Mouhamed Sene

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Mouhamed Sene
Free agent
Position Center
Personal information
Born (1986-05-12) May 12, 1986 (age 30)
Thiès, Senegal
Nationality Senegalese
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 237 lb (108 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2006 Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium)
20062009 Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder
2007–2008 Idaho Stampede (D-League)
2009 Albuquerque Thunderbirds (D-League)
2009 New York Knicks
2009–2010 Toulon Basket (France)
2010–2011 BCM Gravelines Dunkerque (France)
2011–2013 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain)
2013 Sharks Antibes (France)
2015–2016 Austin Spurs (D-League)
Career highlights and awards

Mouhamed Saer Sene (born May 12, 1986) is a Senegalese professional basketball player who last played for the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League. He had a 7 ft 8½ in (2.35 m) wingspan.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Born and raised in Thiès, Senegal, Sene originally went to a private school to become a mechanic, but his father pushed him toward basketball.[2] In 2003, he joined the SEED Academy, a program designed to send Senegalese youths to the United States to play college basketball.[3]

Between 2004 and 2005, Sene attended two Reebok Eurocamps in Treviso, Italy, participated in the Berlin Adidas Camp, played exhibition games against NCAA teams with the Interhoop African All-Stars touring team, and played in Belgium for the Spirou Basket junior squad.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Verviers-Pepinster (2005–2006)[edit]

Sene's first professional season came in 2005–06, when he joined VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster of the Belgian League. He appeared in 25 games for Verviers-Pepinster, averaging 4.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 12.3 minutes per game.[4]

NBA (2006–2009)[edit]

2006–07 season[edit]

On June 28, 2006, Sene was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 10th overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft.[5] He played sparingly for the SuperSonics over the first two months of the 2006–07 season, managing to appear in just 16 games by early January. On January 10, 2007, he was assigned to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League,[6] a stint which lasted until January 26. In his first game back for the SuperSonics on January 28, he scored a season-high 10 points in 12 minutes off the bench against the Los Angeles Clippers. He was later reassigned to Idaho on February 3 and spent the majority of the month of February in the D-League. He finished his rookie season playing in nine games over March and April, totalling 28 games for the SuperSonics in 2006–07.[7]

2007–08 season[edit]

Sene returned to the SuperSonics for the 2007–08 season but managed just 13 games for the entire season. He spent the majority of his time in the D-League playing for the Idaho Stampede, earning D-League Defensive Player of the Year honors alongside Stephane Lasme at season's end.[8] In 28 games for Idaho in 2007–08, Sene averaged 12.1 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 27.5 minutes per game.

2008–09 season[edit]

With the SuperSonics' relocation to Oklahoma City in 2008, Sene continued on with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008–09. Due to off-season knee surgery, Sene missed the start of the regular season.[9] He played in five games for the Thunder during November 2008, but following this, he did not play in another game for the team.[10] On February 19, 2009, Sene was waived by the Thunder.[11]

On March 11, 2009, Sene was acquired by the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA D-League. He played in 10 games for the Thunderbirds before being called up to the NBA by the New York Knicks, signing a rest-of-season contract with the team on April 9.[12] He managed just one game for the Knicks over the final week of the regular season, and on July 31, he was waived by the team.[13]

France (2009–2011)[edit]

On September 26, 2009, Sene signed with Hyères-Toulon Var Basket of the LNB Pro A.[14] He appeared in 29 games for Hyères-Toulon in 2009–10, averaging 12.4 points, a league-best 11.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

On June 12, 2010, Sene signed a two-year deal with Spirou Basket, the team he launched his career with in 2004.[15] He later left the club before appearing in a game for them, and on November 21, 2010, he signed with French club BCM Gravelines Dunkerque for the rest of the season.[16] In 25 league games for Gravelines in 2010–11, he averaged 10.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

Spain (2011–2013)[edit]

On August 16, 2011, Sene signed a two-year deal with Baloncesto Fuenlabrada of the Liga ACB.[17] He sustained an injury in January 2012, which forced him to sit out the remainder of the season. He appeared in 15 league games for Fuenlabrada in 2011–12, averaging 6.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.

