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Stephane Lasme

  • Player
  • Number: 13
  • Position: F/C
  • Height: 6' 8“
  • Weight: 215 lbs.
  • Hometown: Libreville, Gabon
  • High School: Leon MBA
  • Prep School: none
  • Transfer From: none
  • Birthdate: December 17, 1982

At UMass


  • Atlantic 10 Player of the Year in 2006-07
  • Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2005-06 and 2006-07
  • Four triple-doubles in 2006-07 made him, at the time, one of only three players in NCAA history to do that in the same season. (BYU's Kyle Collinsworth recorded six triple-doubles in 2014-15 and again in 2015-16.)1)
  • Left UMass as the leader in career blocks history with 399, and record holder for most in a UMass and A-10 seasons with 168 (in 2006-07)
  • 399 blocks were also 2nd-most in Atlantic 10 history (419 by SJU's Rodney Blake, 1985-88)
  • 3.3 blocks per game career average was 2nd-most in UMass history (3.7 Marcus Camby) and 3rd-most in Atlantic 10 History (3.6 Rodney Blake)
  • Left UMass in 2nd place in career field goal percentage at 59.5%
  • 2006-07: Ranked 1st in the A-10 in rebounding, 2nd in field goal percentage, and 1st in blocks
  • 2005-06: Ranked 7th in the A-10 in rebounding and 1st in blocks
  • Captain in 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons
  • Wore jersey #5 in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons

2006-07 Senior year

Roster photo 2006-07

  • 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 on Feb. 8 (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.
  • Efficient 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.
  • Corralled 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 nine 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.
  • Corralled 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.

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.”

2005-06 Junior year

Roster photo 2005-06

  • 2005-06 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, first player at UMass to earn honor since Kitwana Rhymer (2000-01)
  • Named a team captain along with senior Jeff Viggiano and junior Rashaun Freeman on Jan. 16.
  • Winner of three awards at the team banquet for the 2005-06 season: the Jack Leaman Defensive Award, the Mark Donoghue Most Productive Award, and co-winner (with Rashaun Freeman) of the team's George “Trigger” Burke Team MVP Award
  • Swatted 108 blocked shots in 2005-06 (3.9 per game) ranking first in the Atlantic 10 and third in the nation behind Northeastern's Shawn James (6.5) & Wyoming's Justin Williams (5.4).
  • Stands second all-time in career blocked shots at UMass with 231, behind all-time leader Marcus Camby (336 in 1993-96).
  • His 108 blocked shots ranks as the second-best single-season total in UMass history. Record is 128 by Marcus Camby.
  • Third on team with 10.5 points per game, second on team and 7.0 rebounds (9th in the A-10) , shooting 60.9 from the floor.
  • Had 15 games in double-figures in 2005-06 after just five total between his freshman and sophomore seasons.
  • Came into the season averaging just 4.7 points per game for his career and more than doubled that in 2005-06 season (10.5).
  • Over last seven games of year, scored 14.7 points and grabbed 8.3 rebounds per game. Was in double-figures in six of those seven games.
  • Netted second-career 20-point game vs. Xavier (3/8) in A-10 Tournament, also added eight rebounds and three blocked shots to move to second for a single-season at UMass, breaking tie with Marcus Camby's 105 mark.
  • Back-to-back double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds in regular-season final vs. Xavier (3/4), also had two blocks to give him 105 in year.
  • Posted fifth double-double of season at Richmond (3/1) with 16 points and 10 rebounds, two blocks tying for third-best season.
  • Became second player in UMass history with 100 blocks in a season with four vs. Dayton (2/25). In that game, also passed Harper Williams (222) who played 1989-93 for second in career blocked shots. Also scored nine points wearing hair in a 10-inch tall afro (in honor of Julius Erving).
  • Shot 7-of-7 from the floor and scored 18 points along with three rebounds and three blocks vs. Charlotte (2/22).
  • Grabbed career-high 15 rebounds and scored 11 points at St. Bonaventure (2/19), Had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the second half of win.
  • Gave incredible effort at No. 7/8 George Washington (2/15) scoring 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting, along with nine rebounds and four blocks.
  • Tallied 12 points, nine rebounds, five blocked shots vs. Rhode Island (2/4) and moved to third all-time in career blocks passing Lari Ketner (204).
  • Became fourth player at UMass to have 200 career blocked shots with three blocks at Temple (2/1).
  • Posted third double-double of the season at La Salle (1/29) with 13 points and 12 rebounds despite just one blocked shot.
  • With seven blocks at Rhode Island (1/25), including six in the first half, moved to fourth-best single-season at UMass in just 16 games.
  • Moved to fourth in career blocks at UMass with two vs. Temple (1/21), passing Edwin Green (190), also scored six points and seven rebounds.
  • In just 24 minutes because of foul trouble, had nine points, seven blocked shots and seven rebounds vs. Fordham (1/18).
  • Swatted seven shots at Saint Louis (1/14), for his third game with at least seven this season, scored just three points and had four rebounds.
  • From Dec. 27-Jan. 7, averaged 16.8 points per game.
  • Tallied 19 points in just 22 minutes, making 7-of-9 from the floor at Duquesne (1/7) for his fourth game in a row in double-figures.
  • Notched third game in a row with 10 or more points with 12 along with nine rebounds at #11 Boston College (1/3).
  • Named A-10 Player of the Week (Jan. 1, 2006), UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of the Week (Jan. 1, 2006) and named to the Panasonic Holiday Festival All-Tournament Team on Dec. 28 after sensational two-game effort at Madison Square Garden.
  • Led UMass in scoring for second game in a row with game-high 15 points along with five rebounds and four blocks vs. St. John's (12/28) in Holiday Festival Championship game.
  • Career-game came against St. Peter's (12/27), as he scored career-high 21 points and grabbed career-high 14 rebounds along with eight blocked shots. Made career-best 8-of-14 from the floor. Scored 16 points in the firs half, just two shy of his previous career-high for an entire game. Named player of the game and interviewed by MSG Network.
  • Third game in a row with 10 or more points for first time in his career with 10 vs. Savannah State (11/28), also blocked three shots, all in the first 10 minutes of the game, added six rebounds.
  • Blocked seven shots vs. UAB (11/25) and added 14 points and eight rebounds at Tip-Off Classic. Piled up 16 blocked in two-game span.
  • Nearly posted second triple-double in UMass history with 10 points, 11 rebounds and nine blocked shots at Davidson (11/22). Nine blocked shots tied UMass single-game record set by Harper Williams in 1991 and equalled twice by Marcus Camby in 1996.
  • Started against Hartford (11/18) and had four blocked shots including three in first 3:30. Scored three points.

