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Encyclopedia > Emeka Okafor
Emeka Okafor
Position Power Forward/Center
Height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Weight 252 lb (115 kg)
Team Charlotte Bobcats
Nationality Flag of United States United States
Born September 28, 1982 (1982-09-28) (age 24)
Flag of Texas Houston, Texas
High school Bellaire High School,
Bellaire, Texas
College Connecticut
Draft 2nd overall, 2004
Charlotte Bobcats
Pro career 2004–present
Awards 2005 NBA Rookie of the Year
Olympic medal record
Men's Basketball
Bronze 2004 Athens United States

Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi Okafor, abbreviated as Emeka Okafor (born September 28, 1982, in Houston, Texas), is an American professional basketball player playing at power forward and center for the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association. Prior to the NBA, Okafor attended Houston's Bellaire High School, and the University of Connecticut. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The or meter (see spelling differences) is a measure of length. ... The pound (abbreviations: lb or, sometimes in the United States, #) is a unit of mass in a number of different systems, including various systems of units of mass that formed part of English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The U.S. National Prototype Kilogram, which currently serves as the primary standard for measuring mass in the U.S. It was assigned to the United States in 1889 and is periodically recertified and traceable to the primary international standard, The Kilogram, held at the Bureau International des Poids et... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. They play in the Southeast Division, created because of the teams entry, of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Texas. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... Bellaire High School is a magnet/IB school located at 5100 Maple Street in Bellaire, Texas, United States, with a zip code of 77401. ... One of Bellaires two water towers, commemorating the citys little league team Bellaire is a city located in Harris County, Texas within the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. ... The University of Connecticut, commonly known as UConn, is the State of Connecticuts land-grant university. ... 2004 NBA Draft - 24 June 2004 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft After the completion of the regular season, Emeka Okafor was named Rookie of the Year, while Ben Gordon earned the Sixth Man Award, becoming the first rookie in NBA history to do so. ... The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... The ceremony for the lighting of the flame is arranged as a pagan pageant, with priestesses dancing. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Nickname: Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Harris County Fort Bend County Montgomery County Incorporated June 5, 1837 Government  - Mayor Bill White Area  - City  601. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. They play in the Southeast Division, created because of the teams entry, of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... Bellaire High School is a secondary school located at 5100 Maple Street in Bellaire, Texas, United States, with a zip code of 77401. ... The University of Connecticut, commonly known as UConn, is the State of Connecticuts land-grant university. ...

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Early life

Both of Okafor's parents are natives of Nigeria and Okafor was the first member of his family born in the United States.[1]


Emeka's family moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma when he was young because his father worked for Phillips Petroleum Company, headquarted in Bartlesville. While in Bartlesville, Emeka's father Pius took his son to the Bartlesville YMCA to learn the game of basketball.[2] Price Tower, located in downtown Bartlesville, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and is the only one of Wrights skyscraper plans ever constructed. ... ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) was founded by the merger of the Conoco Inc. ...


As a child growing up in the Houston area Okafor idolized Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon and has said he models his game after Olajuwon.[3] The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


High school career

Okafor played at Bellaire High School, and played there with future Oklahoma State star John Lucas III. Okafor averaged 22 points, 16 rebounds and 6 blocks in his senior season. Bellaire was 26-5 in that season, losing 56-42 in the third round of the 2001 UIL State playoffs, to Willowridge High School and future Texas standout T.J. Ford. This game is particularly notable, however, because it featured five players who would go on to play in an NCAA Final Four (Bellaire had Lucas and Okafor, while Willowridge featured Ford, Oklahoma State's Ivan McFarlin and Duke's Daniel Ewing). All five of these players would eventually go on to play at least a season in the NBA. John Harding Lucas III, often referred to as just John Lucas (born November 21, 1982 in Washington, D.C.), is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBAs Houston Rockets. ... The University Interscholastic League or UIL is an organization which creates rules for and sometimes administers almost all athletic, music, and academic contests for public elementary and secondary schools in the American state of Texas. ... Willowridge High School can refer to: Willowridge High School (Houston) Willowridge High School (Pretoria) This is a disambiguation page — a list of articles associated with the same title. ... The Texas Longhorns mens basketball team represents The University of Texas at Austin and competes in the Big 12 Conference. ... Terrance Jerod T.J. Ford (born March 24, 1983, in Houston, Texas) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA, currently playing for the Toronto Raptors. ... Ivan McFarlin (born April 26, 1982 in Missouri City, Texas) is an American professional basketball player in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers. ... Daniel Ewing (born March 26, 1983 to George and Brenda Ewing in Milton, Florida), is a former college basketball player for the Duke University Blue Devils and current member of the Los Angeles Clippers. ...


