Samuel Deguara

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Samuel Deguara
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No. 75 – Tokyo Excellence
Personal information
Born (1991-06-21) June 21, 1991 (age 29)
Pietà, Malta
NationalityMaltese / Italian
Listed height7 ft 6.5 in (2.30 m)
Listed weight255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
Playing career2007–present
Career history
2007–2010Pallacanestro Treviso
2010–2011→BVO Caorle
2011–2012CUS Bari Pallacanestro
2012–2013Pallacanestro Reggiana
2013–2014BUPA Luxol
2014Viten Getafe
2014–2015Fundacion Fuenlabrada
2015Erie BayHawks
2016Niagara River Lions
2017BUPA Luxol
2018Mono Vampire
2018–2019Hong Kong Eastern
2019CEB Puerto Montt
2019–2020San Miguel Alab Pilipinas
2020–presentTokyo Excellence
Career highlights and awards
Men's Basketball
Representing  Malta
FIBA Europe U-18 Championship Division C
Gold medal – first place 2009 Valletta Team
Representing  Malta
FIBA European Championship for Small Countries
Gold medal – first place 2018 San Marino Team
Silver medal – second place 2014 Gibraltar Team
Silver medal – second place 2010 Valletta Team
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Serravale Team

Samuel Deguara is a Maltese professional basketball player who last played for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas of the ASEAN Basketball League.[1][2][3] He is the tallest man in Italy and Malta.[4] Standing at 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m), Deguara is currently the joint-third tallest active basketball player in the world, sharing the spot with Montenegrin Slavko Vraneš and is only surpassed by Sun Ming Ming at 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m) and Paul Sturgess, at 7 ft 7 in (2.31 m).

Professional career[edit]

Beginnings in Italy[edit]

Deguara began his professional career after signing a nine-year contract with Benetton Treviso, breaking through the club's youth ranks.[5] After three years, Deguara was loaned to fellow Italian sides BVO Caorle and CUS Bari Pallacanestro over the course of the next two years. The following season, he played for Pallacanestro Reggiana in the Serie A, playing a single game against Armani Milano.


After an injury-plagued spell in Italy, Deguara decided to return to his native Malta, signing up for BUPO Luxal for the 2013–2014 season.[6] It was a successful stint for Deguara, where he averaged 29.5 points and 21.4 rebounds per game there.


After his stint in his native country, Deguara set out to Spain to continue his basketball career. He first played for Viten Getafe, scoring 5 points and 6 rebounds in 10 minutes of action.[7] After Getafe, Deguara continued his stint in Spain, playing for Fuenlabrada and also for its reserve team. Deguara also played for Ferrol, where he tallied 17 points, 17 rebounds and 3 rebounds in his debut and averaged 15.0 points and 11.0 rebounds a game.[8]

North America[edit]

Deguara continued his basketball career in America, where he was selected 98th overall in the sixth round by the Erie Bayhawks in the 2015 NBA Development League Draft. However, Deguara did not play a single game for the BayHawks.

Deguara was then signed by newly-formed NBL Canada side Niagara River Lions.[9][10] Despite his much-publicized and highly hyped signing with the Canadian club, he was largely absent from the team's debut campaign in the NBLC, playing in only 3 games, playing a total of 7 minutes and scoring only 2 points in all games.[11]


Deguara signed a contract with Lithuanian side BC Šilutė, playing in the Lithuanian second tier, the NKL.[12]

Return to Malta[edit]

Deguara returned to his native Malta for the second time, again playing for BUPA Luxol, where he led the club to its 13th Maltese championship, where they swept fellow Maltese club Floriana MCP Car Parks in a best-of-five series.[13]

Southeast Asia[edit]

Deguara headed to Asia for the first time in his career, where he signed with Malaysian NBL side Farmcochem, winning the Malaysia Pro League title in his only season with the club, scoring 24 points and 24 rebounds in the championship game against the KL Dragons.[14]

Shortly after his stint in Malaysia, Deguara was signed by another Southeast Asian club, PEA, of Thailand.

In January 2018, Deguara was signed by another Thai club and ASEAN Basketball League side Mono Vampire, where he replaced Reggie Johnson, who left the team due to personal reasons.[15][16]

Deguara returned to the Southeast Asian league with San Miguel Alab Pilipinas, replacing Adrian Forbes as the team's third import.[1]

National team career[edit]

Deguara is the tallest player on the Malta national basketball team, and has been in the national set-up since he was 14.[4] Deguara was also part of the Malta national team that won the Division C of the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship on home soil in 2009, where he averaged 27.2 points and 23.8 rebounds per game. Deguara also played for the medal-winning teams of Malta that took part in the 2010, 2012 and 2014 European Championships for Small Countries, winning bronze, another bronze and silver medals, respectively, in these events.

In 2018, he helped Malta to win the tournament and achieved the MVP title. He accomplished this all while not starting a single game in the tournament.

Playing style[edit]

Despite his imposing stature and immense size, he is considered a good rebounder and an effective passer from the post.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Deguara wears US size 24 (43 cm) shoes (size 60 EU).[citation needed] Deguara is multilingual, speaking Italian, English, and Maltese fluently.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Leongson, Randolph B. (December 5, 2019). "Giant boost as Alab signs 7-foot-4 Sam Deguara as new import". Retrieved December 5, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "NBL: Niagara River Lions signs 7-foot-5 big man Samuel Deguara".
  3. ^ "Silute lands Samuel Deguara".
  4. ^ a b Riches, Sam (9 February 2016). "Samuel Deguara is 7'5, Unemployed, And Looking For A Basketball Home". Vice Sports. Retrieved 13 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Nilsen, Paul (11 May 2010). "MALTA'S DEGUARA AIMS FOR NEXT LEVEL". FIBA Europe. Retrieved 20 June 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Colin Schembri (31 December 2013). "Bupa Luxol sign Samuel Deguara". Sport in Malta. Retrieved 14 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "El techo del baloncesto español juega en el Viten Getafe" [The roof of Spanish basketball plays at Viten Getafe]. (in Spanish). Spain. Retrieved 14 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "International Hoopster Samuel Deguara Joins River Lions". Retrieved 14 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "NBL: Niagara River Lions signs 7-foot-5 big man Samuel Deguara". Retrieved 14 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ Zelkovic, Chris (7 January 2016). "7-foot-5 Maltese basketball player hopes Canadian experience pays off". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 14 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Samuel Deguara Player Profile, Niagara River Lions, International Stats, Game Logs, Awards - Real GM
  12. ^ Silute lands Samuel Deguara
  13. ^ Stewart, Said (23 April 2017). "BUPA Luxol Champions għat-13-il darba" [BUPA Luxol Champions for the 13th time]. NET News (in Maltese). Retrieved 14 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Kng Zheng Guan (30 October 2017). "Farmco's Guga and Ban Sin snuff out Dragons' fire in MPL final". The Star. Retrieved 14 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Samuel Deguara (ex Farmcochem) signs at Mono Vampire". Retrieved 14 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Mono Vampire Upsizes, Replaces Reggie Johnson with Samuel Deguara". Retrieved 14 January 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "Samuel Deguara".