Romain Sato

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Romain Sato
Romain Sato.jpg
Sato, in 2013.
Personal information
Born (1981-03-02) March 2, 1981 (age 38)
Bimbo, Central African Republic
NationalityCentral African
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolDayton Christian (Dayton, Ohio)
CollegeXavier (2000–2004)
NBA draft2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52nd overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Playing career2004–2017
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Career history
2004–2006Aurora Jesi
2006Barcelona
2006–2010Mens Sana Siena
2010–2012Panathinaikos
2012–2013Fenerbahçe
2013–2017Valencia
Career highlights and awards

Romain Guessagba-Sato-Lebel (born March 2, 1981), generally known as Romain Sato, is a former Central African professional basketball player. Standing at a height of 1.96 m (6' 5"), he played as a swingman.

High school[edit]

Sato attended Dayton Christian High School, while living in Moraine, Ohio, in the United States. While there, he played basketball.

College career[edit]

Sato graduated from Xavier University in 2004, having majored in French, after playing college basketball with the Xavier Musketeers.

Professional career[edit]

Sato was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2004 NBA draft, and was subsequently waived on February 24, 2005. After being drafted by the Spurs, Sato played in the Italian Second Division[1] with Sicc Cucine Jesi, he was the league's second-leading scorer in the 2005–06 season, averaging 25.5 points per game, and also adding 7.5 rebounds per game.

In Romain's three playoff games that season, he averaged 35 points and 14.6 rebounds. From there, he went to FC Barcelona to play in the 2006 Spanish ACB League playoffs.[2] Sato then returned to Italy to play in the top Italian League with Montepaschi Siena for the 2006–07 season. In his first season with Siena, he helped Montepaschi to win the Scudetto (Italian Championship),[3] and he then went on to win three more Scudetti with Siena, he was named the Italian League MVP in 2010.[4]

In July 2010, he signed a three-year contract with Panathinaikos. In the summer of 2012, he signed a two-year contract with Fenerbahçe Ülker,[5] he left them after one season. In August 2012, he signed a one-year deal with the Spanish team Valencia Basket.[6] On July 1, 2014, he re-signed with Valencia Basket for two more years.[7]

Central African Republic national team[edit]

Sato played with the senior men's Central African Republic national basketball team at the 2009 FIBA Africa Championship, he averaged 21.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game at the tournament, and was named to the All-Tournament First Team.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

Denotes seasons in which Sato won the EuroLeague

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2007–08 Montepaschi Siena 23 22 28.0 .442 .347 .731 4.9 1.0 1.8 .1 11.6 12.7
2008–09 Montepaschi Siena 20 19 25.8 .462 .400 .814 3.9 .7 1.8 .1 10.1 10.8
2009–10 Montepaschi Siena 16 16 28.0 .490 .396 .855 5.3 1.3 1.5 .0 13.6 16.3
2010–11 Panathinaikos 21 16 26.2 .413 .388 .813 3.9 1.1 .7 .1 9.0 10.1
2011–12 Panathinaikos 23 20 26.0 .410 .347 .712 4.7 1.0 .7 .4 7.1 8.6
2012–13 Fenerbahçe Ülker 23 23 27.0 .408 .341 .810 4.2 1.3 .7 .1 7.3 8.2
2014–15 Valencia Basket 9 6 27.3 .362 .292 .800 4.8 1.1 .9 .6 6.3 6.7
Career 126 122 26.8 .433 .364 .789 4.4 1.1 1.2 .2 9.4 10.6

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coro, Paul (July 5, 2006). "Sato may fill Suns' need". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 2007-06-28.
  2. ^ "First Team Roster: Romain Sato". Mens Sana Basket. Archived from the original on 2007-12-05. Retrieved 2008-02-20.
  3. ^ "Xavier University Graduate Romain Sato Wins Italian Title". CSTV. June 19, 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-28.
  4. ^ Legabasket.it – Gli MVP di Lega: Romain Sato è il miglior giocatore della stagione regolare (in Italian).
  5. ^ "Fenerbahce signs Romain Sato". Sportando.net. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  6. ^ "VALENCIA BASKET announces power Romain Sato". Eurocupbasketball.com. 2 August 2013. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Romain Sato will stay in Valencia two more years". Euroleague.net. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.

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