Omar Samhan Quotes

by Conor on March 25, 2010

Omar Samhan Quotes

Omar Samhan has not only dominated his opponents last weekend, but also the media all week. He is very active on his own blog, twitter account, and Facebook page, and he is majoring in Journalism.

I saw him once years ago when he played on my younger brothers AAU team. (Of course our high school coach didn’t think he was good enough to play for him, so Omar went to our rival high school and crushed us.) I think he weighed as much back then as he does now (he was 350 lbs entering college). Of course, he was 12 years old then.

Either way, it’s been strange to follow his path. The last time I saw him on TV was when he dunked in pre-game warmups during a game last year and they called a Technical Foul on him prior to the game starting. The opposing team hit a free throw and the score was 1-0 at tip-off. That made Sportscenter.

This week has obviously extended that strange path. Good for him, though. It’s great to see a guy come into college overweight and underathletic and work hard for 5 years to get to this point. He’s steadily improved every year since he was 12 and I hope his path continues in college. If not, at least he has a budding color commentator career in the works as you can see from his quotes this week!

On how long it has been his dream to play in the NBA:

“NBA might have been the first three letters I said.”

His advice to Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew on their upcoming game:

“Make sure your shoes match your belt. That’s important. A lot of people are going to be watching this game. You want to look good. Oh, and make sure you guard me one on one.”

On the reaction on campus:

“They think we one the National Championship. They think the tournament is over. The Gael’s won the championship and they celebrate like it. Kids still aren’t going to class…it’s crazy. The players are in class and the normal students aren’t.”

On how he ended up at St. Mary’s:

“I was a McDonald’s All-American coming out … I was waiting for you to laugh, and you didn’t.”

On being matched against Baylor’s Ekpe Udoh:

“He can jump, and I can’t. He’s fast, and I’m not. He’s strong, and I’m not. Although I’ll have trouble guarding him, he’ll have trouble guarding me.”

From his Facebook page About Me:

“At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far. -Muhammad Ali”

On the Australian players at Saint Mary’s:

“They have brought a different mix to the team. That, and a bunch of bad-tasting food — Vegemite.”

On his team:

“We’re so old school. I’m in low tops. Our star point guard is named Mickey. Enough said.”

On being a big man who likes to play on the post:

“I think the paint’s sexy.”

On being told he’s the best center in the East Bay region near San Francisco (including the Golden State Warriors):

“That’s not saying much, but thank you.”

On having “BEAST” tattooed on the inside of his lower lip:

“Everyone has tattoos on their arms. That’s nothing. I got my mouth tatted.”

On his mom not knowing about his tattoo:

“She’s seen it once. On ESPN, I showed it and I told her it was fake. So if she reads your article, I’ll be like, ‘Mom, I wrote it in there for the game. Obviously, it’s not real.’ Old Irish woman – you can’t scare her.”

After knocking off Richmond:

“I’ve had tons of e-mails saying I can’t believe you won, you messed up my bracket. And that’s from my mom.”

To Villanova’s Corey Stokes at the end of the game:

“Hey, you impressed me tonight. Did I impress you?” Stokes could only muster a smirk, which prompted Samhan to say, “I’ll take your silence as a yes.”

On where the Villanova victory ranked:

“You’re supposed to be diplomatic with questions like this…No. 1. Best win ever. Quote it, Omar Samhan said best win ever.”

On Villanova Coach Jay Wright’s decision not to double him because of the Gael’s good shooters:

“I get it. I’m a slow white guy, and I’m overweight. So maybe you don’t respect me because I have good numbers. But after I kill you the first half, what are you waiting for. I don’t know what he wanted. Did he want me to have 40?”

On not liking his team being labeled Cinderella:

“Cinderella implies we’re lucky or it’s a fairytale. Who do we have to beat for people to think this isn’t a fluke?”

Tuesday morning on Twitter:

“Bed time. I’m trying to win a sweet 16 game and still have to be up till 2am finishing a paper for class! Gotta love the mid majors.”

The Sports Guy, Bill Simmons, on Twitter:

“@sportsguy33 I lost out to Andy Katz??? That’s it, I’m rooting for Baylor. RT @OmarSamhan: Waiting for Andy Katz to call so we can do this interview”

Omar’s response:

“@sportsguy33 where r u my man let’s rap!!!”

Twitter:

“In Weight Room! G. T. L.”

On the fact his mother passed up the opening rounds, booking her trip directly to the regionals:

“She doesn’t understand how big this is. She’s like yeah, just win two games. My mom has had a flight to Houston since Selection Sunday. I’m glad we’ll be there, too, because she was going either way. That’s where we get our confidence from, my mom.”

Watch this video from his blog (which comes from his Youtube handle “poopshower”)…he jokes with his Power Forward for taking two games off!

*image source: daylife.com


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