Kojo Mensah Career Recap
Chose to forego his senior season to pursue professional opportunities ... played at Siena College in 2004-05 & 2005-06 before transferring and playing for the Dukes in 2007-08 ... practiced with the team while sitting out the 2007 season per NCAA transfer guidelines ... finished his college career with 887 points (352 at Duquesne), 249 assists and 235 turnovers ... scored over a third of his points from the foul line where he averaged 6.3 attempts per game ... was a .724 career free throw shooter ... shot just .220 from the 3-point arc (26-of-118) ... scored in double-digits 47 times including 19 in his one season at Duquesne ... scored 20 or more 13 times (four at Duquesne) ... 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, topping the 20-point mark in each of the Dukes' last three games of the tour.
As a Junior at Duquesne (2007-08)
Finished second on the team with a 12.1 ppg. scoring average ... played in 29 of 30 games with 13 starts ... was second on the team in assists (99) and third in steals (41) ... shot .380 from the field, .239 from the 3-point arc and .785 from the foul line ...had streaks of 18 & 13 consecutive free throws made in 2007-08 ... led team in scoring six times and in assists nine times ... finished tied with Shawn James and Kieron Achara for the team lead with four 20-point scoring games ... scored in double digits 19 times ... his 158 free throw attempts were 33 more than any other player on the Duquesne roster (was 124-of-158, .785) ... scored a season-high 23 in the opener vs. Howard ... added 22 each against Cal State Northridge and Robert Morris ... had 20 points and 13 rebounds at Oakland ... posted his second double-double with 12 points and 10 assists vs. Saint Francis, Pa. ...in the process he became just the 12th player in school history to hand out 10 assists in a game ... it was the third 10-assist game of Mensah's career, and first as a Duke ... scored in double digits in five-straight games before scoring three on 1-of-8 shooting at St. Bonaventure ... bounced back with a team-high 19 vs. Saint Joseph's ... missed DU's next game, at La Salle, with strep throat ... shot .188 from the field (6-of-32) and 1-of-7 from the 3-point arc in his first four games back (6.5 ppg. over that span) before scoring 14 in 26 minutes off the bench at Charlotte ... followed that by scoring all 14 of his points in the second half at Temple and adding 11 in 22 minutes vs. Saint Louis... hit a career-high three 3-pointers at Temple ... it was the fourth multiple 3-point game of his career ... DU was 3-7 when Mensah scored in single digits and 12-3 when Mensah attempted six or more free throws ... Mensah's 158 free throw attempts were 33 more than any other DU player ... led the team with 13 "conventional" three-point plays (basket and free throw) ... Mensah, whose scoring average was at 14.8 ppg. at the start of conference play, averaged 10.5 ppg. in Atlantic 10 games ...was 4-of-25 from the 3-point arc in conference play before hitting 3-of-4 from the arc at Temple.
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.
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.
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.