Sene returned to Fuenlabrada in 2012–13, playing in 30 games and averaging 5.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.

Second stint in France (2013)[edit]

On July 30, 2013, Sene signed a two-year deal with French club Sharks Antibes.[18] A knee injury suffered in October forced Sene to miss the rest of the season.[19] He appeared in just three games for Antibes, averaging 8.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game.

Austin Spurs (2015–2016)[edit]

On March 18, 2015, Sene was acquired by the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.[20] In 13 games (seven regular season, six playoff) for the Spurs in 2014–15, he averaged 6.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

On February 26, 2016, Sene was reacquired by Austin.[21] On March 22, he was waived by the Spurs. He made just one appearance for the team, recording two points and three rebounds in 16 minutes on March 6 against the Idaho Stampede.[22]

NBA 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  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Seattle 28 3 6.0 .367 .000 .586 1.6 .0 .1 .4 1.9
2007–08 Seattle 13 0 4.8 .458 .000 .471 1.2 .1 .0 .5 2.3
2008–09 Oklahoma City 5 0 4.6 .714 .000 .778 1.8 .0 .2 .4 3.4
2008–09 New York 1 0 6.0 .500 .000 1.000 5.0 .0 .0 1.0 3.0
Career 47 3 5.5 .427 .000 .589 1.6 .0 .1 .5 2.2

National team career[edit]

Sene first played for the Senegal national basketball team during the 2013 AfroBasket. The following year, he missed out on the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup due to the knee injury sustained while playing for Sharks Antibes.[23] He returned to the national team for the 2015 AfroBasket.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saer Sene, Stats, Comparisons, and Outlook". DraftExpress.com. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Prospect Profile: Saer Sene". NBA.com. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  3. ^ Chan, Lorne (May 13, 2015). "Planting Seeds With Boris". NBA.com. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Saer SENE | Season 2005/2006". FIBA.com. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ Diaz, John (March 24, 2015). "Austin Spurs Acquire Mouhamed Saer Sene". spursonsixth.com. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Sonics assign center Mouhamed Sene to Idaho Stampede". OurSportsCentral.com. January 10, 2007. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Mouhamed Sene 2006-07 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Stephane Lasme and Mouhamed Sene Named Co-Defensive Players of the Year". NBA.com. April 10, 2008. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Mouhamed Sene Fantasy Stats". RotoWire.com. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Mouhamed Sene 2008-09 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Thunder Acquires Thabo Sefolosha". NBA.com. February 19, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Knicks sign Mouhamed Sene". InsideHoops.com. April 9, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2013. 
  13. ^ Kerber, Fred (August 1, 2009). "KNICKS TO TALK TO POINT GUARD WILLIAMS". NYPost.com. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Hyeres-Toulon goes big with Sene". Sportando.com. September 26, 2009. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Charleroi tabs Mouhamed Saer Sene at center". Euroleague.net. June 12, 2010. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Sene signe à Gravelines". lequipe.fr (in French). November 21, 2010. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Fuenlabrada announces Saer Sene". Sportando.com. August 16, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Mouhamed Saer Sene in Antibes". LNB.fr (in French). July 30, 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Antibes big man Saer Sene done for the season?". Sportando.com. October 25, 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  20. ^ "AUSTIN SPURS ACQUIRE MOUHAMED SAER SENE". NBA.com. March 18, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Austin Spurs Acquire Mouhamed Sene". NBA.com. February 26, 2016. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Austin Spurs Waive Mouhamed Sene". NBA.com. March 22, 2016. Retrieved March 22, 2016. 
  23. ^ "SEN - Sarr: "I think I made the right choices"". FIBA.com. July 17, 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Saer Sene – FIBA Archive". FIBA.com. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 

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