December 30, 1977 |
|Nationality||Lebanese / American|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||209 lb (95 kg)|
|High school||Highland Park
(University Park, Texas)
|NBA draft||2001 / Undrafted|
Brian Anthony Beshara (Feghali) (born 30 December 1977) is a former Lebanese basketball player. Beshara was also a member of the Lebanese national basketball team. At 6'8", he was Lebanon's starting forward and played an important role on both the offensive and defensive sides. His former LSU coach John Brady describes him as follows:"Brian Beshara is a good basketball player. He's tough. He's competitive. He believes in what he's doing."
College and Club Basketball
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After his career at LSU, Brian Beshara opted to play basketball in Lebanon. In 2001, he joined Lebanese Champions and Arab and Asian Club Champions Sagesse Beirut (Hekmeh), where he teamed up with local stars such as Fadi El Khatib and Elie Mchantaf and played under National Coach Ghassan Sarkis.
Following a two-year spell at Hekmeh BC (also known as Sagesse), Beshara left for the recently formed Lebanese club, Blue Stars, where he played for a couple of years during which he was limited with various injuries. After Blue Stars, Beshara rejoined his former coach, Sarkis, for the 2005/2006 season, with his new team, Champville. Beshara served as team captain while with Champville. Following a disagreement with the club's management, Beshara left Champville and found himself without a team for the 2006/2007 season, as Champville refused to free him from his contract and let him join league champions Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut.
Beshara is currently a real estate developer and broker based in New Orleans with projects in Little Rock and Birmingham.
National Team Basketball
Below are some recent statistics for his performance with the national team.
|FIBA Asia Championship for Men 2007||8.1||5.4||0.3|
|FIBA World Championship 2006||9.8||4.6||2|
One of the highest achievements realized by the Lebanese national basketball team was their 74–73 victory over the French national basketball team on August 23, 2006 during the 2006 World Championship in Sendai, Japan. In the game, Beshara scored 11 points and led the team with 8 rebounds.