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Essengue begins his second season with the Runnin' Rebels in 2006-07.
Appeared in 28 of UNLV's 30 games ... played an average of 11.0 minutes per game with averages of 3.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 0.8 bpg ... shot 54.2 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from the free throw line ... was 12th in the Mountain West Conference in blocked shots ... was second on UNLV's squad in blocked shots, second in field goal percentage and fourth in offensive rebounds ... had one double-figure scoring game when he scored 10 points on 5-of-5 from the field vs. Long Beach State ... grabbed a career-high six rebounds vs. Southern Utah.
A 2005 graduate of Weatherford College in Weatherford, Texas ... averaged 15 ppg, 9.6 rpg and 2.0 bpg as a sophomore ... selected first team all-conference and first-team all-region ... played at Compton Community College in Compton, Calif. as a freshman ... averaged 20 ppg and 10 rpg as his team won the California junior college championship in 2003-04 ... was all-state, first team all-conference and first team all-tournament ... ranked in the top five of junior college players on the west coast.
A 2002 graduate of Lylee De Nkol-Eton High School in Yaounde, Cameroon ... played basketball three years ... averaged 26 ppg and 14 rpg his last year ... team won the 2002 national championship ... was selected national MVP and first team all-state ... also played volleyball, soccer and ran track.
Gaston Essengue was born Oct. 10, 1983, in Yaounde, Cameroon ... majoring in university studies with areas of study in french and business ... expected to graduate in the spring of 2007 ... the son of Gaston Essengue and Marie Mbeck.