Was arrested on March 5, 2006 after an off-campus incident, and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.2) Charge for disorderly conduct was cleared in September 2006.3)4)
Lasme: UMass building block (2/27/2006)
Making the leap (2/1/2006)

2004-05 Sophomore year

  • 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)

2003-04 Freshman year



UMass accomplishments:

Triple-Double games:

Career Highs

Points24 - vs Boston College (12/2/2006)
Field Goals9 - twice, last at Xavier (1/18/2007)
Field Goals Att.15 - at West Virginia (3/15/2007)
3-Point FG0
3-Point FG Att.0
Free Throws14 - vs Duquesne (3/5/2005)
Free Throw Att.14 - vs Duquesne (3/5/2005)
Rebounds17 - vs Duquesne (1/21/2007)
Assists4 - vs Fordham (1/19/2005)
Blocks11 - three times, last vs Rhode Island (2/8/2007)
Steals4 - at Saint Joseph's (1/12/2005)
Minutes40 - twice, last vs St. Louis (3/8/2007)

Career Honors

  • Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, 2006-07
  • Atlantic 10 First Team, 2006-07
  • 2-time Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, 2005-06 and 2006-07
  • 2-time Atlantic 10 Defensive Team, 2005-06 and 2006-07
  • 4-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Week (12/31/2005, 11/26/2006, 1/14/2007, 2/11/2007)


  • Grew up playing soccer in Gabon, didn't start basketball until age 15.5)
  • 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.
  • Spent three seasons (2000-2003) playing for the Gabon National Team and coach Arimbi Nkolo.
  • Competed for Gabon in the All-Africa Games.
  • Expressed interest in playing at Boston University.6)
  • Turned in an outstanding performance in the Eastern Invitational (N.J.) All-Star Game in July of 2003. Met UMass Coach Steve Lappas at that camp.7)


  • Yann Stephane Lasme (pronounced steph-ON LAZ-me)
  • Son of Onanga Liliane and Retouano Romain.
  • Brother of Romaric Lasme, Fabienne Dellamonica, Estelle Mbourou, and Judith Ngouatoua.
  • Born December 17, 1982, in Port-Gentil, Gabon.
  • Majored in Biology.
  • Switched to jersey No. 13 as a junior because it was his number in Gabon.
  • Shoe size 14.
  • Met future-wife Anastasia when they were freshmen at UMass. Anastasia is a native of Latvia who later emigrated to Marlboro MA.
  • Daughter Lily born in Summer 2009.


Lasme's Wikipedia page has a more complete list after 2012.

Panathinaikos, Greece, 2012-
Signed with the club in July 2012.8) On July 1, 2013, the club announced that Lasme signed a 2-year extension.9)

Boston Celtics, NBA, 2012
Chosen to be on the team's summer league roster.10)

Obradoiro CAB, Spain, 2011
Signed with the club in August 2011.11)

Maine Red Claws, NBDL, 2010-11
Lasme's player page.
Ultimately played in 10 games on the season, averaging 7.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg.
Returned to action in March 2011.12)
Played in the Red Claws' first pre-season game, but injured foot and underwent surgery.13)
Signed by the team, October 31, 2010.14)

Boston Celtics, NBA, 2010
Participated in pre-season training camp, and played in ## exhibition games, prior to being released as the final pre-season cut.15)

Spartak St. Petersburg, Russia
Club had signed Lasme in August 2010, but Lasme ultimately chose to stay in the US, and club released him before playing in any games.16)17)

Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel, 2009-10
Injured and release by the club in 2010.18)
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, 2008.19)
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
First 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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