Full Name:
Ejelu Uche Okafor
Position:
Center
College:
Missouri
Height:
6-11
Weight:
245
Junior College:
College of Southern Idaho
Birthdate:
March 21, 1981
Birthplace:
Anambra State, Nigeria

Statistics

HIGHLIGHTS
An early entry candidate for the 2002 NBA Draft.
Expected to play for the University of Missouri for the 2001-02 season, but the NCAA denied him eligibility.
One of three celebrated Nigerian basketball players who were brought to Russia in 1999 under questionable circumstances and have had eligibility problems related to their brief stay there ever since.
The other two Nigerians are Benjamin Eze, who also played at the College of Southern Idaho during the 2000-01 season and subsequently applied for early entry into the 2001 NBA Draft; and fellow 2002 NBA Draft early entry candidate Muhammed Lasege, who won a court injunction to play for Louisville during the 2000-01 season but ultimately lost a long-running battle with the NCAA regarding his eligibility and was also forced to sit out the 2001-02 season.
Was rated as the No. 2 junior college prospect in the nation by CBS Sportsline.com and No. 6 by PrepStars.
Signed to play at and attend Missouri in April 2001.


AT COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN IDAHO
As a sophomore at College of Southern Idaho, averaged 9.2 points, team-leading 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots in about 22 minutes per game.
Helped team (29-4, #4 national JUCO ranking) to NJCAA Region 18 championship game, where they fell to Dixie College, 76-75.
Was named Honorable Mention All-Region 18.

As a freshman, helped College of Southern Idaho finish with a 29-7 record, playing in 17 games and averaging 5.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and nearly one blocked shot in limited minutes.
Team advanced to the national NJCAA Tournament.

STATISTICS
SEASON G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
1999-00 17 0 33 69 .478 26 54 .481 85 7 8 14 93 5.5
2000-01 32 0 95 187 .508 104 189 .550 230 28 16 77 294 9.2
TOTALS 49 0 128 256 .500 130 243 .535 315 35 24 91 387 7.9
Three-point field goals: 1999-00, 1-for-2 (.500); 2000-01, 0-for-4 (.000). Totals: 1-for-6 (.167).