Pape Sow, which is actually pronounced, “Pop So”, is from Dakar, Senegal; he wouldn’t stay there too long speaking in his native tongue Wolof, as his basketball skills took him to Cal State Fullerton.
The 6-10 PF went under the radar as he made a significant impact his freshman season, scoring 15.5 ppg (career-high of 36 pts), 8.6 rpg and over one block per game. The next season his numbers decreased, but Sow only participated in half of the games. The next year he bounced back nearly averaging a double-double of 17/10. In his last five games he scored at least 21 points, which he thought was a sign that he was prepared for the next level.
In the 2004 NBA Draft Pape Sow was drafted 47th overall to the Miami Heat, but was later traded with a 2005 2nd round pick (Uros Solaker) to the Toronto Raptors for Albert Miralles.
As a rookie Sow only played in 9.4 mpg, but averaged 2.3 ppg and 2.1 rpg. The next year, after making a comeback from the D-League, Sow posted his career bests with 25 starts, 14 mpg, 43FG%, 3.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, and nearly 3 fouls per game. In 2006 Sow had an ugly injury breaking a vertebra in a summer practice, he would later return in January just in time to be apart of Kobe Bryant’s 81-point game.
Playing with the Raptors Sow reportedly made 1.7M in his three years.
The Senegal native would go on to do his thing (watch video below) for Olimpia Milano, Meridiano Alicante, Caja Laboral, Joventut Badalona, and Mahram Tehran BC.
There is also a Pape Sow from Dakar who plays soccer but to my knowedge that’s a completely different person.