Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pops Mensah-Bonsu to Maccabi?

There are rumors in many different european media about a possible deal of ghanaian power forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (2.06-PF) will be signing a 2+1 seasons deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Bonsu becomes another player in a very long list of players that have been associated with rumors to Maccabi. He signed a 10-day contract with San Antonio back in February and after that he signed with the Raptors.

He was born in London and played collegiately at George Washington University. He spent four years with the Colonials finishing his career second on the school’s all-time blocks list (141) while earning Atlantic-10 All Conference First Teams honors during his senior year. Mensah-Bonsu was signed by the Dallas Mavericks after going unpicked in the 2006 NBA Draft.

During the 2006-07 season he appeared in 12 games with the Mavericks, averaging 2.4 points and 1.0 rebounds in 5.9 minutes. The 25-year-old Mensah-Bonsu had also played for the Austin Toros, the Spurs NBA D-League affiliate. In eight games with the Toros, he averaged 26.6 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.50 blocks in 39.8 minutes. 

His best game with the Toros came on 2/22 vs. Colorado where he had 39 points and 18 rebounds in 47 minutes.  He is also a member of the National Team of Great Britain and he will be taking part with them in the Eurobasket 2009 in Poland. In Europe he played for Benetton Treviso, Badalona and one game for Granada that actually saved the team from relegation. He averaged 5 points and 5.1 rebounds in 19 games with the Toronto Raptors.

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