St. Mary's Basketball Star Working Toward 2012 Olympics
PROVIDENCE, RI - MARCH 20: Omar Samhan #50 of the Saint Mary's Gaels reacts with fans after a win against the Villanova Wildcats during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's tournament at Dunkin' Donuts Center on March 20, 2010 in Providence, Rhode Island. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Omar Samhan
Updated at 7:00 AM PST on Tuesday, Feb 15, 2011
He claimed the heart of a nation last year during the NCAA Tournament, now former St. Mary's standout Omar Samhan is headed to Egypt. The San Jose Mercury News says the former Gael will spend his summer playing for the Egyptian national team.
You may remember Samhan from last year's landmark run by St. Mary's to the Sweet 16. He scored 29 points in an upset of Richmond, then led the team with 32 points to beat Villanova. The Danville native played in the NBA's summer league with the Dallas Mavericks and then headed to Lithuania to play pro ball.
This summer, he will play in the All Africa Games with the Egyptian team. If all goes well, you'll see Samhan and the rest of the Egyptian team in the 2012 Olympics in London.
Sanham's father is from Egypt and returns there frequently for business.
Published at 6:48 AM PST on Feb 15, 2011