Omar Samhan

Omar Samhan
Omar Samhan
Samhan (center)
BC Žalgiris
Personal information
Date of birth November 3, 1988 (1988-11-03) (age 23)
Place of birth San Ramon, California, USA
Nationality American
High school San Ramon Valley
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 268 lb (122 kg)
Career information
College Saint Mary's
NBA Draft 2010 / Undrafted
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
BC Žalgiris (2010–present)
Career highlights and awards
AP 2010 NCAA All-American Honorable Mention
Stats at

Omar Samhan (born November 3, 1988) is an American professional basketball center for the Žalgiris Kaunas of the Euroleague. Formerly, Samhan played college basketball for the St. Mary's Gaels, where he was a 2010 All-American honorable mention,[1] and played for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA's summer league. Samhan attended San Ramon Valley High School.


College career

Samhan is a former college basketball player for the St. Mary's Gaels.[1] He played center for the team, and, after scoring 61 points in two NCAA tournament victories,[1] including 32 points in a win over Villanova,[2] he had been called the "dominant player/personality" of the opening rounds of the 2010 tournament.[3] Samhan was named to the 2010 All-American list as an Honorable mention as a result for his efforts in the regular season and the tournament.

Professional career

Samhan played for the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Summer League in 2010 but did not make the final roster.[4] Samhan instead signed with Žalgiris Kaunas for 2010–2012 and has an option to prolong the contract for one more year.[5]


At Saint Mary's, Samhan was a communications major and stated that he wishes to become a broadcaster after he concludes his basketball career.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Kroner, Steve (March 22, 2010), "Gaels' big man Samhan is always drawing a crowd", The San Francisco Chronicle,, retrieved March 22, 2010 
  2. ^ a b Thamel, Pete (March 20, 2010), "St. Mary’s Knocks Out Villanova", The New York Times,, retrieved March 22, 2010 
  3. ^ Ratto, Ray (March 22, 2010), Huskies carrying crown for Cinderella stories into Sweet 16,;coverlist_footer, retrieved March 22, 2010 
  4. ^ NBA Summer League Rosters - Vegas
  5. ^ "ZALGIRIS adds size with Omar Samhan". Retrieved 2010-07-16. 

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