Hippolyte Tsafack #14

Hometown:Yaounde, Cameroon
High School:The Miller School (VA)
Height/Weight:6-8 / 235


Has played in three games ... Averaging 1.0 points and 0.3 boards ... Shooting 50 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the free throw line ... Received a redshirt for the 2010-11 season after suffering a knee injury in late December and did not see any action the remainder of the campaign.

Played in 13 games … Averaged 0.9 points and 0.4 boards … Shot 57.1 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe …

Postseason (NCAA/C-USA Tournaments): Played in two postseason games, with both coming in the Conference USA Tournament … Saw one minute of action in the C-USA Tournament championship game win over Marshall … Tied a season high with five minutes played in the C-USA Tournament semifinal game victory over UCF … Scored three points (1-of-2 FG, 1-of-1 FT) and grabbed one rebound vs. the Knights … The one FG made and two FG attempts tied career bests …

Conference USA play: Saw action in seven league contests … Averaged 1.3 points and 0.6 rebounds … Shot 75 percent from the field and 100 percent from the free throw line … Played two minutes vs. Tulsa in the regular-season finale (road win) and four minutes vs. UCF in the regular-season home finale (win) … Pulled down one rebound in a road win at Marshall … Scored two points (1-of-1 FG) in a home victory over East Carolina … Scored two points (1-of-2 FG) and grabbed one board in a home win over Rice … Netted a career-best five points in a road win at Houston … Scored the five points on a perfect shooting game (1-of-1 FG, 3-of-3 FT) … The three FT made and three FT attempts were career highs and the one FG made tied a career best … Also pulled down a career-high two rebounds vs. the Cougars …

Non-conference play (regular season games only): Played in four non-league games … Saw one minute of game action in a home win over Robert Morris … Played a season-high five minutes in a home victory over Austin Peay … Saw three minutes of action in a home victory over Jackson State … Saw first game action of season (four minutes) in a win over Tennessee in the Maui Invitational.

Saw action in three games … Averaged 1.0 points and 0.3 rebounds … Shot 50 percent from the field and 50 percent from the charity stripe … Had one blocked shot … Started the season as a redshirt, but the redshirt came off in mid-December as a result of Wesley Witherspoon’s injury and Angel Garcia’s decision to play professional basketball overseas … After playing in three games, suffered a knee injury in a Dec. 27 practice and did not see any game action the remainder of the campaign … Received a redshirt for the 2010-11 season …

Non-conference play (regular season games only):Played in three non-conference games … Averaged 1.0 points and 0.3 boards … Shot 50 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the free throw line … Had one blocked shot … Suffered a knee injury in a Dec. 27 practice and missed the remainder of the season … Played two minutes in a home setback to Georgetown … Grabbed first career rebound in a home win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi … Played four minutes vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi … Saw a season-high 10 minutes of action in a home win over Austin Peay … Scored a season-best three points (1-of-1 FG/1-of-2 FT) vs. the Governors … Recorded his first career blocked shot vs. Austin Peay.

Originally from Cameroon and moved to the United States in 2007 …

Played his final season of prep basketball at The Miller School in Charlottesville, Va., in 2009-10 … The Miller School moved to Virginia Independent School Athletic Association (VISAA) Division 1 in 2009-10 (played VISAA Division 2 in 2008-09) … Helped the Mavericks advance to VIS Division 1 state semifinals … Posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in the state semifinal loss … In the VIS Division I state quarterfinal win over Fork Union, posted a double-double of 20 points and 15 boards …

Named to the 2009-10 VISAA Division 1 All-State first team … Selected to 2009-10 Charlottesville Daily Progress’All-Central Virginia second team … Following the 2009-10 season, played in the Jack Jones Shootout in Memphis, Tenn. …

Averaged a double-double of 14.2 points and 11.4 rebounds for the Mavericks in 2009-10 … Also averaged 1.9 blocks per game … Netted double figures in 16 games, including four 20-point performances … Pulled down double-digit boards in 15 games, including a season-high 21 rebounds in a regular season victory over Blue Ridge (90-83) …

Rated the No. 5 “sleeper” of the July 2009 recruiting period, according to nationalhoopsreport.blogspot.com … Rated the No. 20 center in the nation by Scout.com … ESPN.com ranked him among the country’s top power forwards …

In 2008-09 as a junior, averaged 11.7 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots for The Miller School … Helped lead the Mavericks to a 26-3 overall record … The Miller School won its first VISAA Division 2 state championship in 2008-09 … Scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds in the Mavericks’ 69-61 state title game victory over Atlantic Shores Christian.

Why did you choose the University of Memphis?

Coach P was honest with me.

How is it playing for Coach Pastner?

It’s cool. He’s young and we can relate with him but he’s tough on us as well.

What has been the most influential or beneficial tip that Coach Pastner or his staff has ever said to you?

“If you don’t do your job you’ll sit all year.”

What are your thoughts about playing in an NBA arena like the FedEx Forum?

It is amazing, I really love it.

Who is the funniest person on the team, practical joker, etc?

Tarik Black

Up to this point, what is your all time career highlight?

Winning the conference championship in 2010

What things did the Team need to work on during the off season?

Chemistry, rebounding

Which athlete has influenced you the most in how you play and your drive to play?

Jermaine O’Neal

Where is your favorite place to eat when you are hanging with the guys?


When you need a break, what do you do?

Read books.

When did you first realize just how dedicated the city of Memphis is to their Tigers?

On my official visit.

If you could tell people who aren’t from here one thing about Memphis, what would it be?

Great BBQ

What is the one thing you are most proud of when it comes to the City of Memphis?

The history.

Jookin is the newest dance craze to originate in Memphis. Can you Jook and if not, what is your best dance move?

The Hipp dance

Memphis has a prominent place in America’s musical history. Who is your favorite Memphis artist, group, or musician?

B.B. King