50 - Omar Samhan

6-10, 265 Center
St. Mary's Senior
11/03/88 (31.3 yrs)
San Ramon, CA
High School
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Post Skills
85 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Aaron Gray

Strengths: A late bloomer who has shown steady development throughout his college career … Statistically one of the best big men in the country (over 20p, 10r, 3 blk) … At 6’11, he knows how to use his size and weight to his advantage in the post … Has good interior footwork to create space to get his shot off … He knows how to take advantage of mismatches on switches in the post and passes well out of double teams … Shows patience and poise on offense, willing to pass the ball out and work in reposting to have a better angle for his shot and is constantly working on getting quality post position … For a low post player he demonstrates good shooting mechanics. Shoots in the mid 70% from the free throw line, and shows range out to 15 feet … He has improved in the pick and roll this season and his familiarity with it should help him at the pro level … Was voted Defensive Player of the Year in the WCC while averaging over 11 rebounds  and 3 blocks per game. Omar plays hard on defense and uses his size and body to box out, explaining his double digit boards.  Demonstrates very strong intangibles (has lost over 60 pounds since his freshman year, strong work ethic, strong leadership qualities, and very good with the media and fans) …

Weaknesses: Omar’s body is a work in progress … While he has lost weight, as mentioned above, he still must build strength and muscle while dropping more bodyfat … In addition there are serious questions whether he has the ability to handle NBA speed both on offense and on defense …  At St. Mary’s he was a focal point of a half court offense … Since few teams in the NBA run a half court offense these days, it is imperative that Omar continues to work on his stamina and speed … While he has worked on the pick and roll he is not the passer or the shooter that slower big men such as Brad Miller or Vlade Divac were … He has a slow mechanics on his release which makes it easier to defend, and as with most interior players, does not possess a strong dribble … Scouts have similar concerns on the defensive side for Omar as he appears to be slow laterally and would probably have one of the worst verticals at the NBA draft combine … Despite averaging 3 blocks per game, he will never be a low post intimidator or shot blocker at the NBA level because of his athletic limitations … 

Outlook: His height and strong showing in the NCAA tournament has firmly put him on the NBA radar for the 2010 draft …  He could certainly take advantage of his Egyptian heritage to play in international competitions.  Late blooming big men with a strong work ethic stay on NBA scouts radars. A strong career in Europe can often be more rewarding than a journeyman career in the NBA …

Eric Guilleminault 3/20/10

Omar Smahan Interview – I’m a Beast!

YouTube Clip – 06/03/2010

YouTube Clip – 05/13/2010