Stephane Lasme
DOB: December 17, 1982
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Stephane Lasme - 2006/07
Forward/Center, 2003-07, #13
6' 8", 215, Libreville, Gabon / Leon MBA

Lasme's career progression:
Senior year (2006-07) achievements:
• 2006-07 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year (since at UMass since Marcus Camby in 1996), First-Team All-Conference, All-Defensive Team. 2006-07 NABC All-District First-Team Selection.
• Senior tri-captain with Rashaun Freeman and Brandon Thomas.
• THIRD player in NCAA history to have FOUR triple-doubles in a same season: 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). He joins Jason Kidd (Cal in 1994) and Michael Anderson (Drexel in 1986).
• One of two players to rank in the Top 25 in the nation in three major statistical categories along with Ohio State's Greg Oden. Lasme is second in blocks, 13th in field goal pct. and tied for 20th in rebounding.
• With 399 career blocks stands tied for 18th in all-time blocks in NCAA history tied with Jim McIlvaine (399 at Marquette).
• First all-time at UMass in career blocked shots with 399, passing Marcus Camby (336) on Jan. 28 at Charlotte.
• Leading active shot blocker in the nation with 399. Also leading returning shot blocker in the nation in 2006-07.
• Second in the nation and first in the A-10 in blocked shots with 5.1 per game. Leader is Mickell Gladness of Alabama A&M (6.3).
• Second in the nation in total blocked shots this season with 168, Mickell Gladness of Alabama A&M has 188.
• Has more blocks than 315 teams in Division I (only 21 teams of 336 have more blocks than Lasme himself).
• Has more blocks individually than 13 of the 14 teams in the Atlantic 10 with 156 -- only UMass (243) has more.
• Best single-season in blocks in UMass history with 168, Camby's former record was 128, broken at Fordham (2/15) with seven blocks.
• Reached the fifth-best season in just 15 games with 74.
• His 168 blocked shots are the most by a senior in a season in UMass history.
• With 500 field goal attempts, finished second in career field goal percentage at UMass (59.5).
• Led Atlantic 10 and UMass with 9.5 rebounds per game which ranks first in the A-10 and 20th in NCAA.
• Second on team in scoring at 13.5 ppg and 61.1 percent from floor. Led A-10 in defensive rebounding at 5.81 per game.
• In A-10 games averaged team-best 15.1 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.6 blocks per game. Leads A-10 in rebounds & blocks in A-10 games.
• Tallied 14th and final double-double of the year at West Virginia (3/15) in NIT Second Round with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
• In NIT First Round win over Alabama (3/13) on ESPN had team-high 21 points and nine blocked shots.
• Played career-high tying 40 minutes vs. Saint Louis (3/8) in A-10 Tournament, grabbed 13 rebounds and scored eight points.
• Helped UMass secure A-10 regular-season title at Saint Joseph's (3/3) with 11 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
• Fourth triple-double came vs. La Salle (2/28) with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks. Just third in NCAA history with four in a season.
• Efficienct with 8-of-9 from the floor for game-high 17 points along with three rebounds and just one block in 20 minutes vs. St. Bonaventure (2/21).
• Third double-double in four games with 14 points and 12 rebounds at Dayton (2/18), moved into Top 25 in career blocks in NCAA history.
• Posted 11th double-double of the year with 18 points and 10 rebounds at Fordham (2/15), also added seven blocks. His monster stuff off a behind-the back pass from Brandon Thomas was the No. 7 Play of the Day on SportsCenter that night.
• Netted 17 points hitting 6-of-7 field goals at Temple (2/11), also had four rebounds and three blocked shots.
• Third triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocks vs. Rhode Island (2/8). Had ESPN SportsCenter No. 4 Play of Day that night.
• Honored before Richmond (2/3) game for setting UMass career blocks record, finished with eight points, five rebounds.
• Set UMass' career blocked shots record with a swat early in the second half at Charlotte (1/28), as he finished with three blocks along with 12 points and nine rebounds.
• Tied Marcus Camby's career record for blocked shots with seven at Rhode Island (1/24) to stand at 336. Scored eight points.
• Corraled career-high 17 rebounds (including career-best 11 offensive rebounds) vs. Duquesne (1/21) along with 14 points and five blocks for his ninth double-double of the year.
• Made career-best nine field goals for the second game in a row as he finished with 18 points, nine rebounds at Xavier (1/18).
• Named Dick Vitale's National Player of the Week, A-10 Player of the Week and UMass Athlete of the Week after his averaged 22 points, 13 rebounds and 8.5 blocks in two wins through Jan. 13.
• Made a career-high nine field goals (9-of-10, career-best .900) as he finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks vs. Temple (1/13). In the second-half alone, Lasme had 17 points, seven rebounds and all six blocks.
• Posted second triple-double of the season and his career vs. George Washington (1/10) with 23 points, 15 rebounds and UMass-record tying 11 blocked shots. Also made 9-of-12 from the foul line after being around 50 percent most of the season.
• Had a monster 100th career game at La Salle (1/6) with a near-triple-double of 17 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocked shots. His nin blocks in the game moved him over 300 career swats and to the fifth-best single-season at UMass with 74 through 15 games.
•Scored 10 points, had seven blocks and five rebounds vs. Miami (1/2), came on with nine points, six blocks and all five boards in the second half.
• Grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds vs. Yale (12/28) including Mullins Center record 15 defensive rebounds. Also scored eight and blocked seven shots.
• At Louisville (12/13), had six points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
• Posted his fifth double-double of the season with 19 points and 14 rebounds against Central Connecticut (12/9).
• Scored in double-figures for the sixth time this season with 12 points at Boston University (12/6). Also had five rebounds and three blocked shots.
• Had a marquee night against Boston College (12/2) where he scored a career-high 24 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the floor and 8-for-10 from the free throw line. Posted a double-double with 11 rebounds. Also added three blocked shots.
• Earned Atlantic 10 Player of the Week and UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of the Week on Nov. 26 after averaging 12.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 5.7 blocks per game in 3-0 week for UMass.
• Double-double with 11 points and team-high 11 rebounds at Jacksonville State (11/25).
• Had second triple-double in UMass history vs. St. Francis, N.Y. (11/22), as he had 19 points, 10 rebounds and school-record 11 blocked shots. Al Skinner had other on 12/28/73. Shot 8-of-10 from the floor and had eight blocks in the second half alone.
• Named to All-Classic Team at the Colonial Classic after he averaged 11.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in the three games.
• Corraled 11 rebounds, seven points and three blocks vs. Northeastern (11/19).
• Topped team with 17 points and nine rebounds at No. 4/5 Pittsburgh (11/18).
• Posted ninth career double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds vs. Oakland (11/17). Also had five blocks and made 4-of-5 from the floor.
• In opener vs. Dartmouth (11/11), had foul trouble and played just 21 minutes, scoring seven points, grabbing six rebounds and blocking five shots.

