 3.4 .364 2.2 4.0 .538 1.5 1.8 .833 1.2 6.2 7.3 0.6 1.0 2.0 1.7 3.3 9.5
Career 135 14 12.0 1.9 4.3 .444 0.4 1.2 .327 1.5 3.0 .491 0.9 1.1 .742 1.0 1.9 2.9 0.5 0.3 0.6 1.0 2.1 5.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amanda Zahui B.: U women's basketball's marvelous mystery". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  2. ^ "Gophers women's basketball adds 6-5 Swedish center Amanda Zahui B." Twin Cities. 2012-05-09. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  3. ^ Watch Minnesota's Amanda Zahui B.'s record-setting night in win over Iowa
  4. ^ "NCAA Statistics". web1.ncaa.org. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  5. ^ Jewell Loyd and Amanda Zahui B. Are Top Two Picks in W.N.B.A Draft - The New York Times
  6. ^ Amanda Zahui will pull Nadezhda up (in Russian)
  7. ^ The Nadezhda's basketball player changes family (in Russian)
  8. ^ The family of the Russian Basketball rising star was changed (in Russian)
  9. ^ Basketball reference site

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