Lorenzo Mata

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Lorenzo Mata
Lorenzo Mata, UCLA Bruins Basketball, 2008.jpg
No. 14 – Toros de Nuevo Laredo
Position Center
League Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional
Personal information
Born (1986-07-08) July 8, 1986 (age 30)
Huntington Park, California
Nationality American / Mexican
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school South Gate (South Gate, California)
College UCLA (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2010 Halcones UV Xalapa
2010 Caballeros de Culiacán
2010–2012 Halcones UV Xalapa
2012 Pioneros de Quintana Roo
2012–2013 Halcones UV Xalapa
2013 Piratas de Quebradillas
2013–present Halcones UV Xalapa

Lorenzo Mata-Real (born July 8, 1986) is an American-born of Mexican descent professional basketball player in Mexico's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP).[1] He was the center for the UCLA Bruins men's basketball team from 2004–05 until 2007–08, and was an important part of their final four runs in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

High school[edit]

Mata averaged 25.0 points and 15.0 rebounds in his senior season.[2] He led the South Gate Rams to an 18–8 overall record, an unbeaten Eastern League mark and one playoff victory. In the L.A. City Sectional quarterfinal game, future UCLA teammate Josh Shipp's Fairfax High School team defeated South Gate 89–85. In his junior year he led South Gate to their first playoff victory in 11 years.

UCLA career[edit]

Mata was recruited by Ben Howland along with Jordan Farmar, Josh Shipp, and Arron Afflalo to attend UCLA. These four led UCLA to the Final Four in back to back seasons (2005–2006, 2006–2007). As of the 2006–2007 season Mata had a career average of 4.6 points and 4.4 rebounds a game. His stats improved each year at UCLA, scoring 6.7 points and pulling down 5.5 rebounds while shooting 67% from the floor during his junior year. In his senior season he added his mother's last name (Real) to his jersey.

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2008 NBA draft, Mata tried out for a team in the Japanese pro league. He then signed onto the Los Angeles Lakers summer league team in order to make a name for himself among NBA scouts. Mata has been playing in the LNBP for the Halcones de Xalapa[3][4] and is currently playing for the Mexico National Team,[5][6] Piratas de Quebradillas, with whom he won the 2013 BSN Championship.

In 2013, Mata helped lead Mexico to victory in the Gold medal game against Puerto Rico at the FIBA Americas Championship.

Pan American Games[edit]

  • Pan American Games 2011 Silver Medal Med 2.png

FIBA Americas Championship[edit]

  • FIBA Americas Championship 2013 Gold Medal Med 1.png

Centrobasket[edit]

  • Centrobasket 2016 Silver Medal Med 2.png

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