44 - Yannick Atanga
Yannick Atanga
Height: 6-8
Weight: 225
Year: Junior
Hometown: Yaounde, Cameroon
High School: Besant Hill School of Happy Valley (Ojai, Calif.)
Position: Forward
Major: Political Science & French & Francophone

Has played in all 101 games with 39 starts in his career ... had started 12 straight before coming off the bench vs. St. Mary’s (2/22) ... back in starting lineup for last 4 games and 21 times total ... team leader in blocked shots with 30 (0.91 bpg) and climbed 3 spots on SCU’s all-time chart to rank 6th with 92 trailing 5th place Kurt Rambis (93) by 1 ... has 2+ blocks in 27 career games and can become just the fifth player in school history with 100+ career ... 10 of his 30 blocks on the season came in the final 8 games ... 2nd leading rebounder with 166 total and 5.0 per game ... scored season-high 9 pts., his 2nd highest career total, at LMU (2/27) and followed with 5 at Pepperdine (3/1) for his highest 2-game total of the season ... collected his 550th career rebound vs. UOP (3/6) and has 11 career games with 10+ ... made his 100th career FG (vs. Portland 2/1) ... whistled for a team-high 94 personal fouls (2 foul outs) playing 16.8 mpg ... season career-highs in FGM (38) and points (99).

2013-14 Action Photos

2013-14 (JR): Started 21 of 33 GP ... started with a game-high 9 reb., including the 400th of his career (402) and 2 blk. vs. Bethesda (11/8) ... started for the 20th time in his career with a game-high tying 10 reb. (11th career 10+ game) and a blk. to tie Mike Norman for 7th place all-time with 65 vs. San Jose St. (11/12) ... had 1 blk. to move into 7th place on SCUs career list with 66 and 2 stl. (career-high) at CS Fullerton (11/16) ... fouls limited him to 12 min. with 5 reb. and 2 blk. with 2 pts. at Notre Dame (11/22) ... tied Brendan Graves for 6th in career blks. with 2 to reach 70 with 3 reb. vs. N. Dakota St. (11/29) ... 4 pts. (2-5 FG) and 7 reb. vs. Rice (11/30) ... 5 pts. (2-3 FG) and had 1 blk. to move into 6th place (Brendan Graves 70)on school’s career list with 71 (at CS Bakersfield 12/5) ... 4 pts. (2-3 FG) and 4 reb. at Cal Poly (12/7) ... 2 pts. (2-2 FT) with 4 reb. and 1 blk. vs. La Sierra (12/14) ... tied season-high with 2 blk. scored 4 pts. and 5 reb. vs. Radford (12/16) ... 4 pts. (2-3 FG), 5 reb. and 1 blk. vs. Sacred Heart (12/18) ... 2 pts. (1-1 FG) and 4 reb. at UNLV (12/22) ... 6 pts. on 3-4 FG with 2 reb. vs. So. Florida (12/23) ... grabbed 9 reb. in 17 min. at #24 Gonzaga (12/28) ... 6 pts. (3-3 FG) with 4 reb. and 9th career foul out (at Portland 12/30) ... 3 reb. and 1 pt. (1-2 FT) vs. Pepperdine (1/2) ... 6th start of season (24th career) and 1st since 12/22 with 6 pts. adding 5 reb. and 1 blk. vs. LMU (1/4) ... 5 reb. and 2 blk. without attempting a FG or FT in 23 min. at St. Mary’s (1/9) ... 1-2 FT with 2 reb. in 14 min. at UOP (1/11) ... 1-2 FT, 4 reb. and 1 blk. in 23 min. vs. USD (1/16) ... grabbed 6 reb. in 14 min. vs. BYU (1/18) ... 8 pts. making 4 of a career-high tying 7 FGA with 6 reb., including 500th career (502) in 24 min. at USF (1/25) ... 7 reb. and 2 pts. (1-3 FG) in 22 min. vs. Gonzaga (1/29) ... 3 pts. (1-4 FG), 3 reb. and 1 stl. in 12 min. vs. Portland (2/1) ... 0-1 FG with 2 reb. in season-low 9 min. at BYU (2/6) ... 2 pts. (1-1 FG) with 7 reb. and 2 blk. in 13 min. at San Diego (2/8) ... 7 reb. and season-high tying 2 blk. in 20 min. vs. USF (2/15) ... perfect shooting night (2-2 FG; 3-3 FT) for 7 pts. tying career-high with 3 FTM in 14 min. vs. UOP (2/20) ... season-high tying 3 blk. and 3 reb. in 12 min. vs. St. Mary’s (2/22) ... 9 pts. (season-high) on 4-6 FG with 7 reb. and 90th career blk. at LMU (2/27) ... 5 pts. with 5 reb. and 1 blk. in 21 min. at Pepperdine (3/1) ... grabbed 7 reb. in 14 min. in WCC torunament win over UOP (3/6) ... 4 pts. (2-2 FG) and 3 reb. with his 2nd foul out of the season (10th career) vs. Gonzaga in WCC tournament (3/8).

