WNBA Prospect Profile
(Photo courtesy of Minnesota)
Amanda Zahui B. - Minnesota
Position:
Center
Height:
6’5”
Birthdate:
9/8/1993 12:00:00 AM
Birthplace:
Stockholm, Sweden
High School:
Igelstavikens Gymnasium
College Highlights
Award-winning redshirt sophomore center is eligible for the draft as she will turn 22 years of age this calendar year. This winter became first UM woman ever named to five-member AP All-America First Team.  Only Gophers to previously earn AP Second or Third Team honors were current Minn. Lynx stars Lindsay Whalen (2nd Team-’03 & ’04; 3rd Team-‘02) and Janel McCarville (2nd Team-‘05). After just two seasons at UM, owns school’s career blocks mark and No. 1 and 2 spots for blocks in a season …. 2014-15: In addition to multiple First Team All-America honors (AP, ESPN, USBWA), was a finalist for the Wooden, Naismith, Wade honors, and the Big Ten media’s selection for conference POY. The lone unanimous pick to the All-Big Ten First Team by both head coaches and media also earned a spot on the All-Defensive Team. Ranked 3rd in Div. I with 24 double-doubles, 4th in both rebounds, blocks per game, while pacing Big Ten in each of those three categories and ranking 2nd in FG percentage. Posted NCAA’s top single-game marks this year with 29 boards (Iowa), 12 blocks (Penn St.), and a 1.000 FG percentage (11-11 vs. Purdue), and was one of only four players with two triple-doubles. With 426 boards, topped Big Ten mark for single-season rebounds she set a year earlier. Had monster game in upset of No. 13 Iowa (39p, 29r, 4b) …. 2013-14: Was First Team All-America (AP, USBWA, ESPN) and a finalist for Naismith and Wade honors. Also captured Big Ten POY honors from media, was a unanimous all-conference First Team pick (Coaches; Media) and an All-Defensive Team selection …. 2012-13: While redshirting, adjusted to the U.S. and to the quicker, faster, more physical style of play …. NOTEABLE: Stockholm native has been and member of Sweden's nat’l team program since age 13.  Mother is Ann-Sofi (“Annso”). Father, Alex’s family name is Zahui but he, his mother and siblings go by Zahui Bazoukou.  (Amanda: “The whole family is Zahui; so I kind of snatched it and put the ‘B.’ at the end.”) …. Annso grew up in Spain and France before moving to Stockholm, where she met Alex, who had left his native Ivory Coast to work in Europe …. Amanda began playing basketball after participating in soccer, field hockey, tennis and circus classes as a child (“I tried different stuff, like juggling; I was 6 or 7. They had it in school. I did it every evening. It was kind of serious. I thought I might want to join the circus when I got older.”). Took up basketball at the urging of her parents …. Mom, Annso: "We have spent the last 10 years traveling with our children. We don't go to resorts. We don't go to holidays – which is very common in Sweden – that you go to Spain, Italy, France. No, we travel with our children, to Aaron's soccer games and Amanda's basketball games." … At age 15, Amanda moved into her own apartment, a 30-minute drive from home, because she could attend a school where her basketball development would be better …. When looking at American colleges, also visited U of Louisville and U of Washington but chose Minnesota not because the weather reminded her of Sweden, but because “it just felt like home” …. Likes video games, car games in particular …. If she could go back in time, would want to witness “Martin Luther King (Jr.’s) ‘I have a dream’ speech.” …. To be in better shape this past season, gave up eating Swedish chocolate; stored a big box of candy under her bed but chose to wait ‘til after the season to eat it; for extra will power she “put a lot of tape around the box.”
Career Statistics
16.9 12.2 1.3
PPG REB AST
1 1.5 54.8
STL BLK FG%