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1   Papa Lo
Papa Lo

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Theis, Senegal

High School:
Winchendon School (Mass.)

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 215

Position:
F/C


FORD ON LO: "Papa is somebody who has to get bigger and stronger but he brings a strength that we don't have in shot-blocking. He can definitely do that. If he can get in there and block shots and physically be able to rebound, there will be a place for him to play. He is probably the premiere shot-blocker in the country whose not in college or the NBA. He is a young man at 6-9 who alters every single shot. He is very aggressive around the post and loves to dunk the ball. He is another young man who is very intelligent on and off the court. He is very similar to Stephane Lasme but he probably has more offensive skills. He has the ability to change a game with his height and length. He is 6-9 but he plays like he is 7-5."

AS A FRESHMAN 2007-08:

  • Freshman bigman played in 22 games with 1.2 blocks per game.
  • In just 89 minutes of action had 25 blocked shots.
  • Over 40 minutes would average 11.2 blocks per game.
  • Had three blocks in six minutes against #23/22 Xavier (1/27).
  • Had 14 blocks in three games in just 37 minutes of action, less than a block each half-minute from Dec. 22-Jan. 2.
  • In career-high 14 minutes vs. Houston (1/2) had a tip-in follow basket along with three blocked shots.
  • Swatted five shots in 11 minutes vs. Boston University (12/29).
  • Career-best six blocked shots in just 12 minutes against Central Connecticut (12/22). UMass had 18 blocks as a team, second-most in a game in school history.
  • Great game against Toledo (12/15), made an immediate impact with two blocks and a putback basket.
  • Played five minutes at Boston College (12/15), had one block and four rebounds.
  • First-career block against Northern Illinois (11/10) in six minutes.
  • Made college debut with two minutes vs. Cal Poly (11/9).

    BEFORE UMASS: Sensational shot blocker, who came to the Winchendon School to play under UMass alumnus Mike Byrnes, the same school which produced current Minuteman Ricky Harris ... Played senior year and half of junior year at Winchendon ... Averaged 10.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 6.0 blocks per game ... An instant spark off the bench with great rebounding and shot blocking ... Was named the Athlete of the Week on two occasions.

    PERSONAL: Papa Ousmane Lo ... Born on October 15, 1986 in Diourbal ... Son of Pathe and Fatou Lo ... Married Moumy on December 27, 2007, ceremony held in Senegal (as per Muslim culture neither the bride or groom was at the wedding), but Papa was here in Amherst with UMass basketball team. Moumy is also a native of Senegal and is currently a student at Winchendon School ... Came to United States in December 2005 ... Class president at Winchendon ... Member of the Honor Roll ... Awarded the Headmaster's Prize as a senior ... Majoring in Engineering.

    Lo's CAREER STATS
    Year		GP	GS	Min	Avg	FG	FGA	Pct	3FG	FGA	Pct	FT	FTA	Pct	Off	Def	Tot	Avg	PF	FO	Ast	TO	Blk	Stl	Pts	Avg
    2007-08	22	0	89	4.0	3	7	.429	0	0	.000	0	1	.000	9	7	16	0.7	15	0	2	9	25	2	6	0.3
    TOTAL	22	0	89	4.0	3	7	.429	0	0	.000	0	1	.000	9	7	16	0.7	15	0	2	9	25	2	6	0.3
    

    Lo's Career Highs
    Category	#	Opponent, Date
    Points	2	Houston, 1/2/08
    	2	Toledo, 12/15/07
    	2	vs. Northern Illinois, 11/10/07
    Field Goals	1	Houston, 1/2/08
    	1	Toledo, 12/15/07
    	1	vs. Northern Illinois, 11/10/07
    Field Goals Att.	2	Houston, 1/2/08
    	2	vs. Northern Illinois, 11/10/07
    Free Throws	0
    Free Throw Att.	1	at Boston College, 12/12/07
    Rebounds	4	at Boston College, 12/12/07
    Assists	1	Toledo, 12/15/07
    	1	Central Connecticut, 12/22/07
    Blocks	6	Central Connecticut, 12/22/07
    Steals	1	at Vanderbilt, 1/5/08
    	1	at Duquesne, 1/30/08
    Minutes	14	Houston, 1/2/08
    

    Lo's Miscellaneous Stats

    Catergory	07-08	Car.	Last Time...
    Double-Figure Scoring	0	0
    20-plus points	0	0
    5-plus blocks	2	2	Boston Univ., 12/29/07
    5-plus rebounds	0	0
    

    A FEW MINUTES WITH PAPA
    Major (Why?): Engineering, to help develop my country (Senegal)
    Favorite Musical Artist: Akon
    Favorite Sports Movie: Remember the Titans
    Best Sporting Event I Ever Attended: UMass Game
    Favorite TV Show: Family Guy/ Fresh Prince of Bel Air
    Favorite Pro Sports Team: Barcelona
    Pro Sports Team I Would Like To Play For: Miami Heat
    Favorite Athletes: Ronaldinho
    Childhood Idol: My father
    Hobbies: listen to music
    Best Player I Ever Faced: Assane Nbiaye
    Best Player I Ever Played With: Brian Johnson
    Toughest Place I Ever Played: New Hampton
    My Biggest Fear: God
    Most Famous Person I Ever Met: Akon
    Person I'd Like To Have Dinner With: Michael Jordan
    My Most Prized Possession: Family
    Place I'd Like to Visit: Italy
    Most People Don't Know This But: I will be married before 2008
    I Wear My Jersey Number Because: #1 It symbolizes the unity of God
    If I Didn't Play College Basketball I Would Play: soccer
    Who Had the Greatest Impact on My Life: My father
    Best Advice From a Coach: If you want something, go get it
    One Thing I Wish I Were Better At: Singing
    My Best Non-Athletic Talent: Play comedy
    If I Had $1 Billion Dollars I Would: Go back to Senegal
    The Person I Would Choose to be Stranded on a Deserted Island with: Mommy

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