Okafor flew under the recruiting radar for much of his high school year, but by the end of his senior year Okafor was receiving late interest from top programs and chose to accept a scholarship at the University of Connecticut, choosing the Huskies over Arkansas and Vanderbilt.[4] The University of Connecticut, commonly known as UConn, is the State of Connecticuts land-grant university. ... The University of Arkansas known also as the U of A or UA, is a public co-educational land-grant university. ... Vanderbilt University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in Nashville, Tennessee. ...


College career

He is notable for being a forward/center on the University of Connecticut men's basketball team from 2001-04 where he was teammates with Charlie Villanueva, Ben Gordon, and Josh Boone who all went to play in the NBA. Okafor, the son of Nigerian immigrants who are Igbo, is known for not only being a good basketball player but also for being an elite student. His major at UConn was Finance, and he graduated with honors after three years in May 2004 with a 3.8 GPA. One of his last courses at UConn was an honors-level finance course where students were allowed to make investment decisions for a small portion of UConn's endowment. Okafor was named the Academic All-American of the Year in 2004 for his work on and off the court. Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... Charlie Alexander Villanueva (born August 24, 1984 in Queens, New York) is an American NBA player for the Milwaukee Bucks. ... Benjamin (Ben) Gordon (born April 4, 1983 in London, England, UK)[1] is an American National Basketball Association player for the Chicago Bulls. ... Josh Boone (born November 21, 1984, in Mount Airy, Maryland) is an American professional basketball player for the New Jersey Nets of the NBA. He was a forward/center for the Connecticut Huskies where he played for three years. ... The Igbo, sometimes (especially formerly) referred to as Ibo, are one of the largest single ethnicities in Africa. ... Finance studies and addresses the ways in which individuals, businesses, and organizations raise, allocate, and use monetary resources over time, taking into account the risks entailed in their projects. ... 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December Deaths in May • 28 Gerald Anthony • 27 Umberto Agnelli • 22 Richard Biggs • 20 Len Murray • 17 Tony Randall • 17 Ezzedine Salim • 9 Alan King • 9 Akhmad Kadyrov • 8... The initials GPA can refer, among other things, to Grade Point Average; see Grade (education) Guinness Peat Aviation General Practice Australia, a private, independent medical accreditation society Greyhound Pets of America This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The 6'10" (2.08 m) Okafor is noted for his impressive defensive ability, especially his shot-blocking. Although he was plagued by back problems for most of the 2003-04 season, Okafor led UConn to the program's second national title in six seasons. He was crowned as the NCAA tournament's Most Outstanding Player. The 2004 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... At the conclusion of the NCAA mens and womens Division I basketball championships (the Final Four tournaments), the Associated Press selects a Most Outstanding Player. ...


In addition, Okafor led the nation in blocks that season and was also named National Defensive Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He also received the Big East Player of the Year award. Okafor graduated as Connecticut's leader in blocked shots with 441.[5] The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the University of Kansas basketball coach. ... The Big East Conference Mens Basketball Player of the Year award is given to the player who shows extraordinary talent throughout the entire season. ...


On February 5, 2007 his number was retired 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 the "Huskies of Honor" ceremony which recognized personal accomplishments of 13 former players and 3 coaches.[6] February 5 is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Gampel Pavilion is a 10,167-seat multi-purpose arena in Storrs, Connecticut. ... The University of Connecticut, commonly known as UConn, is the State of Connecticuts land-grant university. ... Storrs, Connecticut - Near the Hawley Armory Gymnasium Storrs is a census-designated place and part of the town of Mansfield, Connecticut located in eastern Tolland County. ... Syracuse University Orange - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


