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Cheick Samb
Full Name: Samb Chiekh Tidiane
Position: Center
Height/Weight: 7-1 (2.15 m) / 195 (88.5 kg)
Birthdate: October 22, 1984 (Senegal)
High School:
Team: WTC Cornella (Spain)
Country: Senegal
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Spanish LEB2
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2005-06 29 0 111 221 .502 51 67 .761 4 11 .364 223 11 16 89 277 9.60
Winterthur F.C. Barcelona – Circuito Sub-20
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2005-06 11 0 42 76 .553 20 27 .741 0 3 .000 79 4 13 34 104 9.50

Originally an early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration.

Career Highlights: Played his first year at the professional level with WTC Cornella in the Spanish LEB2 league. Also appeared with Winterthur F.C. Barcelona with their U-20 team in the Circuito Sub-20, a four-phase competition organized by the Spanish basketball leagues separate from their regular seasons. Had previously signed a multi-year contract in the summer of 2004 with Unelco Tenerife in the Spanish ACB, the country’s top professional league, but did not appear in any games with the senior team. Attended Arona Basket Sur Academy in Spain’s Canary Islands in 2003-04.

2005-06: Averaged 9.6 points and team highs of 7.7 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots for WTC Cornella in the Spanish LEB2 regular season. Led the league in blocked shots, registering more blocks than the totals of every other team in the league except for one. Averaged 9.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.5 blocked shots in four playoff contests. With Winterthur F.C. Barcelona in the Circuito Sub-20, averaged 9.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.1 blocked shots in 11 total contests.

2004-05: Played for Tenerife’s affiliated club which was not at the pro team level. Practiced with the senior team.

Strengths: Raw, lean shot-blocker who has tremendous upside as a prospect.