James Tchana
James  Tchana

Douala, Cameroon

High School:
Our Savior New American HS


  • Fresno State Scholar-Athlete
  • WAC Scholar-Athlete
  • WAC All-Academic

    2006-07:Appeared in six games ... posted four points in a game against Winston-Salem State ... had six total rebounds and one point in a game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

    2005-06: Made collegiate debut at Pacific and pulled down a game-high five offensive rebounds with six overall ... scored four points to go along with an assist against the Tigers ... recorded first collegiate block against Norfolk State ... posted first collegiate steal against Louisiana Tech ... also played a season-high 20 minutes and had a season-high six points versus Tech ... has a season-high two free throws while tying season-high mark in blocks (1) vs. Idaho ... has season-high six points vs. Louisiana Tech ... presented with the team's Student-Athlete of the Year Award ... played in 17 of the team's 28 games.

    Our Savior New American (Long Island, N.Y.): Three-year varsity letterwinner at post and forward ... third team all-state ... team captain ... at Five Star camp garnered MVP, best rebounder and best post player honors ... selected MVP at Prep Classic Tournament ... averaged at least 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks his sophomore season ... as a junior, averaged 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks ... in his final year, averaged 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks ... a McDonald's All-American nominee as a senior ... two-time invitee to the prestigious ABCD Camp.

    Personal: Born May 30, 1986 in Cameroon, Africa ... parents are Francois Mbiaya and Micheline Ymkwin ... has two brothers, Stephane and Francis, and two sisters, Christie and Veronie ... has family in Los Angeles, including cousin Guy Biakop, who currently plays soccer for Citrus College (Calif.) ... four of his high school teammates are playing Division I basketball (Konimba Diarra at College of Charleston, Juan Palacios at Louisville, Javon Parris at College of Charleston and Oumar Sylla at Richmond) ... hobbies include playing basketball, going to movies, going out with friends, watching television and reading The Bible ... favorite athletes are Shaquille O'Neal and Ben Wallace ... admires his parents the most ... can speak three languages (Bangante, French and English) ... played summer ball for the New York Elite for two years ... also played summer ball for the SRAP ... recruited by Arizona State, Houston, New Mexico, Georgia State, among others ... part of Fresno State's Buddies Program.

    Personal Note: On Dec. 31, 2003, Tchana was a passenger in a 15-person van that flipped over on a rural North Carolina highway. En route to Charlotte, the crash occurred and Tchana suffered eight broken ribs, a cracked sternum, a broken clavicle and two collapsed lungs. Induced into a medical coma, he was hospitalized for four weeks before returning for the final four games. Moments after the crash, Tchana pulled three injured passengers from wreck before collapsing.

    Fresno State Career Statistics

    2005-06	17-0	8.4	12-24	.500	0-0	.000	4-7	.571	34	2.1	36-0	2	3	4	2	28	1.6
    2006-07	6-0	5.1	3-9	.333	0-0	.000	1-2	.500	6	1.0	7-0	1	4	0	0	7	1.2
    Total	23-0	6.3	15-33	.454	0-0	.000	5-9	.555	40	1.7	43-0	3	7	4	2	35	1.5
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