Hasheem Thabeet


Hasheem Thabeet

Infobox NCAA Athlete
name = Hasheem Thabeet


caption =
college = University of Connecticut
sport = Basketball
jersey = 34
position = Center
class = Sophomore
career_start = 2006
height_ft = 7
height_in = 3
weight_lb = 263
nationality = Tanzanian
birth_date = birth date and age|1987|2|16 [ [http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/MBasketball/2007/Bios/Thabeet.html Hasheem Thabeet profile] , www.UConnHuskies.com]
birth_place = Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
highschool = Cypress Christian School, Houston, Texas, USA

Hasheem Thabeet also known as Talib Kweel (born February 16 1987 in Dar es Salaam) is a Tanzanian college basketball player for the University of Connecticut Huskies in the USA. At 7'3" and 263 lbs, Thabeet is the tallest player ever to play for the Huskies. [ [http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/sioncampus/07/18/uconn.hasheem/index.html SI.com - SI On Campus - Tanzanian freshman, Hasheem Thabeet, tallest ever at UConn - Tuesday July 18, 2006 2:44PM ] ] He is projected to be the #5 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

University of Connecticut

2006-2007 freshman season

On December 3, 2006, Thabeet tied a UConn record with 10 blocks. [ [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16025260/ Thabeet’s record 10 blocks key UConn’s big win - College basketball - MSNBC.com ] ]

As a freshman he averaged 6.2 points and 3.8 blocks per game. [http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/player/profile?playerId=31559 ESPN - Hasheem Thabeet Stats, News, Photos - Connecticut Huskies ] ]

Thabeet was named to the 2007 All-Big East Rookie Team along with fellow teammate Jerome Dyson.

2007-2008 sophomore season

As a sophomore he saw increased minutes and his game improve tremendously averaging 10.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.5 blocks on the season.

Tied his career high in blocks at 10 on January 5, 2008 in the Huskies' 73-67 loss at University of Notre Dame. [ [http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=280050087 ESPN - Connecticut vs. Notre Dame - Recap - January 05, 2008 ] ]

Was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and to the Second Team All Big East. [ [http://www.uconnhuskies.com/AllStories/MBasketball/2008/03/11/20080311.html www.UConnHuskies.com Mens Basketball ] ]

Personal

He is the son of Thabit Manka (deceased) and Rukia Manka. His mother, Rukia, still resides in Dar es Salaam. He has one sister, Sham, and one brother, Akbar. Before attending UConn, Hasheem attended the Cypress Christian School in Houston, Texas where he averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game.

References

External links

* [http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/player/profile?playerId=31559 ESPN]
* [http://nbadraft.net/admincp/profiles/hasheemthabeet.html NBA Draft.net]
* [http://www.uconnhuskies.com/sports/MBasketball/2007/Bios/Thabeet.html UConn Huskies]
* [http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaab/players/60064 Yahoo Sports!]


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