Jason Sasser

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Jason Sasser
Position: Forward
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 225
Nationality: American
Born: 1/13/1974
Birthplace: Denton, TX
Draft: Round 2
Drafted By: Sacramento
College: Texas Tech University
NBA Career: 1996-1999
Mavs Tenure: 1996-1997

Jason Sasser (born January 13, 1974 in Denton, Texas) ws signed to a ten-day contract by the Dallas Mavericks on February 27, 1997.

Sasser, who played his high school basketball at Kimball High School in Dallas, attended Texas Tech where he was a three-time all-Southwest Conference selection. During his time in Lubbock, he scored double figures in 94 of his last 95 games and, during his senior season, was all-Southwest Conference first team, Southwest Conference Player-of-the-Year, a member of the SWC's post-season all-tournament team and was named third team all-NCAA. Today he still ranks number four on the Red Raiders' all-time scoring list with 2,102 points and rebounds with 895.

He was selected in the second round of the 1996 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings. His rights were traded to Portland after the draft but the Trail Blazers released the 6'7 forward during training camp and he played the majority of his first professional season in the CBA where he was named the league's Rookie-of-the-Year.

There were two opportunities for Sasser during his rookie season when he signed two consecutive ten-day contracts with the San Antonio Spurs on January 6,1997. He was released after playing six games and averaging 2.8 points per game.

His second opportunity came with the Mavericks when Dallas signed him to a ten-day contract on February 27, 1997. Sasser played only two games with the Mavs averaging 1.0 ppg.

In 1998, Sasser was a member of the bronze medal winning United States team at the '98 FIBA World Championships. He also enjoyed his final stint in the NBA appearing in six games with Vancouver while averaging 1.8 ppg.

From there, his career has taken Sasser on the road. He has played in the CBA with both Gary and Yakima and overseas in Spain, Germany (where he was named to the league's first team in 2003), Portugal, South Korea and Kuwait (helping his team to the league championship in 2008).

Sasser's brother Jeryl, who attended SMU in Dallas, also played in the NBA.