44 - Yannick Atanga
Yannick Atanga
Height: 6-8
Weight: 225
Year: RS Freshman
Hometown: Yaounde, Cameroon
High School: Besant Hill School of Happy Valley (Ojai, Calif.)
Position: Forward
Major: Business

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2011-2012
Averaged 3.1 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 15.7 mpg ... led team in blocks and finished No. 5 on SCU freshman blocks list with 24 blocks this season  ?  No. 6 on the SCU freshman records list in rebounds with 159 ? after being redshirted last season, started the Ryerson exhibition ... grabbed 12 reb. and scored 2 pts. in 11 min. vs. UC Merced ... scored 4 pts. while adding 6 reb. and 1 blk. in 14 min. at UCSB... tied career-high in pts. (4), shooting 67 % and earned first ast. vs. SJSU; also grabbed 5 reb. in 15 min. ... played career-high 20 min. off the bench in New Mexico win, adding 3 reb. ... scored 3 pts. and recorded 1st career steal vs. Villanova, picking up three charges ... career-high 5 pts., and 11 rebounds, eight defensive, in win over CSUN ... career-high 9 pts., 10 reb. at Washington St. ... scored 4 pts. while also adding 3 reb. and 1 stl. in 11 min. in win vs. Pacifica College ... scored 6 pts., with 10 reb., 2 ast., 1 blk., 1 stl. in 30 min. vs. UOP ... 4 reb. in 15 min. at Houston Baptist ... 7 pts., 3 reb. vs. EMU ... 2 pts., 5 reb., 2 blk. in 19 min. vs. Wagner ... started his first game at Portland and collected 4 reb. in 11 min. ... grabbed 5 reb. and made 1 FT in 12 min. vs. USD ... 5 reb. in 10 min. at BYU ... scored 12 pts. (5 for 5 FG, 2 for 2 FT), 9 reb. 2 blk. in 23 min. vs. LMU ... in 15 min. vs. USF added 8 reb., 3 pts. and 2 blk. ... scored 3 pts., 2 blk., 1 reb. in 11 min. at Pepperdine ... shot 75% in FG-FGA (3-for-4; 8 pts. total) while grabbing 2 reb., 1 ast. in 13 min. vs. Portland ... 6 pts., 5 reb., 2 blk. in 17 min. at San Diego ... played 8 min. at USF ... recorded 2 pts., 4 reb., and 1 stl. in 12 min. at SMC ... made 2 blks. and 6 reb. in 25 min. vs. Gonzaga ... scored 2 pts., 3 reb., 1 blk in 21 min. vs. BYU ... earned career-high 4 blk. with 4 pts., 9 reb., 1 stl. in 25 min. vs. Pep ... 10 reb. in his second straight start at LMU, adding four pts. in 23 min. ... grabbed 4 reb. in 16 min. vs. Portland.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2010-11

Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL
A 2010 graduate of Besant Hill School of Happy Valley in Ojai, Calif. … played for head coach Randy Bertin and was named the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Co-Player of the Year his senior year when he averaged 15.2 ppg, 14.8 rpg and 4.1 bpg … team was 28-3 his senior year and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs ... nominated for All-American team this year ... as a junior helped lead team to CIF Division VI A Championship and averaged 20.4 ppg, 13 rbg and 2.2 apg… was named to the All-CIF first team and won the John Wooden award ... AAU team was Impact Basketball (Pasadena, Calif.).

PERSONAL
Originally from Akonolinga, Cameroon … first language is French (French is the official language of Cameroon) and English is his second language ... parents are Evina Gaston and the late Effa Ngono Cecile … has three siblings, Martial, Ansene and Nicaise … Ansene plays rugby in France … At Happy Valley, he participated in the school variety show and project days … helped renovate an orphanage near his place of birth in Yaounde, Cameroon ... studying in the College of Arts and Sciences.

WHY YANNICK ATANGA CHOSE SANTA CLARA
"I chose Santa Clara because first, I think it's a great school with a great academic program. I also chose it because I can get a good education there and the basketball program fits with what I am looking for. I believe and trust Coach Keating first as a person and as my basketball coach I know he can help me a lot off the court to be a better person."

SEASON/CAREER HIGHS

Points 12 vs. LMU, Jan. 23, 2012

Field Goals 5 vs. LMU, Jan. 23, 2012

Field Goal Att.  7 at Washington State, Dec. 11, 2011

3-Pt Field Goals 0

3-Pt Field Goal Att. 0

Free Throws  3 2x (last: at Washington State, Dec. 11, 2011)

Free Throws Att.  7 vs. Cal State Northridge, Dec. 3, 2011

Rebounds  12 vs. UC Merced, Nov. 11, 2011

Assists  2 vs. UOP, Dec. 17, 2011

Blocked Shots 4 vs. Pepperdine, Feb. 23, 2012

Steals  1 8x (last: vs. Pepperdine, Feb. 23, 2012)

Minutes  30 vs. UOP, Dec. 17, 2011