Pape Sow

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Pape Sow
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Pape Sow playing for Raptors
Personal information
Born (1981-11-22) November 22, 1981 (age 36)
Dakar, Senegal
Nationality Senegalese
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College Chaffey CC (2000–2001)
Cal State Fullerton (2001–2004)
NBA draft 2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Playing career 2004–2014
Position Power forward
Career history
2004–2005 Toronto Raptors
2005–2006 Arkansas RimRockers
20062007 Toronto Raptors
2007–2008 Asseco Prokom Gdynia
2009 Olimpia Milano
2009 Asseco Prokom Gdynia
2010 Meridiano Alicante
2010–2011 Caja Laboral
2011 Joventut Badalona
2011–2012 Mahram Tehran BC
2012–2013 Amchit Club
2013 Ferrol CB
2013 Manama
2014 Al Ahli Bahrein
Career highlights and awards

Pape Sow (pronounced Pop So) (born November 22, 1981) is a Senegalese former professional basketball player who has played for the Toronto Raptors of the NBA and for several European and Asian teams.[1][2]

College career[edit]

Sow is fluent in three different languages, English, French, and his native Wolof. Sow attended college at California State University, Fullerton, in California, United States, where he was named 2nd Team All-Big West Conference in 2002.

Pro career[edit]

Sow was drafted by the Miami Heat in the second round, 47th selection, of the 2004 NBA Draft. The draft rights to Sow were acquired by the Toronto Raptors (along with a 2005 second round pick from the Heat) for the draft rights to center Albert Miralles, the 39th overall pick.[3]

Sow played his NBA rookie season for the Raptors and showed considerable promise with his athleticism and aggressiveness in the paint although only netting 2.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.1 assists per game.

After missing the entire 2005-06 pre-season play with a groin injury and playing one game with Toronto in the regular season, he was assigned to the Arkansas RimRockers of the D-League on November 20, 2005,[3][4] with whom he wowed fans by posting a 40-point, 14-rebound performance on November 27 in a 112-102 road win against the Fort Worth Flyers.[5] In a 108-101 win against the Austin Toros on December 23, Sow scored an outstanding double-double of 27 points and a D-League season-high 24 rebounds.[6]

On January 18, 2006, Sow was called up to the Raptors by then-general manager Rob Babcock. Initially, head coach Sam Mitchell said in a radio interview that "I have no minutes for Pape Sow. We have no injuries. He's going to practice with us, he's going to be with the team. But I have no minutes for (Sow)."[7] However, due to a shoulder injury to center Rafael Araujo (who also suffered from poor play prior to the injury), Sow was able to get regular playing time.

On the first day of the 2006 Summer League season, Sow broke a vertebra during practice after driving to the hoop and falling to the ground while colliding with a teammate. Sow returned to action on January 22, 2007, playing the final 3 minutes and scoring 3 points in a game against the Charlotte Bobcats.[8]

Sow signed with Armani Jeans (Olimpia Milano) in July 2008,[1] and later he returned to Asseco Prokom Gdynia for the 2009-10 season. He parted ways with Gdynia in December 2009.[9]

In January 2010, Sow signed a contract with Meridiano Alicante in Spain,[10] but the contract was terminated by mutual consent in December 2010.[11] He then signed a temporary contract with Caja Laboral.[12]

In 2012, he signed with Amchit of Lebanon.[13]


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