Senior year (2006-07) pre-season report from Head Coach Travis Ford: "Stephane, I'd say, is one of the best defenders in the nation, bar none. He can really change a game with his defense, he is a difference maker. He is one of the best shot blockers I have ever coached. The general consensus around the Atlantic 10 is that Stephane may be the best pro prospect in the league this year. I hadn't looked at it in that aspect. But I can't 100% disagree. For what he can do and how much he has gotten better this year. He is the number one returning shot blocker in Division 1 this year with Josh Boone from UConn in the NBA and Shawn James (Northeastern) sitting out after transferring. Stephane's offensive game is coming along. Stephane comes to the gym everyday ready to work, listen and learn and his best days are ahead of him. I think once he realizes how good he could be, the sky is the limit for him."

Stephane Lasme - 2005/06
Junior year (2005-06) achievements:

Lasme: UMass building block (2/27/2006)
Making the leap (2/1/2006)
Out of Africa (1/29/2006) External link
Lasme's star keeps rising (11/24/2005) External link

Junior year (2005-06) pre-season report from Head Coach Travis Ford: "Stephane, I'd say, is one of the best defenders in the Atlantic 10, bar none. He can really change a game with his defense, he is a difference maker. He is one of the best shot blockers I have ever coached. He's somebody who has to develop more confidence in his offensive game, I think I believe in it more than he probably does. He is getting better every day. I love his attitude on the court. Stephane comes to the gym everyday ready to work, listen and learn and his best days are ahead of him. I think once he realizes how good he could be, the sky is the limit for him."

