Hasheem Thabeet Tanzania Biograpy & Career
Hasheem Thabeet was born Hashim Thabit Manka on 16 February 1987 is a Tanzanian professional basketball player who last played for the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League.
He played college basketball for Connecticut before being drafted second overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.
Hasheem Thabeet Basketball Player
Hasheem Thabeet started to play basketball at the age of 15, when he began to watch pick-up games in Tanzania. When first recruited from Tanzania, Thabeet was fluent in Swahili but knew little English. He played high school basketball at Cypress Christian School in Houston, Texas where he graduated in 2006.
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On 3 December 2006, Thabeet tied a UConn record for blocks in a game with 10. Thabeet was named to the 2007 All-Big East Rookie Team, along with teammate Jerome Dyson.
As a sophomore, he saw increased minutes and he averaged 10.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.5 blocks on the season. On 5 January 2008, he tied his career high in blocks with 10 in the Huskies’ 73–67 loss at University of Notre Dame. Thabeet was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Big East second team.
As a junior, 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 31 January 2009, with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks. He finished with 152 blocks on the season. 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.
Hasheem Thabeet surpassed the 1,000-point mark against Purdue on 26 March 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, Hasheem Thabeet declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.