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Omar Samhan
Position: C
Class: -
School: Saint Mary's
Conference: West Coast
HT: 6'11"
WT: 260
Biography: There may not have been a bigger story in the first weekend of the NCAA tournament than Samhan, the senior center who dominated Richmond and Villanova in sending Saint Mary's to an unlikely berth in the South regional semifinals. There was little national discussion of Samhan as an NBA prospect prior to those performances, but the 6-foot-11 center certainly offers some pro potential. He improved each season from the time he stepped on campus, and lost 60 pounds from his frame as a 320-pound freshman before being named the West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Samhan still has a wide frame and knows how to use it in the post, and once he gets the ball on the block, he offers a wide array of moves made possible by his outstanding footwork. He's patient and has good mechanics, and he developed range to 12 or 15 feet as a junior and senior. He's also a strong free-throw shooter and good rebounder, though he's prone to foul trouble because of his lack of quickness and mobility down low. Samhan will struggle if he's thrust into an up-tempo game that requires him to run the floor, but if he ends up with a team that utilizes regular half-court sets, he could fit in as a rotation player. Samhan likely won't ever be an NBA starter because of his lack of athleticism, but the intelligence and fundamental skill he brings offensively could get him a look sometime late in the second round.

Damian Strohmeyer/SI
2009 Statistics
PPG FG% RPG APG FT%
21.3 55.3 10.9 1.0 72.7
 
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