Hasheem Thabeet (born Hashim Thabit Manka on February 16, 1987 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) Name is pronounced Ha-SHEEM Tha-BEET. Name in Arabic means “destroyer of evil”. Son of Mr. Thabit Manka (deceased) and Rukia Manka Hasheem Has one sister, Sham, and one brother, Akbar. After growing up as a soccer player, he began playing organized basketball when he was 15 years old.
He is the first Tanzanian-born player to be drafted by an NBA team. When first recruited from Tanzania, Thabeet was fluent in Swahili and French but knew little English.
The tallest player in UConn and Memphis Grizzlies history… Earned money for his family as a runway model in Dar Es Salaam… Facilitated his own college recruitment by finding and emailing college coaches through Google… His iPod is engraved with his nickname and number, “Hasheem the Dream 34,
He once memorized the preamble to the United States Constitution in high school in Swahili before memorizing it in English
Currently Hasheem is a Tanzanian professional basketball player who plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. At 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m), the tallest active player in the NBA.