NBA career

Draft

On April 16, 2004, he declared his eligibility for the 2004 NBA Draft, giving up his one remaining year of college athletic eligibility. On June 24, Okafor was selected second overall in the draft, becoming the first ever draft pick by the expansion Charlotte Bobcats. [7] The following day, he accepted an invitation to join the United States team for the 2004 Summer Olympics, which finished with the bronze medal in Athens. April 16 is the 106th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (107th in leap years). ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 NBA Draft - 24 June 2004 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft After the completion of the regular season, Emeka Okafor was named Rookie of the Year, while Ben Gordon earned the Sixth Man Award, becoming the first rookie in NBA history to do so. ... June 24 is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 190 days remaining. ... The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. They play in the Southeast Division, created because of the teams entry, of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association. ... Alternative meaning: Dream Team The Dream Team was the unofficial nickname of the United States mens basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. ... The ceremony for the lighting of the flame is arranged as a pagan pageant, with priestesses dancing. ... A bronze medal is a medal awarded to the third place finisher of contests (typically athletics competitions) such as the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, etc. ... Athens (Greek: Αθήνα - Athína) is the largest city and capital of Greece, located in the Attica periphery of central Greece. ...


2004-05: Rookie season

The 2004-2005 NBA season was a successful campaign as Okafor coped well with the pressures of being the star rookie on an expansion franchise. Highlights of the season included recording 19 straight double-doubles from November 21 through January 1, and finishing seventh among Eastern Conference forwards in NBA All-Star Game fan balloting with 408,082 votes, by far the highest number garnered by any rookie in 2005. At the end of the season, Okafor beat out his friend and former college teammate and roommate, Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon, to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.[8] On June 24, 2005, the Bobcats picked up the option for the fourth year on Okafor's contract, as he has quickly established himself as the face of the franchise, and a solid player for years to come. Okafor finished his rookie season with averages of 15.1 ppg on 44.7% shooting, 10.9 rpg., and 1.7 bpg. The 2004-05 NBA season was the 59th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... A double-double is a basketball term, defined as an individual performance in a game in which a player accumulates a double digit number total in any two of these categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked shots. ... November 21 is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... The Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... The Rookie: Norman Rockwells cover for The Saturday Evening Post Rookie is a term for a person who is in their first year of play of their sport and has little or no experience. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Benjamin (Ben) Gordon (born April 4, 1983 in London, England, UK)[1] is an American National Basketball Association player for the Chicago Bulls. ... The National Basketball Associations Rookie of the Year Award, first given after the 1952-53 NBA season, is given to the top first-year player in the league. ... June 24 is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 190 days remaining. ...


2005-06 season

In the offseason between his rookie and second years Okafor bulked up gaining 20 pounds going from 260 to 280 lbs. It is this weight gain which he feels caused him to have trouble rehabbing his early season ankle injury and forced him to sit out most of the 2005-06 season with injuries to his ankle.[9] Nonetheless in the few games he played he was effective as he averaged a double-double for the second consecutive season. For the season he finished with averages of 13.2 ppg on 41.5% shooting, 10.0 rpg., and 1.9 bpg. The 2005-06 NBA season was the 60th season of the National Basketball Association. ...


2006-07 season

Early into the 2006-07 season, Emeka Okafor has established himself as one of the best young centers in the NBA. During the offseason he continued his tutorials with Hakeem Olajuwon, which he took up after his rookie season,[9] and lost the 20 pounds which he had gained for his second season. Okafor feels this weight loss gives him more energy and mobilily. He currently leads the Bobcats in rebounds per game, blocks per game, and field goal percentage. He also had 8 blocks in one game this season against the Dallas Mavericks. Later he would record an NBA season high 10 blocks in 1 game against the New York Knicks. The 2006-07 NBA season was the 61st season of the National Basketball Association. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon (born Akeem Abdul Olajuwon on January 21, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Trivia

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See also

  • U.S. men's basketball team at the 2004 Olympics

Below are the teams for Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics. ...

Notes

  1. ^ a b http://www.nba.com/playerfile/emeka_okafor/bio.html
  2. ^ http://www.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stories/040604aac.html
  3. ^ Inside the NBA, Turner Network Television, air date December 8, 2006.
  4. ^ Okafor to sign with Connecticut, television station reports,AP Wire Report, April 20, 2001
  5. ^ http://www.hoopshype.com/players/emeka_okafor.htm
  6. ^ http://www.uconnhuskies.com/AllStories/MBasketball/2006/12/26/20061226.html
  7. ^ http://www.nba.com/bobcats/news/draft_okafor_062404.html
  8. ^ http://connecticut.scout.com/2/376674.html
  9. ^ a b http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/dailydime?page=dailydime-061125-26
  10. ^ http://www.nba.com/bobcats/news/okafor_chat051031.html
  11. ^ http://www.nba.com/playerfile/emeka_okafor/career_stats.html

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