Romain Sato

Drafted #52 in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Spurs
RCSI: 57 (2000)
Height: 6'3" (191 cm)
Weight: 204 lbs (93 kg)
Position: SG/SF
High School: Dayton Christian High School (Ohio)
Hometown: Bimbo, Central African Republic
College: Xavier
Current Team: Valencia
Win - Loss: 22 - 15


Moving Up the DraftExpress Overseas Free Agent Rankings (Part Two)

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Dec 08, 2009, 12:03 am
At the tender age of 28, Romain Sato is having the best season of his career thus far, shooting absolutely lights out from the perimeter (48% 3P through 15 games), while still maintaining the same terrific efficiency he’s always been known for, only taking good shots and rarely turning the ball over. Sato’s terrific lengths allows him to rebound the ball like a man possessed and play outstanding defense at multiple positions, making him one of the most coveted wing players in Europe these days.

At some point, you have to wonder why he can’t be playing a role similar to NBA players like Quentin Richardson, DeShawn Stevenson or Keith Bogans, as it’s not out of the question that he’s better than them. Is the feeling mutual? We asked both Sato and his agent about the chances of him playing in the NBA next season, as his contract with Siena is ending and he’ll be a (very highly sought after) free agent this summer.

“Romain has always wanted to play in the NBA,” his agent Sam Goldfeder told us. For him the issue is playing. He is not interested to come to the NBA to sit.”

Sato told us something similar, via email. “Minutes and my role on a team are my main objective. I want to be on the court to contribute. Here in Europe I have a chance to play and improve my game every day. I'm looking for the same thing in the league.”

Euroleague Final Four Preview

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Apr 30, 2008, 02:33 pm
A former 2nd round pick of the San Antonio Spurs, Romain Sato never made it out of NBA training camp, but has developed into quite a reliable player at the top level of Europe since then. He’s a very solid scorer here, but is extremely efficient at the same time, having improved his perimeter shot considerably since his time at Xavier. Sato measured out at just 6-3 in shoes at the NBA pre-draft camp, but has a ridiculous 6-11 wingspan to compensate for that. He’s still not much of a ball-handler, and generally isn’t the most creative player you’ll find, but he knows how to maximize his strengths to the benefit of his team, and will rarely force the issue. Although there might not be that much separating himself from some bench players in the NBA, at the end of the day, he’s probably found the perfect level to showcase his skills with Siena. We’ll take a look regardless.

Latest results

05/25/2024 77 - 84 vs Murcia Murcia
05/22/2024 83 - 72 at Murcia Murcia
05/18/2024 86 - 96 vs Murcia Murcia
05/12/2024 71 - 99 at Andorra Andorra
DraftExpress Shop