Samhan (center) in 2010
|No. 50 - Plateros Fresnillo|
|Born||November 3, 1988|
|Nationality||American / Egyptian|
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||268 lb (122 kg)|
|High school||San Ramon Valley|
|College||Saint Mary's (2006-2010)|
|NBA draft||2010 / Undrafted|
|2013-2014||Alexandria Sporting Club|
|2016||Atléticos de San Germán|
|2017||Santeros de Aguada|
|2018||Cariduros de Fajardo|
|2019||Mineros de Zacatecas|
|Career highlights and awards|
Omar Hassan Samhan (born November 3, 1988) is an American-Egyptian professional basketball player for Plateros Fresnillo of the Mexican LNBP. He played college basketball for Saint Mary's College of California where he was an honorable mention All-American in 2010. In 2011, Samhan joined the Egypt national basketball team.
In his freshman season at Saint Mary's, Samhan was named to the West Coast Conference All-Freshmen team and was a Freshman All-American selection by CollegeInsider.com. He played in all 32 games including seven starts and was the team's third highest scorer and second highest rebounder, averaged 9.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
In his sophomore season, Samhan earned honorable mention All-WCC honors after starting every game and scoring in double figures 18 times. He finished third on the team in scoring (10.5 ppg) and second in rebounds (7.3 rpg).
In his junior season, Samhan earned first-team All-WCC honors after finishing 10th in the conference in scoring and third in rebounds and was second on the team in scoring (14.1 ppg) and rebounds (9.4 rpg). He also ranked 29th in the country in rebounds per game and 40th in the nation with 2.0 blocks per game.
In his senior season, Samhan scored 61 points in two NCAA tournament victories, including 32 points in a win over Villanova. He earned first-team All-WCC honors for the second straight year and was named the WCC Defensive Player of the Year. He also earned Associated Press honorable mention All-American honors after leading the WCC during the regular season in scoring (21.5 ppg), rebounds (11.1 rpg) and blocks (2.9 bpg).
After going undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft, Samhan joined the Dallas Mavericks for the 2010 NBA Summer League. On July 16, 2010, he signed a two-year deal (with the option of a third) with ?algiris of the Lithuanian Basketball League. He left ?algiris after just one season.
On July 20, 2014, Samhan signed with King Wilki Morskie of Poland for the 2014-15 season. However, On November 3, 2014, Samhan was acquired by the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League. On March 13, 2015, he was waived by the Legends after appearing in 18 games. On April 4, he was acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders, closing out the season with the team.
On December 9, 2015, Samham signed with the Townsville Crocodiles for the rest of the 2015-16 NBL season. He made his debut for the Crocodiles the following day, recording 10 points and 6 rebounds off the bench in a 101-100 win over the Adelaide 36ers. In 12 games for the Crocodiles, he averaged 13.4 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. Following the conclusion of the NBL season, he snubbed both the NW Tasmania Thunder and Taranaki Mountainairs to sign in Puerto Rico with Atléticos de San Germán for the 2016 BSN season.
Omar Samhan played for Team Gael Force in the 2018 edition of The Basketball Tournament. In three games, he averaged a team-high 17.7 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game and 3.7 assists per game. Team Gael Force made it to the Super 16 before falling to eventual tournament runner-up Eberlein Drive.
He also played for the same team in the 2019 edition of the Tournament. In one game, he made the double-double as he scored 12 points , 10 rebounds and 1 steal . Team Gael Force fell to Jackson TN.
Samhan, of Egyptian and Irish descent, is the son of Marianne and Hassan Samhan and is the youngest of four children; he has two older sister, Katie, and older brothers, Sadek and Jon. Samhan is Muslim.