Lasme Selected By Golden State Warriors With 46th Pick In NBA Draft
June 28, 2007
NEW YORK - 2007 Honorable Mention All-American and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Stephane Lasme was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft with the 46th overall selection. Lasme is the 15th UMass alum to be selected in the NBA Draft and first since Lari Ketner was taken in the second round by the Chicago Bulls in 1999.
"We like Stephane," Warriors Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Mullin said. "He has a defensive mentality that we like and has shown the ability to block shots and rebound."
Lasme comes off a sensational senior season with the Minutemen as he led the squad to its best season in a decade with a 24-9 record and a second-round NIT appearance. The Gabon native finished second in the nation with 5.1 blocked shots per game. He tied the NCAA all-time record with four triple-doubles in a season along with Jason Kidd (Cal in 1994) and Michael Anderson (Drexel in 1986). Lasme was one of two players to finish in the Top 25 in the nation in three major statistics, the other being No. 1 overall selection Greg Oden of Ohio State. Lasme finished second in blocks, 13th in field goal percentage (61.1) and tied for 20th in rebounding (9.5). Lasme was second on the team in scoring as senior with 13.5 points per game.
Lasme is the first UMass player selected by the Warriors.
Lasme has been named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons. He was also named a 2007 Atlantic 10 First-Team All-Conference star, named to the Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team and to the NABC All-District First-Team.
With 399 career blocks, Lasme stands tied for 18th in all-time blocks in NCAA history tied with Jim McIlvaine (399 at Marquette). He is first all-time at UMass in career blocked shots with 399, passing Marcus Camby (336) in 2006. Lasme was the leading active shot blocker in the nation with 399 in 2006-07. He had more blocks than 315 of the 336 Division I teams as a senior.
Lasme scored 1,011 career points, surpassing the 1,000-point plateau in his final collegiate game at West Virginia in the NIT Second Round. He finished with 758 career rebounds and a 59.5 field goal percentage, second all-time at UMass.
Lasme had his four triple-doubles against vs. St. Francis on Nov. 22 (19 pts, 10 reb, 11 blocks); vs. GW on Jan. 10 (23 pts, 15 reb, 11 blocks); vs. Rhode Island (18 pts, 12 reb, 11 blk) and vs. La Salle on Feb. 28 (17 pts, 10 reb, 10 blocks