Before umass

Stephane started playing basketball at the age of 14, in Aveley Club Portg-Gentil for coach Onanga Maxwell.  Aveley Club is a youth club created as an after school program. At 16 he was selected to Gabon national team. Spent 5 seasons (1998-2003) with the national team and coach Arimbi Nkolo.  While attending Leon MBA High School from 2000-2002, where he played for coach Ebolo Firmin in the African High School Federation.  Played for Capo Liberville in the 2002 FIBA Africa Basketball Club Championship and for Gabon in 2005 FIBA Africa Championship. Moved to the U.S. in February 2003 and enrolled in ESL program at Emmanuel college. Stephane showed an outstanding performance in the Eastern Invitational (N.J.) All-Star Game in July of 2003 earning attention from major D1 basketball programs around the country.


  • In June 2007, Lasme was selected in the second round, 46th overall, in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors.
  • In March 2008, Lasme signed with the Miami Heat.
  • In September 2008, Lasme signed to the Adriatic League champions Partizan Belgrade. Reaching Euroleague's Top 8 and winning regional ABA championship, Serbian national championship and the Serbian Cup titles with the team.
  • In July 2009, Lasme signed with the Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv.  Reaching the Euroleague's Top 8.  On June 8, 2010, Maccabi announced that they had released Lasme, after a foot injury had limited his playing time towards the end of the season.
  • In July 2010, Lasme joined the Boston Celtics for their 2010 training camp.  However, he was waived on October 20.
  • In August 2011, Lasme signed with the Spanish League newcomers Obradoiro CAB.
  • In September 2012, Lasme signed a 1-year deal with the Greek club Panathinaikos Athens.  He was named Euroleague Best Defender of the year, Greek league MVP and Greek league Best Defender.  Once again, reaching Euroleague's Top 8.
  • In July 2013, Lasme renewed his contract with Panathinaikos BC Athens.  Named to the All-Euroleague Second Team, the Greek league's Best Defensive Player of the year and the Greek league First Team.
  • In June 2014, Lasme signed a 2-year deal with Turkish powerhouse Anadolu Efes.
  • In July 2015, Stephane signed with Galatasaray BC.
  • In February 2017, Lasme was acquired by the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.
  • In July 2017, Lasme signed with Russian club UNICS.
  • In June 2018, Stephane Lasme signed with Panathinaikos BC Athens.



Yann Ulrich Stephane Lasme (born December 17, 1982) is a Gabonese professional basketball player born in Port-Gentil ,Gabon. He played NCAA college basketball at the University of Massachusetts (UMass), with the UMass Minutemen, and first Gabonese player to be selected by the Golden State Warriors in the second round, 46th overall, in the 2007 NBA Draft.



"Stephane, I'd say, is one of the best defenders in the nation, bar none. He can really change a game with his defense, he is a difference maker. He is one of the best shot blockers I have ever coached. The general consensus around the Atlantic 10 is that Stephane may be the best pro prospect in the league this year. I hadn't looked at it in that aspect. But I can't 100% disagree. For what he can do and how much he has gotten better this year. He is the number one returning shot blocker in Division 1 this year with Josh Boone from UConn in the NBA and Shawn James (Northeastern) sitting out after transferring. Stephane's offensive game is coming along. Stephane comes to the gym everyday ready to work, listen and learn and his best days are ahead of him. I think once he realizes how good he could be, the sky is the limit for him."

Coming in as a freshman in 2003, Lasme was a wiry 6' 8", 190 pound mystery, but proved his defensive value by finishing the season as the Atlantic 10's second-leading shot blocker, while limited to just a 13.3 minutes per game average. As a sophomore, he started all 28 games for theMinutemen, and again finished as the league's second-leading shot blocker.Lasme continued his progression during his junior year. He started 27 of the team's 28 games (Senior Day being the exception), scored in double figures 15 times, and finished the year with a 10.5 average. Lasme was two blocks short of a triple-double against St. Peter's on December 27, 2005, with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 8 blocks. By the end of the season, Lasme blocked a total of 108 shots, an average of 3.9 per game, good for third-highest in the nation. The A-10 honored Lasme with their Defensive Player of the Year award. His senior year at UMass was filled with personal accomplishments, records, and team success. He was named an AP Honorable Mention All-American, the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He ranked first in the league in blocks and rebounding, and second in field goal percentage. He scored more than 20 points on four occasions, grabbed 10 or more rebounds on 17 occasions, and 10 or more blocks on four occasions. During the season, Lasme averaged 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 5.1 blocks per game, and led the Minutemen into the NIT, the team's first post-season play since the 1999–2000 season.In the 2006–07 season, Lasme tied an NCAA record with four triple-doubles in a single season, joining Jason Kidd (1994 at Cal) and Michael Anderson (1986 at Drexel). While Kidd and Anderson accomplished the feat by achieving double figures in scoring, rebounds, and assists, Lasme's triple-doubles are in scoring, rebounds and blocks. His four triple-doubles were:vs. St. Francis on November 22 (19 pts, 10 reb, 11 blocks);vs. George Washington on January 10 (23 pts, 15 reb, 11 blocks); vs. Rhode Island on February 8 (18 pts, 12 reb, 11 blocks) andvs. La Salle on February 28 (17 pts, 10 reb, 10 blocks). Also in 2006–07, Lasme set new UMass records for career blocked shots (399), single season blocked shots (168), and blocks per game (11), passing Marcus Camby on all three lists.