Sammy Mejía

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Sammy Mejía
No. 9 – Tofaş S.K.
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueTurkish Basketball Super League
EuroCup
Personal information
Born (1983-02-07) February 7, 1983 (age 36)
The Bronx, New York
NationalityDominican / American
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High schoolTheodore Roosevelt
(the Bronx, New York)
CollegeDePaul (2003–2007)
NBA draft2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career2007–present
Career history
2007–2008Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2008Pierrel Capo d'Orlando
2008–2009AEL 1964 GS
2009–2011Cholet Basket
2011–2012CSKA Moscow
2012–2015Banvit
2015–presentTofaş
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]

National team career[edit]

Mejía has been a member of the senior Dominican Republic national basketball team. He played at the 2007 CBC Championship.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ROOSEVELT’S MEJIA CAN’T HIDE
  2. ^ Graham, Bryan Armen (November 9, 2006). "Before Keydren, Diminutive Houston Was Scoring King". CSTV Networks, Inc. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  3. ^ Pistons Sign Second-Round Pick Sammy Mejia
  4. ^ Pistons waive Sammy Mejia
  5. ^ Sammy Mejia D-League Stats
  6. ^ Sammy Mejia sbarca lunedì a Capo d'Orlando (in Italian)
  7. ^ AEL is aiming for Sammy Mejía
  8. ^ a b CHOLET BASKET signs Mejia, Eitutavicius
  9. ^ Cholet brings back Mejia, Falker & Robinson
  10. ^ Sportingbet Week 5 MVP: Sammy Mejia, Cholet Basket
  11. ^ Les sélections (in French)
  12. ^ CSKA brings aboard scorer Mejia
  13. ^ CSKA Moscow and Sammy Mejia part ways
  14. ^ Banvit BK lands Mejia
  15. ^ "Igrači tukli huligana u Morači!". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  16. ^ "ULEB odredio kazne za tuču u Morači". b92.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  17. ^ 2014-15 All-Eurocup first, second teams announced
  18. ^ "Togas Bursa Announces Sammy Mejia". Sportando. 2015-08-14. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  19. ^ Sammy MEJIA (DOM).

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