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2004-05: Started all 28 games in the front court, only UMass player to start every game in 2004-05 ... Shot blocking machine, led team with 72 swats (2.57 per game), ranking second in the A-10 ... Blocks total of 72 was sixth-best single-season in UMass history ... Second on the team in rebounding average at 5.3 also scoring 6.3 points per game. ... Over last 12 games scored 8.0 ppg, grabbing 6.8 rpg and 3.4 blocks per game, as well as shooting 64.6 from floor (31-for-48) ... In A-10 First Round vs. LaSalle (3/9) scored five points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots ... Tied UMass record for free throws made in a game without a miss (14-for-14) vs. Duquesne (3/5), set by Donta Bright in 1996 ... Finished Duquesne game with 16 points and 11 rebounds for second-career double-double and third time in double-figures this season ... Scored nine points, had eight rebounds at Dayton (3/1) had two dunks in the game ... Set new career-high with seven blocked shots vs. Rhode Island (2/23), along with seven points and five rebounds before fouling out ... Had tremendous defensive game at LaSalle (2/19), tying his career-high with 13 rebounds as he held the A-10's top scorer Steven Smith (21.0 ppg entering the game) to just 12 points on 2-of-11 shooting. Also had eight points and four blocks vs. Explorers ... Hauled down nine rebounds along with six points and four blocks vs. St. Bonaventure (2/5) ... Posted seven points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots vs. Richmond (1/29) ... Career game at St. Bonaventure (1/26) posting first double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds going 6-for-6 from the floor ... Well-rounded game vs. Fordham (1/19) with seven points, seven rebounds and career-high four assists with two steals ... Came up with career-high four steals -- all in the first half, also had four blocks and eight points (3-of-3 FG) at Saint Joseph's (1/12) ... Scored a season-high 11 points in triple OT win over Xavier (1/8) recording five blocks and five rebounds in 36 minutes ... Made both shots from the floor and had two blocks vs. Rider (12/23) ... Had seven points and three rebounds vs. Davidson (12/19) ... Had five blocked shots at Miami (12/12) ... Scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting in win over UConn (12/9), also had six rebounds and two blocks, along with three steals ... Had a great game vs. Gonzaga (12/4), limiting All-American Ronny Turiaf to 19 points, as he scored six points and blocked four shots ... Posted second career 10-rebound game vs. Yale (11/28), also blocked six shots to tie career-high for third time, scored six points.

Lasme adept at transition game (3/9/2005)
Q&A article (12/2/2004)

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2003-04: UMass' top backup at the low post positions ... Received the team's Jack Leaman Defensive Award ... Played in all 29 games on the season, starting twice ... Averaged 3.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game ... Ranked second in the Atlantic 10 Conference in blocked shots ... Hit on 54.2 percent (39 of 72) of his field goal attempts on the year ... Tied for the team lead with six rebounds in the home game with St. Joseph's ... Totaled six points, seven rebounds and two blocks at Fordham ... Blocked four shots in home game against Rhode Island ... Recorded six blocks, five rebounds and four points at Xavier ... Scored a team-high 13 points on six of eight shooting against Dayton, in addition to recording seven rebounds and six blocks ... Totaled 12 points on five of six shooting in the victory at Rider, while also posting two rebounds and two steals ... Recorded three rebounds and three blocks in the win at Rhode Island ... Had seven points, three boards and a block at St. Joseph's ... Pulled down five rebounds and blocked two shots at Duquesne ... Totaled four points, three rebounds and a blocked shot at St. Bonaventure ... Recorded four points, three rebounds and a block against George Washington ... Had four rebounds and two blocked shots against Tennessee ... Scored seven points and pulled down three rebounds against Albany ... Totaled five points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots in the victory over Marshall ... Had four rebounds, four blocks and two points against Vermont ... Recorded 13 rebounds, six points and four blocked shots at Texas Tech ... Totaled six points and six rebounds against St. Francis (N.Y.) in the first game of his collegiate career.