 

2012-13 Action Photos

2012-13 (SO):

Played in all 38 games starting 12 ... Ranked 10th in WCC in total rebounds (6.2 rpg), 5th in offensive rebounds (2.4 rpg) and 6th in blocks (1.0 bpg) ... WCC leader in total rebounds (7.9 rpg) and offensive rebounds (3.3 rpg) in conference-only games ... Had 5 games with 10+ rebounds, including a career-best 16 boards at Portland (2/23/13), and 8+ boards in 14 games ... Had multiple blocked shots in 13 games and tied his career-best with 4 vs. Pepperdine (2/16/13) ... Shot better from the field (50%) than the FT line (46.6%) ... Scored a season-high 7 pts. with 9 reb. vs. Simpson (11/10/12) ... Made his 1st start of the season with 8 reb. vs. USC Upstate (11/20/12) ... Had 3 blks. at No. 1 Duke (12/29/12) ... Grabbed 13 reb. with 2 blks. vs. USF (1/2/13) ... Had 9 reb. vs. No. 10 Gonzaga (1/5/13) ... Totaled 9 boards, his 5th game with 9+ reb., 5 pts. and 2 blks. at LMU (1/10/13) ... Had his 7th career double-digit reb. game with 13 vs. Portland (1/31/13) ... 3rd 10+ reb. game of season and 8th career with 11 vs. San Diego (2/14/13) ... Season-high and career-high tying 4 blks. at Pepperdine (2/16/13) ... Career-high 16 reb. in 28 min. at Portland (2/23/13) ... 10 reb. and 3 pts. in 1st round CBI win over Vermont (3/19/13).

2011-12 Action Photos

2011-12 (FR):

Played in all 30 games with 5 starts ... had multiple blocks in 7 games and led team in blocks and finished No. 5 on SCU freshman blocks list with 24 … No. 6 on SCU freshman rebounds record list with 159 ... Shot 51.4% from the field and had a stretch of 6 games where he made 13 of 14 FGA (1/24 to 2/9) ... grabbed season-high 12 reb. and scored 2 pts. in 1st career game (vs. UC Merced 11/11/11) ... registered his 1st career block (at UC Santa Barbara 11/15/11) ... tallied his 1st career assist (vs. San Jose State 11/19/11) ... Recorded his 1st career steal and picked up 3 charging fouls vs. Villanova (11/27/11) ... Totaled 11 reb. and 5 pts. vs. CS Northridge (12/3/11) ... made 3 of a career-high 7 FGA scoring 9 pts. with 10 boards at Washington St. (12/11/11) ... Pulled down 10 boards vs. UOP (12/17/11) ... made his 1st career start (at Portland 1/5/12) ... Called for 5 personal fouls earning his 1st career disqualification (vs. San Diego 1/12/12) ... scored career and season-high 12 pts. on 5 of 5 FGs and 2 of 2 FTs with 9 reb. and 2 blks. vs. LMU (1/24/12) ... had a career-high 4 blks. with 9 reb. (vs. Pepperdine 2/23/12) ... made consecutive starts for the first time with 10 reb. and 4 pts. at LMU (2/25/12).

2010-11: Redshirted the season.

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 his senior 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 ... majoring in political science and french.
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."