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|No. 33 – Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut|
|League||Lebanese Basketball League|
|Born||December 26, 1989|
Los Angeles, California
|Nationality||Lebanese / American|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Klein Collins (Spring, Texas)|
|2009–2014||Al Mouttahed Tripoli|
|Career highlights and awards|
Fahedbassel Nazih Bawji (born December 26, 1989) is an American/Lebanese professional basketball player who plays as a power forward/center for Beirut BC of the Lebanese Basketball League. He is 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) tall and weighs 102 kg (225 lb).
At age 15, Bawji started his international career with the Lebanese Junior National Team. In 2006, Bawji travelled to the United States to continue his high school education and compete at the high school level. In 2006, he registered in Cypress Christian school located in Houston TX. The same year Bawji got to win the Texas state championship. The following year Bawji attended Klein Collins High school, where he averaged a double-double (11 pts 12 rebs), which helped him get selected to the Texas All-Star game event, in which he had an impressive 14 points and 18 rebounds. In 2009 Bawji got recruited to the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma (NCAA Division 1), which he decided to leave one year later to pursue a professional career overseas. In 2010 Bawji signed a 1-year contract with Mouttahed club (Tripoli), the same year he got the most improved player award. He then renewed his contract for two more years.
Lebanese Basketball League career
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Bassel Bawji was born in Santa Monica, Los Angeles on December 26, 1989, to parents Nazih Bawji and Sawsan El Sayed. His father Nazih, a former basketball player and captain of Riyadi Club and the Lebanese National team, established the Harlem Basketball Academy (Beirut), the first one in the region. Bassel joined the academy when he was 10 years old. His mother Sawsan was the captain of the Lebanese Volleyball National team. She currently works as a TV presenter at Heya TV and is the owner of El Sawsan Establishment, which specializes in advertising.
Bawji is a power forward. Bawji has established himself as an athletic wingman who constantly attacks the basket. When attacking the basket, Bawji is known to draw the defense in the paint, which allows his teammates to have open shots. At 6 feet 8 inches, Bawji is an above average rebounder, averaging 8.9 rebounds throughout his first three seasons. Bawji is constantly able to get to the free throw line (78% in 2012), contributing to the average of 15.9 points per game throughout his first three seasons. The main weakness cited in Bawji is his lack of ability in three-point range; he has averaged 26.7% on three-point field goal percentage throughout his first three seasons. He can also defend multiple positions due to his athletic ability and strength.
- "Fahedbassel Nazih Bawji was born on December 26, 1989 in Los Angeles County, California". californiabirthindex.org. California Birth Index. Retrieved May 8, 2020.
- Abboud, Dany (March 3, 2012). "Bawji keeps high pressure on himself".