BEFORE UMASS: Turned in an outstanding performance in the Eastern Invitational (N.J.) All-Star Game in July of 2003 ... Spent three seasons (2000-2003) playing for the Gabon National Team and coach Arimbi Nkolo ... Attended Leon MBA High School from 1998-2002, where he played for coach Ebolo Firmin in the African High School Federation against other secondary schools ... Competed for Gabon in the All-Africa Games.

PERSONAL: Yann Stephane Lasme (pronounced steph-ON LAZ-me) ... Son of Onanga Liliane and Retouano Romain ... Brother of Lasme Romaric, Dellamonica Fabienne, Mbourou Estelle and Ngouatoua Judith ... Born December 17, 1982, in Port-Gentil, Gabon ... Majoring in Biology ... Switched to jersey No. 13 as a junior because it was his number in Gabon...Shoe size 14.

Lasme's Career Highs

Points21 - vs. St. Peter's, 12/27/05
Field Goals8 - vs. St. Peter's, 12/27/05
Field Goals Att.14 - vs. St. Peter's, 12/27/05
Free Throws14 - vs. Duquesne, 3/5/05
Free Throw Att. 14 - vs. Duquesne, 3/5/05
F. Throw Pct.14-14 - vs. Duquesne, 3/5/05 (ties School Record)
Rebounds15 - at St. Bonaventure, 2/19/06
Offensive Reb.9 - vs. St. Peter's, 12/27/05
Defensive Reb.10 - at St. Bonaventure, 2/19/06
Assists4 - vs. Fordham, 1/19/05
Blocks9 - at Davidson,11/22/05 (ties School Record)
Steals4 - at Saint Joseph's, 1/12/05
Minutes40 - at St. Bonaventure, 1/26/05

Double-Figure Scoring: 20 times, last vs. Xavier, 3/8/06
20-plus points: twice, last vs. Xavier, 3/8/06
5-plus blocks: 14 times, last vs. Rhode Island, 2/4/06
7-plus blocks: 6 times, last at Rhode Island, 1/25/06
5-plus rebounds: 39 times, last vs. Xavier, 3/8/06
10-plus rebounds: 11 times, last vs. Xavier, 3/4/06
Double-Double: 8 times, last vs. Xavier, 3/4/06

Career Statistics
  Total 3-Pointers   Rebounds  
Season GP GS Min Avg FG FGA % FG FGA % FT FTA % Off Def Tot Avg PF FO A TO Blk St Pts Avg
2003-04 29 2 386 13.3 39 72 .542 0 0 -- 15 34 .441 52 48 100 3.4 69 1 11 33 51 10 93 3.2
2004-05 28 28 649 23.2 65 114 .570 0 0 -- 47 67 .701 74 74 148 5.3 92 7 33 51 72 28 177 6.3
2005-06 28 27 816 29.1 109 179 .609 0 0 -- 76 121 .628 83 112 195 7.0 96 6 31 54 108 21 294 10.5
2006-07 33 33 1011 30.6 165 270 .611 0 0 -- 115 185 .622 126 189 315 9.5 111 3 28 79 168 29 447 13.5
Career 118 90 2862 24.3 378 635 .584 0 0 -- 253 407 .622 335 423 758 6.4 368 17 103 217 399 88 1011 8.6


For recent updates about Lasme's pro career, please see his Wikipedia page.

Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel
Signed with the team in July 2009. Club site

KK Partizan, Serbia
Signed with the team in Sept 2008. Club site

Miami Heat, NBA, Forward, 2008
Waived by the Heat, Sept 4, 2008.
Appeared in all 5 of the Heat's summer league 2008 games, averaging 8.8 ppg, and 1.6 bpg.
Appeared in 15 games at the end of the 2007-08 season, averaging 5.5 points per game, and 1.5 blocks per game (second to Alonzo Mourning).
Lasme's page on
Signed by the Heat to a 10-day contract, Mar 21, 2008.

Los Angeles D-Fenders, NBDL, Forward, 2007-08
Signed by the D-Fenders, Nov 28, 2007.

Golden State Warriors, NBA, Forward, 2007
Appeared in one regular-season game. Waived by the club Nov 17, 2007.
Selected as the 46th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Video clip

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