Sammy Mejía

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Sammy Mejía
No. 9 – Tofaş S.K.
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League Turkish Basketball Super League
Personal information
Born (1983-02-07) February 7, 1983 (age 35)
The Bronx, New York
Nationality Dominican / American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Theodore Roosevelt
(the Bronx, New York)
College DePaul (2003–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2008 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2008 Pierrel Capo d'Orlando
2008–2009 AEL 1964 GS
2009–2011 Cholet Basket
2011–2012 CSKA Moscow
2012–2015 Banvit
2015–present Tofaş
Career highlights and awards

Samuel José Mejía (born February 7, 1983) is a Dominican American professional basketball player who plays for Tofaş of the Turkish Basketball Super League (BSL). He played college basketball at DePaul University. Standing at 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), he plays at the shooting guard and small forward positions.

Amateur career[edit]

Mejía attended Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx. He was there from 1997 to 2000 and led the Rough Riders basketball team to the PSAL's "B" division championship in 2000.[1]

Mejía left there to attend the Storm King School, Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, from which he graduated. He was coached there by Kevin Houston who led the nation in scoring in 1986–87.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Mejía was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 2007 NBA draft, with the 57th overall pick.[3] The Pistons waived Mejía on October 29, 2007.[4] In 2007–08, he briefly played with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA D-League.[5] On January 30, 2008, he signed with the Italian club Pierrel Capo d'Orlando, for the rest of the season.[6]

Mejía signed with the Greek League club AEL 1964 GS for the 2008–09 season,[7] where he averaged 14.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 20 Greek League games.[8]

On September 29, 2009, Mejía moved to France and signed a one-year deal with Cholet Basket.[8] On July 1, 2010, he re-signed with Cholet for one more season.[9] During the 2010–11 EuroLeague, Meija was named the EuroLeague MVP of the 5th week games.[10] He was named the 2011 French League Foreign MVP, and was selected to play at the 2010 LNB All-Star Game, as a forward in the starting line-up of the "Foreign" team, at Paris-Bercy, representing Cholet Basket.[11]

On June 22, 2011 he signed a two-year contract with the Russian club CSKA Moscow.[12] On June 22, 2012, he parted ways with CSKA.[13] The next day, he signed a contract with the Turkish club Banvit.[14]

On January 7, 2015, in a EuroCup away game against Budućnost Podgorica, he was involved in an incident. With two minutes of game remaining, a hooligan ran onto the court and hit him from the back, after which his teammate Rowland punched the hooligan. Mejía later joined Rowland in the brawl. Referees later ejected both players from the court.[15] He was fined by the Euroleague Basketball organization for taking part in the incident, with three games of suspension, and a 30,000-euro fine.[16] On April 16, 2015, he was named to the All-EuroCup First Team.[17]

On August 13, 2015, Mejia signed with Tofaş.[18]


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