Emeka Okafor

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Emeka Okafor
Okafor during his tenure with the Washington Wizards
Free agent
Center / Power forward
Personal information
Born (1982-09-28) September 28, 1982 (age 37)
Houston, Texas
NationalityAmerican
High schoolBellaire (Bellaire, Texas)
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
CollegeUConn (2001–2004)
NBA Draft2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Charlotte Bobcats
Pro career2004–present
Career history
20042009Charlotte Bobcats
20092012New Orleans Hornets
2012–2013Washington Wizards
2017–2018Delaware 87ers
2018New Orleans Pelicans
Career highlights and awards

Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi "Emeka" Okafor (born September 28, 1982) is an American professional basketball player. Okafor attended Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas and the University of Connecticut, where in 2004 he won a national championship. Okafor played for the University of Connecticut from 2001 to 2004 where he was teammates with Charlie Villanueva, Marcus Williams, Ben Gordon, Hilton Armstrong and Josh Boone, who all went on to play in the NBA. He majored in finance during his time at Connecticut, and he graduated with honors after three years in May 2004 with a 3.8 GPA. Okafor was named the Academic All-American of the Year in 2004 for his work on and off the court. On February 5, 2007, he was inducted to the Husky Ring Of Honor at Gampel Pavilion on the University of Connecticut campus in Storrs during halftime of the men's basketball game against the Syracuse Orange as part of a ceremony which recognized personal accomplishments of 13 former players and 3 coaches.