Omar Samhan

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Omar Samhan
Samhan (center) in 2010
No. 50 – Shiga Lakestars
Position Center
League B.League
Personal information
Born (1988-11-03) November 3, 1988 (age 29)
Oakland, California
Nationality American / Egyptian
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 268 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school San Ramon Valley
(Danville, California)
College Saint Mary's (2006–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2011 Žalgiris
2012 Tropang Texters
2013 ratiopharm Ulm
2013–2014 Alexandria Sporting Club
2014–2015 Texas Legends
2015–2016 Townsville Crocodiles
2016 Atléticos de San Germán
2016–2017 Leuven Bears
2017 Santeros de Aguada
2017–present Shiga Lakestars
Career highlights and awards

Omar Hassan Samhan (born November 3, 1988) is an American-Egyptian professional basketball player for Shiga Lakestars of the Japanese B.League. He played college basketball for Saint Mary's College of California where he was an honorable mention All-American in 2010. In 2011, Samhan joined the Egypt national basketball team.[1]

College career[edit]

In his freshman season at Saint Mary's, Samhan was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshmen team and was a Freshman All-American selection by He played in all 32 games including seven starts and was the team's third highest scorer and second highest rebounder, averaged 9.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.[2]

In his sophomore season, Samhan earned honorable mention All-WCC honors after starting every game and scoring in double figures 18 times. He finished third on the team in scoring (10.5 ppg) and second in rebounds (7.3 rpg).[2]

In his junior season, Samhan earned first-team All-WCC honors after finishing 10th in the conference in scoring and third in rebounds and was second on the team in scoring (14.1 ppg) and rebounds (9.4 rpg). He also ranked 29th in the country in rebounds per game and 40th in the nation with 2.0 blocks per game.[2]

In his senior season, Samhan scored 61 points in two NCAA tournament victories,[3] including 32 points in a win over Villanova.[4] He earned first-team All-WCC honors for the second straight year and was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year. He also earned Associated Press honorable mention All-American honors after leading the WCC during the regular season in scoring (21.5 ppg), rebounds (11.1 rpg) and blocks (2.9 bpg).[2]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft, Samhan joined the Dallas Mavericks for the 2010 NBA Summer League.[5] On July 16, 2010, he signed a two-year deal (with the option of a third) with Žalgiris of the Lithuanian Basketball League.[6] He left Žalgiris after just one season.

On December 13, 2011, Samhan signed with the Houston Rockets.[7] However, he was later waived by the Rockets on December 19.[8]

In February 2012, Samhan signed with the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters of the Philippine Basketball Association.[9] He left later that month after appearing in just two games.

In February 2013, Samhan signed with ratiopharm Ulm of Germany for the rest of the 2012–13 season.[10] In June 2013, he parted ways with Ulm.[11]

In the summer of 2013, Samhan signed with the Alexandria Sporting Club for the 2013–14 Egyptian Basketball Premier League season.

On July 20, 2014, Samhan signed with King Wilki Morskie of Poland for the 2014–15 season.[12] However, his contract was later terminated by the club on September 9, 2014.[13] On November 3, 2014, Samhan was acquired by the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.[14] On March 13, 2015, he was waived by the Legends after appearing in 18 games.[15] On April 4, he was acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders,[15] closing out the season with the team. However, he didn't play for them.

On December 9, 2015, Samham signed with the Townsville Crocodiles for the rest of the 2015–16 NBL season.[16] He made his debut for the Crocodiles the following day, recording 10 points and 6 rebounds off the bench in a 101–100 win over the Adelaide 36ers.[17] In 12 games for the Crocodiles, he averaged 13.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. Following the conclusion of the NBL season, he snubbed both the NW Tasmania Thunder[18][19] and Taranaki Mountainairs[20][21] to sign in Puerto Rico with Atléticos de San Germán for the 2016 BSN season.[22][23]

On September 15, 2016, Samhan snubbed Trabzonspor Medical Park [24] to sign in Belgium with Leuven Bears of Scooore League for 2016-2017 season .[25] In March 2017, he parted ways with Leuven.[26]

On April 2,2017, Samhan signed with Puerto rican side Santeros de Aguada.[27] .On June 2017 he was replaced by the Brazilian Rafael Hettsheimeir.[28]

On July 23,2017, Samhan signed with the Japanese team Shiga Lakestars.[29]


Samhan, of Egyptian and Irish descent,[1] is the son of Marianne and Hasaan Samhan and is the youngest of three children; he has an older sister, Katie, and an older brother, John.[2] Samhan is Muslim.[30]


  1. ^ a b Inman, Cam (February 14, 2011). "Former Saint Mary's star Omar Samhan to join Egyptian national team". Contra Costa Times. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "#50 Omar Samhan". Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ Kroner, Steve (March 22, 2010), "Gaels' big man Samhan is always drawing a crowd", The San Francisco Chronicle, retrieved March 22, 2010 
  4. ^ Thamel, Pete (March 20, 2010), "St. Mary's Knocks Out Villanova", The New York Times, retrieved March 22, 2010 
  5. ^ NBA Summer League Rosters - Vegas
  6. ^ "ZALGIRIS adds size with Samhan, keeps Watson". July 16, 2010. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Rockets Add Camp Invitees Samhan & Saunders". December 13, 2011. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rockets Waive Jaaber and Samhan". December 19, 2011. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ Bolante, Mikkel (February 16, 2012). "Samhan to love: Former US NCAA star ready to lead Talk 'N Text title defense". Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Omar Samhan signs with Ratiopharm Ulm". February 21, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Omar Samhan, Ulm part ways". June 26, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ "King Wilki Morskie signs Omar Samhan". July 20, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  13. ^ Wolski, Wiktor (September 9, 2014). "Omar Samhan nie zagra w Wilkach Morskich". (in Polish). Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Training Camp Roster". November 3, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b NBA D-League 2014-15 Transactions
  17. ^ Crocodiles vs 36ers
  18. ^ Thunder sign Omar Samhan for 2016
  19. ^ Samhan turns back on Coast for NZ
  20. ^ Omar Samhan signed post NBL deal in New Zealand
  21. ^ Taranaki Mountain Airs snare Townsville Croc for 2016 season
  22. ^ Atléticos firman al pívot Omar Samhan (in Spanish)
  23. ^ Import Setback For Taranaki Mountain Airs
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  25. ^ David Pick [@IAmDPick] (15 September 2016). "Told Omar Samhan decided against going to Trabzonapor and signed with Leuven Bears, deal includes outs" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
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  30. ^ Ghilarducci, Teresa (March 22, 2010). "The Final Four and American Greatness". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 14 March 2017. 

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