comes into own as Jordan’s young big man
Mohammad Shaher Hussein
has been the youngest member of the Jordanian national team for
the past two summers.
And now the
22-year-old center is slowly coming into his own and could be called upon to
play an important role in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying
The 6-foot-10 big man has developed into a force in the Jordan Premiere League
where he has regularly come up with double-doubles this season.
With his team lacking in size, it shouldn’t be a surprise if Jordan head coach
Tab Baldwin sends the Kuwait native into games against Greece and Puerto Rico.
Besides Hussein, Baldwin only has Zaid Abbas, Ayman Idais and Ali Zaghab at
6-foot-9 or taller. And Idais will be 34 years old in Venezuela and Alkhas 36
years if the coach calls on them. That means the future is well in
the hands of Hussein.
This will be the third major tournament for Hussein, who played one game at
the 2010 FIBA World Championship,
hitting a three pointer in one minute of action against Germany.
At the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship,
Hussein had a bigger role off Baldwin’s bench. He totaled 21 points and 15
rebounds in 43 minutes over six games. His best contest came against Indonesia where
he had 10 points and 6 rebounds in 14 minutes. Hussein also had 4 points and 4
rebounds in just six minutes against China in
the group stage before hitting for 5 points in 11 minutes against United Arab Emirates.
The former Jordanian youth international has been with Premier League teams
since 2008 when he was just 18.
Hussein gained invaluable experience during the 2011-12 Jordanian league season
by playing alongside current of former Jordan internationals such as Islam
Abbaas, Wesam Al-Sous, Abdallah AbuQoura, Mohammad Hadrab, Mousa Alawadi and
That knowledge of the veterans’ playing style and his added confidence
could make Hussein
an integral part of Jordan’s chances to reach the 2012 Olympics for
the first time.
/ 2011 - 2013
- Premier League 2nd
place, Jordan CUP Semi Final
/ 2013 - Elite List
- Premier League
Champion, Jordan CUP Final