Hasheem Thabeet

The second round pick is Minnesota’s selection, acquired by the Rockets in a trade last season. Thabeet was acquired by Houston from Memphis on February, last year, seeing action in just five games with the Rockets this season. “We’re looking forward to what Jonny and Thabeet can bring to our team at two positions we can use help at and we’ve added an additional asset with the second-round draft pick,” said Acting General Manager Chad Buchanan.

“We appreciate Marcus’s contributions over the past three seasons and we wish him the best for the future.” In 120 games over three seasons with Memphis and Houston, Thabeet, 25, has career averages of 2.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 10.7 minutes. A Tanzanian, Thabeet was selected by Memphis with the second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

At 7-3, he is the tallest player in the NBA. As a junior at UConn, Thabeet emerged on the national scene, averaging 13.6 points and 10.8 rebounds. He earned his first career triple-double against Providence College on January 31, 2009, with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks.

He finished with 152 blocks on the season and he was known for the shots he prevented from ever being taken. He was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and was co-Big East Player of the Year with Pitt’s DeJuan Blair. He was named Second Team All-America and National Defensive Player of the Year.

Thabeet surpassed the 1,000-point mark against Purdue on March 26, 2009. He was the third UConn player that season to do so (Jerome Dyson and A. J. Price were the others). Thabeet helped lead UConn to their first Final Four appearance since 2004.
In April 2009, Thabeet decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the 2009 NBA Draft. He was drafted 2nd overall by the Memphis Grizzlies to become the first Tanzanian born NBA player.

Source Tanzania Daily News and Agencies

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