CAREER AVERAGES 2.3 ppg and 2.8 rpg in 10.8 mpg (201 career games).
2012-13 SEASON AVERAGES 2.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.9 bpg in 11.7 mpg (66 games, four starts).
2012-13 Posted first double-double of career with 13 points (career-high) and 10 rebounds on vs. Charlotte (11/26). Shot a team-best 60.4% from the field this season (64- 106 FG). Set a season-high with four blocks in 18 minutes on at POR (4/12). Recorded a blocked shot in first four games this season. Scored in double figures on three occasions this season (accomplished the feat just three times prior to the 2012-13 season). Two gameâ€™s â€“ DNP Inactive (left ankle sprain). 11 games DNP â€“ Coachâ€™s Decision. Three DND â€“ sore lower back.
NBA CAREER 2011-12: Averaged 1.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.50 blocks and 7.0 minutes in 20 games (three starts) with Houston and Portland. Averaged 1.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 15 games as a member of the Trail Blazers. Made three consecutive starts for the Trail Blazers from Apr. 18 through Apr. 23. Grabbed a season-high eight rebounds Apr. 21 at Memphis. Averaged 1.5 points and 1.0 rebounds in four games with Houston. Totaled six points (3-of-3 FG) and two boards in just four minutes vs. San Antonio on Dec. 29. 2010-11: Averaged 1.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.33 blocks in 45 games with Memphis. Scored a season-high eight points in 14 minutes of action vs. Charlotte (12/15/10). Grabbed a season-best six rebounds in 12 minutes of playing time vs. Houston (1/21/11). Blocked a season-high two shots on three occasions. Played in two games with the Rockets. Assigned to Houstonâ€™s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Mar. 21 and was later recalled from the Vipers on Apr. 11 after averaging 10.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.67 blocks in six regular season games (five starts). Started one playoff game with Rio Grande Valley at Bakersfield (4/8/11) 2009-2010: In his first season with Memphis, averaged 3.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 68 games (13 starts). Led the NBA in blocks per 48 minutes with 4.84 (min. 60 games). Ranked second among all NBA rookies in blocks per game (1.31). Recorded multiple blocks 24 times, including a career- high five blocks at Miami (12/13/09). Posted 5.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.77 blocks in the 13 games in which he played at least 20 minutes. Scored a career-high 10 points at Phoenix (1/2/10), 10 points in his first career start vs. Chicago (3/16/10) and 10 points at Sacramento (3/22/10). Pulled down 10-plus rebounds twice, including a career-high 11 boards vs. New Orleans (4/2/10). Averaged 13.8 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.17 blocks in 31.3 minutes over six games (four starts) with Dakota.
PLAYOFFS 2012-13: Saw action in four postseason contests, averaging 0.5 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 6.5 mpg.
COLLEGE In three seasons at Connecticut, averaged 10.3 points (.611 FG%), 8.5 rebounds and 4.2 blocks in 100 games (99 starts). A two-time winner of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009. Was named the 2009 Co-Big East Player of the Year (Pittsburghâ€™s DeJuan Blair). Won consecutive Big East Defensive Player of the Year Awards in 2008 and 2009, becoming the first player to do so since Emeka Okafor (2003 and 2004). Shares the UConn school record for blocks in a single game with 10 (set three different times). Left UConn ranked second on the Big East all-time blocked shots list (243), just four behind Georgetownâ€™s Patrick Ewing. Notched three or more blocks in 71 of his 100 career collegiate games. In 2008-09 averaged 13.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.2 blocks (second in NCAA) in 36 games (all starts), leading the Huskies to their first Final Four appearance since 2004. Named to the All-Big East First Team and All-America First Team by the NABC. Garnered All-America Second Team from The Associated Press as a junior. Was a finalist for the Oscar Robertson and Naismith National Player of the Year Awards. Averaged 12.6 points and 10.6 rebounds in five games of the NCAA Tournament. Recorded 19 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in a six-overtime Big East Quarterfinal loss to Syracuse, which was the longest game in Big East history. Registered the seventh triple- double in UConn history with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks vs. Providence (1/31/09). Posted career bests of 25 points and 20 rebounds to go along with nine blocks vs. Seton Hall (2/14/09). Named to the All-Big East Second Team and NABC All-District Second Team as a sophomore. Set the Big East record for blocked shots in league games (94), breaking the old record held by Georgetownâ€™s Alonzo Mourning (93). Named to the Big East All-Rookie Team during freshman season.
PERSONAL Name in Arabic means â€œdestroyer of evil.â€ After growing up as a soccer player, began playing organized basketball when he was 15 years old. Was the first Tanzanian-born player to be drafted by and play for an NBA team. Stood as the tallest player in UConn history. Facilitated his own college recruitment by finding and e-mailing college coaches through Google. Trained with members of the U.S. Navy Seals in preparation for the NBA Draft. Ran a half-marathon when he was 13 years old.