Shane Lawal
Personal information
Born (1986-10-08) October 8, 1986 (age 35)
Abeokuta, Nigeria
NationalityNigerian / American
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
High schoolSouthfield (Southfield, Michigan)
NBA draft2009 / Undrafted
Playing career2009–2019
Career history
2009–2010Al Arabi Doha
2011Al-Ahli Benghazi
2012–2013Tezenis Verona
2014–2015Dinamo Sassari
2015–2017FC Barcelona Lassa
2017–2018Sidigas Avellino
Career highlights and awards
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Men's basketball
Representing  Nigeria
FIBA Africa Championship
Gold medal – first place 2015 Tunisia

Olaseni Abdul-Jelili "Shane" Lawal (born October 8, 1986) is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player. He played the center position.

College career

Lawal played college basketball for three years at Oakland University, with the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, before moving to Wayne State University, where he played with the Wayne State Warriors during the 2008–09 season.[1]

Professional career

Lawal went undrafted at the 2009 NBA draft. For the 2009–10 season, he signed with Al Arabi Doha of the Qatari Basketball League.

For the 2010–11 season, he moved to Spain and signed with CB Guadalajara of the LEB Plata. In April 2011, he moved to the Libyan League club Al-Ahli Benghazi for the rest of the season.

In July 2011, he signed with CB Clavijo of the LEB Oro.[2]

On August 5, 2012, he signed with Tezenis Verona of the Italian Legadue Basket.[3] He led the league in rebounding (13.6 rpg) and in blocking shots (1.8 bpg) during the 2012-13 campaign.[4]

On July 29, 2013, Lawal signed a one-year deal with BC Astana of Kazakhstan.[5] With Astana, he won the Kazakh League and Cup in the 2013–14 season.

On July 31, 2014, Lawal signed a one-year deal with the Italian club Dinamo Sassari.[6] With the Italians, he won the season's League, Cup and Supercup. In Euroleague play, Lawal averaged 9 points and 7,3 rebounds in ten games for Sassari that season.[4]

Lawal has also competed for Overseas Elite in The Basketball Tournament. He was a center on the 2015 team that won TBT's $1 million prize.[7]

On July 20, 2015, Lawal signed a two-year deal with the Spanish club FC Barcelona Lassa.[8] On May 12, 2017, he parted ways with Barcelona.[9]

On August 26, 2017, Lawal signed with Italian club Sidigas Avellino.[10] His last stop in professional basketball was Homenetmen Beirut in 2019.[11]

National team

Lawal was Nigeria's top performer at the AfroBasket 2015 , averaging 19.6 efficiency, and 9.0 rebounds per game, as the West Africans clinched their first-ever continental championship in Tunisia.

Coaching career

Before moving to Beirut for his last stint as a professional basketball player in February 2019, he had served as a volunteer assistant coach at John Glenn High School in Westland, Michigan.[12] In 2020, he was appointed as head coach of the girls' basketball team at Renaissance High School in Detroit.[13]

Career statistics

  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


2014–15 Sassari 10 8 23.0 .617 .000 .471 7.3 1.4 1.5 1.5 9.0 15.0
2015–16 Barcelona 17 0 14.9 .673 .000 .594 4.1 .6 .5 .7 5.2 7.7
Career 27 8 17.9 .643 .000 .530 5.3 .9 .9 1.0 6.6 10.4


  1. ^ "Shane Lawal - 2008-09 Men's Basketball". Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  2. ^ "El Clavijo ficha por una temporada al pívot nigeriano Shane Lawal". (in Spanish). July 21, 2011. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  3. ^ Carchia, Emiliano (August 5, 2012). "Tezenis Verona officially signs Shane Lawal". Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "LAWAL, SHANE - Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL". Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  5. ^ "Olaseni Lawal inks with BC Astana". July 29, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  6. ^ "Dinamo Sassari gains rim-protecter in Lawal". July 31, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  7. ^ "Individual payouts for Overseas Elite". Retrieved 2017-05-18.
  8. ^ "Shane Lawal, primer refuerzo para el FC Barcelona Lassa". (in Spanish). July 20, 2015.
  9. ^ "Acord per a la rescissió del contracte de Shane Lawal". (in Spanish). May 12, 2017. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  10. ^ "Scandone Avellino signs Shane Lawal". August 27, 2017. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "Olaseni Lawal". Retrieved 2021-12-05.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "At 6-foot-10, coach for state runner-up Detroit Renaissance has his own view of the game". mlive. 2021-04-12. Retrieved 2021-12-05.
  13. ^ "Former European hoops pro Shane Lawal has Renaissance Phoenix girls on the rise again | State Champs! Sports Network". Retrieved 2021-12-05.