Mouhammadou Jaiteh
Jaiteh with France in 2015
Virtus Bologna
PositionPower forward / Center
LeagueLBA
EuroCup
Personal information
Born (1994-11-27) 27 November 1994 (age 26)
Pantin, France
NationalityFrench
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight246 lb (112 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2015 / Undrafted
Playing career2010–present
Career history
2010–2012INSEP
2012–2013SOMB
2013–2016Nanterre 92
2016–2017SIG Strasbourg
2017–2018Limoges CSP
2018–2019Auxilium Torino
2019–2020Avtodor Saratov
2020–2021Gaziantep
2021–presentVirtus Bologna
Career highlights and awards
Medals
Men's basketball
Representing  France
EuroBasket
Bronze medal – third place 2015 France

Mouhammadou Einstein Jaiteh (born 27 November 1994), commonly known as Mam Jaiteh, is a French professional basketball player of Senegalese and Gambian descent.[1] He plays for Virtus Bologna of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA).

Early life and career

In his youth, Jaiteh originally played soccer with friends, before beginning his basketball career at 13.[2] After playing for INSEP for a few years, Jaiteh would participate at the 2010 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship, and then the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championships in 2011 and 2012. The 2012 championship had Jaiteh leading all competitors in rebounds per game.

Professional career

After being recruited by the Connecticut Huskies, Washington Huskies, Gonzaga Bulldogs, and Virginia Tech Hokies, Jaiteh decided to sign a two year contract to play with the Stade Olympique Maritime Boulonnais of the LNB Pro B (French 2nd Division), where he would get more playing time. During that period, Jaiteh was considered as a finalist for France's Pro B MVP award, due to his performance of averaging 16.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, in 27.6 minutes of play per game.[3] On May 3, 2013, Jaiteh ended up being declared the winner of the 2013 LNB Pro B French Player's MVP award, as well as the winner of the LNB Pro B Most Improved Player award.[4]

In 2013, Jaiteh was selected to participate in the Nike Hoop Summit. During the competition, he would score 6 points and grab 9 rebounds, to help the World Team win the competition. Two days after performing in the competition on April 20, Jaiteh decided to officially declare for the 2013 NBA draft.[5] He was projected to go between the late first round and the second round of the draft, but Jaiteh wanted to be convinced that he would be drafted in the first round by somebody. Ultimately, Jaiteh ended up withdrawing from the draft, because of that issue, and he ended up withdrawing alongside fellow Frenchmen Louis Labeyrie and Axel Toupane.[6][7]

On July 28, 2013, Jaiteh signed a contract with the French team JSF Nanterre.[8] Jaiteh would officially declare for the 2015 NBA draft, in April 2015, after trying to gain earlier recognition as a prospect in the 2014 NBA draft. A few weeks before the 2015 NBA draft took place, Nanterre would win the 2014–15 EuroChallenge championship, with Jaiteh helping the team by grabbing 7 timely rebounds in a close, buzzer-beating 64–63 victory over Trabzonspor Medical Park. As an early entrant in the 2015 NBA draft, he went undrafted.

On July 28, 2016, Jaiteh signed with SIG Strasbourg.[9]

On November 8, 2018, Jaiteh signed a deal with Auxilium Torino.[10]

On July 29, 2019, he has signed with Avtodor Saratov of the VTB United League. [11]

On June 30, 2020, he has signed with Gaziantep Basketbol of the Turkish Basketbol Süper Ligi (BSL).[12]

On July 20, 2021, he signed a two-year deal with Virtus Bologna of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA).[13]

Personal life

Jaiteh's father descended from Senegal, while his mother descended from the Gambia. Although he is of both Senegalese and Gambian descent, he does not officially hold any Senegalese or Gambian nationality.

Career statistics

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

EuroLeague

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2013–14 Nanterre 10 0 12.6 .559 .000 .727 3.7 .3 .4 .4 4.6 6.1
Career 10 0 12.6 .559 .000 .727 3.7 .3 .4 .4 4.6 6.1

Honours

References

  1. ^ "DraftExpress - Mouhammadou Jaiteh DraftExpress Profile: Stats, Comparisons, and Outlook". DraftExpress. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-04-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Soirée des Trophées : MVP Français Pro B | LNB.fr". www.lnb.fr. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  4. ^ "LNB (@LNBofficiel) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  5. ^ Price, Satchel (2013-04-22). "Mouhammadou Jaiteh to enter 2013 NBA Draft". SBNation.com. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  6. ^ "Draft 2013 : Mouhammadou Jaiteh retire son nom". Basket USA (in French). Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  7. ^ "HoopsHype". HoopsHype. Retrieved 2019-08-19.
  8. ^ "Nanterre adds young star Mouhammadou Jaiteh". Sportando. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  9. ^ "MOuhammadou Jaiteh rejoint la SIG Strasbourg" (in French). sigstrasbourg.fr. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  10. ^ "La Fiat Torino ingaggia il pivot Mouhammadou Jaiteh" [Fiat Torino signed Mouhammadou Jaiteh] (in Italian). legabasket.it. 8 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Avtodor Saratov sign Mouhammadou Jaiteh". Sportando. July 29, 2019. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  12. ^ "Gaziantep adds Jaiteh to their roster". Eurobasket.com. June 30, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  13. ^ "MOUHAMMADOU JAITEH NUOVO ACQUISTO DI VIRTUS SEGAFREDO BOLOGNA". virtus.it (in Italian). 20 July 2021.