14 Hassan Fofana
HASSAN FOFANA entered last season looking forward to his first full year in a Greyhounds uniform and was disappointed with being forced to miss 15 games at midseason after suffering a leg injury during pre-game warmups prior to the game at High Point ... his performance in the final four games of the campaign gave hope for a big senior season for the fifth-year player ... the only true center on the Greyhounds' roster, he is easily one of the bigger players in the MAAC both in terms of height and bulk ... causes problems for most conference opponents in a league that is traditionally dominated by guards and small forwards ... started his career at the University of Maryland where he was recruited to play for the Terrapins by Coach Patsos ... changed his number this year from the "44" he wore during his first two seasons.
Opened the season starting the first eight games of the campaign as Loyola posted a 5-3 record ... suffered a broken bone in his foot during the pre-game warmups prior to the game at High Point (Dec. 22), shelving him for the next 15 games ... was playing some of his best basketball just prior to the injury ... grabbed five or more rebounds in four of the eight games and recorded blocks in six of the eight while playing just 17.5 minutes per game ... played 24 minutes with six points, eight rebounds and three steals in the first Greyhounds victory of the season, a win over North Florida (Nov. 11) ... returned from the injury in mid-February and was slow to find his niche, playing just 33 minutes in his first four games back ... flashed the form he had shown in December over the final two weekends, making 10 of 15 field-goal attempts (66.7 percent) while averaging 11 minutes per game during the stretch ... his season was punctuated by going 5-6 from the floor for 11 points with three rebounds in 13 minutes in the MAAC Championship Semifinal loss to Niagara (Mar. 4).
Joined the team following the conclusion of the fall semester and was immediately inserted into the starting lineup for his first game, a contest at Virginia (Dec. 23) ... played 30 minutes and scored 12 points (6-9 from the floor) with eight rebounds and two blocks ... in his next game at Virginia Military (Dec. 29), he established a career high for minutes played (34) and points scored (21) ... also grabbed seven rebounds while making seven of eight shots from the floor and going 7-10 from the free-throw line ... opened his season with double-figure scoring outings in five of his first six games, missing a chance for six straight after scoring nine points while grabbing 10 rebounds in a win at Delaware (Dec. 31) ... averaged 13.0 points while shooting 61.7 percent (29-47) from the field during that stretch ... did not reach double digits in scoring again during the season until he posted his second career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds in a non-conference win against High Point (Feb. 17) ... first double-double came with 10 points and 12 rebounds against Niagara in his first MAAC game (Jan. 6) ... collected career-high five blocks against Siena (Feb. 2) ... started 21 of the 22 games in which he was eligible.
2004-05 (at Maryland)
Appeared in just four games before leaving the Terrapins program to transfer to Loyola ... twice collected four points in a game for his eight points that season ... one of those outings was against George Mason (Dec. 4) where he also grabbed three rebounds in nine minutes.
2003-04 (at Maryland)
A member of the 2004 ACC Tournament championship team that received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round ... played in 28 of the team's 32 games, including each of the final 18 which included the postseason run ... primarily came off the bench to provide size and rebounding ... did not play in his first three ACC opportunities, but made the most of his chance in just his second conference game when he played 15 minutes and scored four points in a game at Clemson (Jan. 25) ... followed that with a then career-high 10-rebound outing in 20 minutes at Virginia (Feb. 4) ... seven of those rebounds were off the offensive glass and he converted them into five points ... established a then career-high with six points at Duke (Feb. 22), playing 15 minutes ... set a then career-high with 25 minutes played against Wake Forest (Feb. 28), scoring three points and grabbing six rebounds ... made his collegiate debut against American (Nov. 22), recording two blocked shots in six minutes ... first points as a collegian came in a game against Hofstra (Nov. 29) when he tallied a first-half free throw and later added a basket after halftime.
Averaged 16.5 points per game and 10.1 rebounds at Hargrave Military Academy and was a teammate of current Greyhounds teammate Gerald Brown ... scored seven points with five rebounds as a participant on the United States Team in Baltimore's Charm City Challenge in April 2003 ... attended Holy Name Academy in Worcester, Mass., prior to his enrollment at Hargrave ... a soccer player as a youngster which has added to his footwork and agility.
The son of Foumgbé and Mariame Fofana, Hassan Fofana was born on April 19, 1983 ... the seventh of 12 children, he was born in Guinea on the West Coast of Africa and moved with his family to Togo at age five ... majoring in Comparative Cultural Studies at Loyola.