As a Sophomore in 2007-08: Led the team in blocks 28 times, tallying at least three on 26 occasions, while also earning seven double-doubles ... Has seen action in all 33 games, starting 32 ... Averaging 10.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game ... Finished the season ranked No. 3 in the country in blocked shots ... Named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year ... Earned Second Team All-BIG EAST honors ... Named to the NABC All-District 1 Second Team ... Had 14 points and posted five blocks against San Diego in the NCAA First Round ... Had six points, six rebounds and two blocks in BIG EAST Quarterfinals vs. West Virginia ... Shot 100 percent from the field and the line for 15 points against Cincinnati, while also breaking the BIG EAST single-season record for blocks (94), previously held by Georgetown's Alonzo Mourning (93, 1991-92), with eight on the night ... Had team-leading 16 points to go with 13 rebounds and six blocks against Providence ... Had a team-leading 16 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks in win over DePaul ... Named to BIG EAST weekly honor roll (Feb. 11) after wins against Syrause and Georgia Tech ... Had double-double performance with career-high 24 points and 15 rebounds (10 defensive) against Georgia Tech ... Earned seven blocks against Syracuse ... Named to BIG EAST weekly honor roll (Jan. 28) after wins against Indiana and Cincinnati ... Had 12 points off 6-of-7 shooting against Indiana ... Scored a career-high tying 22 points vs. Cincinnati, while also tallying seven rebounds ... Put up well-rounded effort against Marquette, tallying 15 points, seven boards and six blocks ... Put up school record-tying 10 blocks against Notre Dame, tying the Joyce Center record for most blocked shots by an opponent set by Bill Walton of UCLA on January 27, 1973 ... Earned double-double with 15 points and 11 boards in BIG EAST opener vs. Seton Hall ... Hit 10-of-13 shots from the charity stripe against Maine, tallying 16 points and 10 rebounds ... Posted 12 points and 12 rebounds, as well as nine blocks, in win over Florida A&M ... Earned career highs in points (22) and rebounds (14) against Gardner-Webb in Hartford .
As a Freshman in 2006-07: Named to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team... Starting center for all 31 games with 6.2 points and 6.4 rebounds, along with 118 blocks in 24.5 minutes per game... Led team in blocks on 23 occasions, putting up two or more in 25 contests ... Notched double-digits for second time in conference play with 11 points at Syracuse... Tallied nine points, seven blocks and six rebounds in win over Seton Hall... Notched seven rebounds and seven blocks against Georgia Tech... Tallied 11 rebounds, eight points and five blocks in overtime win against Rutgers... Posted a near triple-double with 12 points, 10 boards and seven blocks in win over St. John's... Had first career double-double against Coppin State, tallying 11 points and 12 rebounds... Scored a career-high 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting against Pepperdine in just 16 minutes of action... Put up a school record-tying 10 blocks in win over Texas Southern to go with seven points and four rebounds... Named to Hispanic College Fund Classic all-tournament team after grabbing nine boards and putting up three blocks in finale against Mississippi... Totaled 12 points and nine blocks in 31 minutes against Fairfield... Posted 11 rebounds and seven blocks to go with five points and an assist against Quinnipiac.
Before UConn: As a senior in 2005-06 at Cypress Christian School in Houston, Texas, he averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game... He was a Second Team All-City Selection... Competed in the 2006 Global Games in Dallas from June 19-24, 2006 as a member of the African team, helping the team to a fifth place finish by averaging 7.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots... Had 14 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in a win over Puerto Rico on June 22 and had ten points, nine boards and six blocks in a loss to the United States on June 21.
Personal Information: Hashim Thabit Manka... His name is pronounced: Ha-Sheem Thaa-BEET... Born February 16, 1987 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania... Son of Mr. Thabit Manka (deceased) and Rukia Manka... His mother still resides in Dar Es Salaam... Has one sister, Sham and one brother, Akbar.
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