Full Name: Alpha Bangura
Height/Weight: 6-4/ 215 lbs
College: St. John's
Drafted by Fayetteville in the 9th round of this yearís NBDL draft. Played for the Brooklyn Kings of the USBL in 2002. Averaged 13.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 12 games, coming off the bench in every contest.
Played final two seasons of collegiate career at St. Johnís after starting career at Monmouth. Sat out 1999-2000 season at St. Johnís under NCAA transfer rules. Left St. Johnís after junior season to turn professional. Scored 763 total points and grabbed 264 total rebounds in his career.
As a junior, averaged 5.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes a game. Started five times, averaging 7.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in those games. Scored in double figures four times, with a season-high of 16 points at Boston College on Jan. 17. Tallied 12 points and season-high six rebounds against Gonzaga on Nov. 23. Scored 10 points in only 11 minutes against St. Francis (NY) on Dec. 20. Contributed 10 points on 4-for-6 field goal shooting against Quinnipiac on Dec. 29.
As a sophomore, averaged 6.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 16.2 minutes a game. Finished fifth on the team in scoring. Scored season-high 19 points and grabbed five rebounds against San Francisco on Dec. 31. Tallied 18 points against Connecticut on Jan. 6. Scored 17 points and collected season-high nine rebounds at Virginia Tech on Jan. 27. Tallied 17 points at Rutgers on Jan. 14. Scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a home win against Boston College on Jan. 10.
As a freshman at Monmouth, averaged 18.0 points and 5.5 rebounds, leading the team in both categories. Also led squad in steals with 40. Started all 26 games. Ranked third in the NEC in scoring. Scored season-high 30 points against Mount St. Maryís on Feb. 4. Tallied 29 points on 14-for-18 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds at St. Francis (NY) on Jan. 7. Registered a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds at Wagner on Jan. 18. Led team in scoring 19 times, rebounding 11 times. Earned conference Newcomer of the Week honors three separate weeks. Was named Northeast Conference Newcomer of the Year and was a member of the leagueís All-Newcomer Team.