Sat out last season following his transfer from Siena ... multi-talented guard who is expected to be a major contributor for the Dukes ... started all 28 games at Siena in 2005-06 ... is an outstanding scorer, rebounder and passer ... made his Duquesne debut during a four-game foreign tour to Toronto over Labor Day weekend ... led the team with a 19.3 ppg. scoring average ... topped the 20-point mark in each of the Dukes' last three games ... led the team in scoring three times ... scored 20 points and posted six steals in 19 minutes against Ryerson University, added 23 against Sheridan College and finished the tour with 20 points, six assists and four steals versus the University of Waterloo.
As a Sophomore at Siena (2005-06) Averaged 16.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 35.1 minutes per game for 15-13 Siena ... started all 28 games ... scored in double digits 24 times ... named third team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference ... was the only MAAC player to average over 16 points, six rebounds and four assists per game ... posted the second triple-double in school history when he scored 20 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out 11 assists in an 82-74 win over Albany ... added double-doubles against Loyola, Md. (18-10) and Iona (18-10) ... led the team in scoring 10 times and rebounding eight times ... topped the 20-point mark nine times including a season-high 29 at Niagara ... handed out double-digit assists twice with 12 versus Niagara and 11 as part of his triple-double against Albany ... had five or more steals in a game six times with a high of seven against Rider ... shot .711 from the foul line ... his 232 free throw attempts were 95 more than any other player on the Siena roster ... attempted 19 free throws (and made 13) against Youngstown State ... earned Siena's Billy Harrell `52 Rebounder Award as the Saints' top rebounder ... played all 50 minutes in a 98-92 double-overtime win over Niagara.
As a Freshman at Siena (2004-05) Started eight of 12 games, including the first seven of the season ... a stress fracture in his left leg forced him to miss 18 games ... posted double-figures four times including in the first three games of his college career ... averaged 12.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.7 apg and 2.7 spg. over that three-game span ... had four steals in a game four times and handed out four or more assists five times ... went 9-of-11 from the foul line en route to a career-high 15 points against Pepperdine.
Prep/High School Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. (head coach Bill Barton) and Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. (head coach Ted Gustus) ... named Student-Athlete of the Year at Bishop Loughlin as a senior ... second team All-New York City as a senior ... named MVP at Five Star camp ... led the Catholic High School Athletic Association in scoring as a senior ... attended ABCD All-American camp with 100 top players from across the country.
Personal Has been actively involved in his local community, where he volunteered in activities ranging from helping out at homeless shelters to working camps for underprivileged youth ... returned from a fractured leg sophomore season in high school despite concerns he would never be the same player again ... suffered gunshot wounds to his left forearm - which also caused a stress fracture - and right shoulder as the result of a campus shooting on Sept. 17, 2006 ... was hospitalized for three days at Pittsburgh's Presbyterian Hospital ... was cleared to practice on Oct. 31 of last season ... participated in limited drills during practice while regaining strength in his left arm ... full name is Thad Kojo Mensah ... corporate communications major ... date of birth: 4/1/85.
CAREER STATS FOR KOJO MENSAH
YEAR G/GS MIN/AVG FG-AT PCT 3M-AT PCT FT-AT PCT O/D REB PF-DQ A TO BK S PTS-AVG 2005* 12/8 262/21.8 20-71 .282 1-13 .077 28-48 .583 15/25 40-3.3 22-0 36 44 0 17 69-5.8 2006* 28/28 984/35.1 146-336 .435 9-38 .237 165-232 .711 87/88 175-6.3 62-1 114 102 5 71 466-16.6 2007 Sat out at Duquesne as a transfer At SC 40/36 1,246/31.2 166-407 .408 10-51 .196 193-280 .689 102/113 215-5.4 84-1 150 146 5 88 535-13.4 * - at Siena
HIGH GAMES: Points - 29 at Niagara (So.); Rebounds - 14 vs. Albany (So.); Assists - 12 vs. Niagara (So.); Blocked Shots - 1, five times (last vs. Saint Peter's - MAAC Tournament, So.); Steals - 7 vs. Rider (So.); Minutes - 50 vs. Niagara (So.)