2003-04 Season: Played in 29 games, starting each ... was one of two Bulldogs - Shantay Legans being the other - to play in and start every game ... a WAC All-Defensive selection ... averaged 8.4 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game ... his rebounding number ranked fifth in the league statistics ... averaged 1.39 blocks per game, second-best in the conference ... had four double-doubles on the year and five for his career, both tops among active Bulldogs ... was in his first year as the team's starting center ... invited to participate in the Pete Newell Big Man Camp over the summer ... the team's designated Hawaii-killer during the year, leading Fresno State to two victories over the Rainbow Warriors by averaging 18.5 points and 13.0 rebounds per game ... ended the season on the best five-game stretch of his career ... interestingly, his five-game surge came off a another five-game stretch that was the worst of his career ... had a huge game in the regular season finale against Hawaii, scoring 24 points and grabbing 11 boards ... has played in more games in his career than any other Bulldog ... will go into next year as one of the WAC's premier centers ... is distinct among basketball players in that he enjoys drawing and playing the violin ... has played his violin in recitals.
(2002-03): Played in six games before redshirting ... averaged 2.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game ... filled in admirably when called upon to do so ... hit two clutch free throws near the end of the game against Saint Mary's to help lead the Bulldogs to a two-point win ... played a magnificent seven minutes against Oklahoma State, recording three points, three rebounds and two blocks.
(2001-02): Played in 32 games, starting one ... had a 2.9 scoring average and a 3.0 rebounding average ... his only start of the season came against Rice ... scored a season-high 13 points on two occasions, the last of which came against Savannah State ... had a big game against Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament, playing 21 minutes after Melvin Ely went out with foul trouble. Al-Sayyad had six points and played solid defense while Ely sat on the bench ... had a double-double in the championship game of the McCaffrey Classic against Air Force, scoring 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds ... had a .500 shooting percentage, the second year in a row he made at least 50 percent of his field goal attempts.
(2000-01) Came off the bench in 32 games ... ranked third on the team in field goal percentage at .547 ... scored a career-high 15 points against Saint Mary's, his first collegiate game, on Nov. 17 when he went 7-of-8 from the floor ... had a career-high eight rebounds on two occasions - once against Saint Mary's and once against Norfolk State ... fifth on the team in blocked shots with 16 ... suffered a sprained ankle against Nevada near the end of the season but missed just one game ... averaged 6.5 minutes per game in the two WAC Tournament contests.
High School: Played one season of American high school basketball at Washington College Academy in Tennessee ... played basketball and soccer in his native Sudan.
Personal: Born Sept. 13, 1982, in Khartoum, Sudan ... son of the Jalila Ali and the late Mahqoub Al-Sayyad.
Al-Sayyad at Fresno State
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