|No. 75 – Tokyo Excellence|
|Born||June 21, 1991|
|Nationality||Maltese / Italian|
|Listed height||7 ft 6.5 in (2.30 m)|
|Listed weight||255 lb (116 kg)|
|2011–2012||→CUS Bari Pallacanestro|
|2016||Niagara River Lions|
|2018–2019||Hong Kong Eastern|
|2019||CEB Puerto Montt|
|2019–2020||San Miguel Alab Pilipinas|
|Career highlights and awards|
Samuel Deguara is a Maltese professional basketball player who last played for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas of the ASEAN Basketball League. He is the tallest man in Italy and Malta. 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).
Beginnings in Italy
Deguara began his professional career after signing a nine-year contract with Benetton Treviso, breaking through the club's youth ranks. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
Return to Malta
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.
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.
Shortly after his stint in Malaysia, Deguara was signed by another Southeast Asian club, PEA, of Thailand.
National team career
Deguara is the tallest player on the Malta national basketball team, and has been in the national set-up since he was 14. 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.
Despite his imposing stature and immense size, he is considered a good rebounder and an effective passer from the post.
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