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21 Alassane Kouyate
Brings size and athleticism to the UMass frontline ... Looks to win increased playing time this season, either at power forward or center ... Hard worker, who has a good shooting touch around the basket ... Missed the entire 2003-2004 season due to injury, and received a medical redshirt, but received the team's Skip Connors Academic Award.
Sat out all of 2003-04 season as a medical redshirt with chronic knee injuries ... Continued to suffer from ailing knees this season ... Can bring size and athleticism to the front-court ... Hard worker who continues to rehab from injuries which have allowed him to dress for games late this season.
Has not played in any games as he has suffered from chronic knee injuries.
Dressed for the first time all season against Rhode Island (2/23) and has dressed for every game since.
Returned to Ohio over winter recess to undergo rehab with his doctor back home.
Received a medical redshirt as he did not play in any games suffering from knee injuries.
Saw action in 14 games on the season, earning his first career start against Duquesne ... Averaged 0.1 ppg and 0.6 rpg, while seeing 54 minutes of action ... Grabbed a career-high four rebounds in six minutes of action at Tennessee ... Had a career-best two assists in a eight minutes of work at Temple ... Tallied the first points of his collegiate career at Dayton, as he finished with two points and three rebounds in a eight minutes of action.
Averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds as a senior at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio ... Served as team captain for coach Frank Lupica's Warriors as a senior, when he hit 69 percent of his field goals ... First team All-Ohio selection ... Elite 8 Tournament MVP ... Recorded double-digit rebounding effort in 2002 Pitt-Ohio All-Star Game ... As a sophomore at Medina (Ohio) Highland High School, he was a standout basketball and soccer player, earning All-Suburban honors in sports and averaging 18 points on the hardwood ... Transferred to Walsh Jesuit, but missed his junior season due to state transfer rules ... Selected UMass in the fall, 2001, signing period over Wisconsin, Kansas State and Duquesne.
Full name is Alassane Kouyate ... Born Dec. 29, 1982, in Bamako, Mali, West Africa ... Son of Fousseyni and Koita Kouyate, his guardians in the United States are Bob and Becky Kelly ... Can speak five languages -- English, French and three African dialects ... Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences.
|Points||2||at Dayton, 1/29/03|
|Field Goals||1||at Dayton, 1/29/03|
|Field Goals Att.||2||at Dayton, 1/29/03|
|3-Point FG Att.||0|
|Free Throw Att.||1||at Dayton, 1/29/03|
|1||at Tennessee, 2/5/03|
|Rebounds ||4||at Tennessee, 2/5/03|
|Assists ||15||vs. St. Joseph's, 2/25/04|
|Assists ||2||at Temple, 2/26/03|
|Minutes||8||at Tennessee, 2/5/03|
|8||at Temple, 2/26/03|