50  Almamy Thiero
Almamy Thiero

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Mali, West Africa

High School:
Mt. Zion (N.C.) Academy

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 255

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
09/07/1983

Experience:
2L


Career: Fifth-year senior who missed the 2005-06 season recovering from an ACL injury suffered in the summer of 2005 ... Played first full season in 2004-05 after seeing limited action in his first two campaigns due to injuries ... Has played in 28 games ... Averaging 0.5 points and 1.5 rebounds ... Has six blocked shots ... Missed most of the 2003-04 campaign with a medical condition ... After seeing action in three games, a medical check-up found blood clots near the lungs ... Did not play or practice the remainder of the 2003-04 season ... Played in two games as a true freshman in 2002-03, but missed the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for a stress fracture in his lower leg.

2005-06 Season: Missed the 2005-06 campaign recovering from an ACL injury suffered in the summer of 2005.

2004-05 Season: Played his first full season in a Tiger uniform after injury-plagued freshman and sophomore campaigns ... Saw action in 23 games ... Averaged 0.5 points and 1.7 rebounds ... Had five blocks ... Postseason (NIT/C-USA Tournament): Saw action in six of the eight postseason contests ... Averaged 0.3 points and 0.8 rebounds in the postseason ... Played in three of the four NIT games ... In Conference USA Tournament play, saw action in three games ... Averaged 0.7 points and 1.7 boards ... Grabbed two rebounds vs. USF in the semifinals ... Had two points and three boards vs. Saint Louis in the C-USA Tournament opening round ... Conference USA play: Played in eight games ... Averaged 1.0 rebounds in league action ... Had one block ... Posted one rebound and one block vs. Cincinnati ... Pulled down three boards vs. Saint Louis ... Grabbed three rebounds vs. Tulane ... Non-conference play: Saw action in nine games ... Averaged 1.1 points and 2.8 boards ... Shot 75 percent from the free throw line ... Had two points and three rebounds vs. Austin Peay ... Posted two points and six rebounds vs. Maryland ... Netted a career-high three points vs. Arkansas State ... Grabbed a career-best seven boards vs. Syracuse ... Had five rebounds in season opener vs. Savannah State.

2003-04 Season: Missed the majority of the season as a result of blood clots found near the lungs ... The condition was diagnosed in mid-December and he did not see action the remainder of the campaign ... Was cleared to travel with team for the first time since diagnosis and made the trip to TCU Jan. 31 ... Trip was his first with squad since Dec. 6 ... Traveled with the team the rest of the season, but did not dress out for the games ... Non-conference play: Prior to medical condition, saw action in three games ... Had one board and one steal vs. Tennessee Martin ... The steal was the first of his career ... Scored first career point vs. Fordham ... Also grabbed three boards vs. the Rams ... Had one block vs. Wake Forest.

2002-03 Season: Received a medical redshirt after seeing very limited playing time ... Underwent surgery Nov. 5, 2002, to have a metal rod placed in his lower leg after suffering a stress fracture to his tibia in practice Nov. 1 ... Played a total of two minutes in mid-December games against Missouri and Ole Miss before a decision was made to petition the NCAA for a medical redshirt which sidelined him the remainder of the year ... Had a second surgery on the leg during the summer of 2003.

High School: Averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds and a block for Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, N.C. ... Named the team's most valuable player as a senior ... Averaged 18 points and 14 rebounds as a junior ... Prep squad is a perennial national power which has produced such players as Donald Little (Cincinnati) and Rodney White (Charlotte) as well as NBA All-Star and Houston Rocket guard Tracy McGrady ... Was salutatorian of the senior class at Mount Zion.

Personal: Full name is Almamy Seny Amadou Yattabary Thiero ... Born on September 7, 1983 ... Son of Amadou Thiero and Oumou Diagouraga ... Graduated with a bachelor's degree in French in May 2006 ... Will take undergraduate courses toward a minor in 2006-07.

Other Tidbits: Has nine brothers and sisters ... His photograph of the Tiger for Memphis' annual publicity campaign produced by Sossaman + Associates was featured in the 44th Communications Arts Photography Annual ... Has a son, Amadou Almamy Thiero.

                           	-- Total --	-- 3-Point --	                 -- Rebounds --
Year	GP-GS	Min/Avg	FG-A	Pct	FG-A	Pct	FT-A	Pct	Off-Def	Tot	Avg	PF-FO	A	TO	B	ST	Pts-Avg
2002-03	2-0	2/1.0	0-0	.000	0-0	.000	0-0	.000	0-0	0	0.0	1-0	0	0	0	0	0-0.0
2003-04	3-0	16/5.3	0-3	.000	0-0	.000	1-3	.333	2-2	4	1.3	5-0	0	0	1	1	1-0.3
2004-05	23-0	116/5.0	3-12	.250	0-0	.000	6-10	.600	16-22	38	1.7	26-0	1	4	5	0	12-0.5
2005-06						-- DNP --
Total	28-0	134/4.8	3-15	.200	0-0	.000	7-13	.538	18-24	42	1.5	32-0	1	4	6	1	13-0.5
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