32 Omari Isreal
OMARI ISREAL first appeared in uniform for the Greyhounds following the fall semester and started in his debut at High Point ... remained in the starting lineup for the final 23 contests at center ... showed his athleticism and consistency from the onset ... ranged between 14 and six points and 12 and three rebounds in every outing during the regular season ... has an ability to grab a defensive rebound and bring the ball up court to begin an offensive set ... has unique quickness for a player his size which causes matchup problems for opponents ... a good mid-range shooter who plays around the basket and gets to the free-throw line ... followed Gerald Brown as a Maryland-area player who chose Loyola after initially opting to attend school outside of the Mid-Atlantic territory.
Entered the starting lineup for the first game in which he was eligible and stayed there for the remainder of the season ... established career highs in every offensive category in that debut at High Point (Dec. 22) highlighted by 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal ... grabbed eight rebounds with eight points at Michigan State (Dec. 30) ... scored 10 points in his home debut in a win over Marist (Jan. 2) ... collected double-doubles in each game over a stretch of three home games ... first of those came against Manhattan (Jan. 24) with career-best 14 points and 11 rebounds ... established career-highs in rebounds (12) and blocked shots (four) to go along with 12 points in the next home contest, a win over Siena (Jan. 29) ... followed that with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the home win over Canisius, making five of seven shots from the floor ... had his best night from the floor in the MAAC Championship Quarterfinal win at Fairfield, scoring 13 points without missing a shot from either the floor or the free-throw line ... part of that point total was a three-point shot as time expired in the first half to give Loyola a lead at the intermission ... it was his only three-point attempt of the season and just the second of his career, both being successful attempts ... ended the season scoring in double digits in five of the last eight games ... averaged 10.8 points and 7.1 rebounds in his nine appearances in Reitz Arena.
Was enrolled and attended the University of Notre Dame but left the Fighting Irish basketball program during the preseason so he did not participate in any game action ... began attending Loyola with the start of the 2006 spring semester ... practiced with the Greyhounds for the remainder of the season.
2004-05 (at Notre Dame)
Participated in 19 games in his first season playing with the Fighting Irish, including seeing action in the first 10 games of the campaign ... debuted with three points in seven minutes in home win against Harvard (Nov. 19) ... followed that with consecutive outings where he played double-digit minutes, scoring two points against Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne (Nov. 23) and four points against Charleston Southern (Nov. 26) ... played in just three of the first 12 BIG EAST conference games and then appeared in six straight to end the regular season ... played a season-high 18 minutes and grabbed a season-best six rebounds at Connecticut (Feb. 21) and then established a season mark with five points in a home game against UCLA (Feb. 27) ... scored four points and handed out three assists in 15 minutes in a home win against Rutgers (Mar. 2) ... Irish were selected that season to participate in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and suffered a first-round home loss to Holy Cross College.
2003-04 (at Notre Dame)
Missed his entire freshman campaign while continuing to recover from a knee injury he suffered during his senior year of high school ... Irish advanced to the third round of the NIT, dropping a home contest to Oregon.
The first four-year starter in the history of Our Lady of Good Counsel HS, he scored more than 1,500 career points and averaged 10.0 rebounds over those four years ... the team captain as a senior, his season was cut short after suffering a torn left ACL and undergoing surgery in January 2003 ... still earned honorable mention All-Met honors that season ... averaged 18.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots as a junior after averaging 15.0 points and 8.3 rebounds with 70 blocks as a sophomore ... was named second team All-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference following each of those seasons ... selected to participate in the 2003 Charm City Classic, but did not play due to injury ... was a member of the D.C. Assault AAU team and led his team to the Charlie Weber Tournament championship which was held at the University of Maryland prior to his senior season.
The son of Clarence and Denise Isreal, Omari Jumaane Isreal was born on December 4, 1984 ... the youngest of three children ... majoring in Sociology at Loyola.