Tariq Abdul-Wahad (born Olivier Michael Saint-Jean; November 3, 1974) is a French basketball coach and former player. Abdul-Wahad is the current head coach of varsity boys' basketball at Lincoln High School of San Jose, California. As Olivier Saint-Jean, he played college basketball at Michigan and San Jose State. In 1997, the Sacramento Kings selected Saint-Jean in the first round of the NBA draft as the 11th overall pick, and Saint-Jean converted to Islam and changed his name to Tariq Abdul-Wahad. From 1997 to 2003, Abdul-Wahad played in the NBA for the Kings, Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, and Dallas Mavericks. He was the first player to be raised in France and play in the NBA.
|Born||November 3, 1974|
Maisons-Alfort, Val-de-Marne, France
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||223 lb (101 kg)|
|High school||Aristide Briand (Évreux)|
San Jose State (1995–1997)
|NBA draft||1997 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall|
|Selected by the Sacramento Kings|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|2011–2012||Cal State Monterey Bay (women's asst.)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||1,830 (7.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||776 (3.3 rpg)|
|Assists||266 (1.1 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Early life and college yearsEdit
Olivier Saint-Jean was born in Maisons-Alfort near Paris from parents who were natives of French Guiana. His mother George Goudet was a professional basketball player. After graduating from Lycee Aristide Briand in 1993, Abdul-Wahad first played college basketball for two years at Michigan and transferred to San Jose State in 1995. Abdul-Wahad was part of the San Jose State team that won the 1996 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament and made the NCAA tournament despite a 13-16 record. He changed his name to Tariq Abdul-Wahad after converting to Islam in 1997.
He was known as a defensive specialist, but his playing time was restricted in later seasons due to injuries. He only played in 236 out of a possible 788 games. In the whole 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons Abdul-Wahad was on the Dallas Mavericks' roster on injured reserve, as he was permanently unable to play. He was released by Mavericks on 28 September 2005, during training camp prior to the 2005–06 season. In November 2006 Italian team Climamio Bologna invited Abdul-Wahad to a try out, but he was not signed.
His No. 3 jersey was retired by San Jose State in 2002, however the banner hanging in the Event Center Arena refers to him as Olivier Saint-Jean, the name he used while in college.
Abdul-Wahad's peak year as a pro was with the Sacramento Kings in the lockout-shortened 1999 NBA season, when he was a starter for the team. They pushed the Utah Jazz to the brink of elimination but lost in the fifth and final game of the series.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|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||Bold||Career high|
National team careerEdit
In 2005, Abdul-Wahad played the part of King Negus of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in the video play Mercy to Mankind: Part 1, The Prophecy Fulfilled, sponsored by the MAS (Muslim American Society) Youth Chapter, Dallas, Texas.
Abdul-Wahad finished his B.A. in art history at San Jose State University in 2008 and enrolled in the M.A. program at San Jose State afterwards. He later started a clothing business in Brazil with a friend and a television production company in France.
- "Art, Hoops and Business: Nothing But Net". Washington Square. San Jose State University. Winter 2009. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- Wertheim, L. Jon (March 20, 2000). "The Court Is His Canvas". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- "Tariq Abdul-Wahad". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- Tariq Abdul-Wahad leaves Bologna
- "Mercy to Mankind: Prophecy Fulfilled".
- "Tariq Abdul-Wahad". San Jose State Athletics. August 5, 2008. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
- Brown, Daniel (January 5, 2013). "Flying Frenchman, Tariq Abdul-Wahad, returns to San Jose as coach". San Jose Mercury News.
- Tariq Abdul–Wahad Joins Women's Basketball Staff