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Full Name: Ejelu Uche Okafor
Position: Center
Height/Weight: 6-11 (2.10 m)/ 245 (111.1 kg)
Birthdate: March 21, 1981 (Anambra State, Nigeria)
Junior College: College of Southern Idaho
College: Missouri (Did Not Play)
Pro Teams: Dakota (MBA) & Adirondack (USBL)

College of Southern Idaho
SeasonGGSFGMFGAPCTFTMFTAPCTREBASTSTLBLPTSAVG
1999-00173369.4782654.481857814935.5
2000-013295187.508104189.5502302816772949.2
Totals49128256.500130243.5353153524913877.9
Three-point field goals: 1999-00, 1-for-2 (.500); 2000-01, 0-for-4 (.000). Totals: 1-for-6 (.167).

Originally an early entry candidate for the 2002 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration.

Career Notes: 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 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 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.

(2002-03): Signed to play for the Dakota Lightning Boltz in the XBA, which was later renamed the Midwest Basketball Association. Helped his Minot, North Dakota-based team to the regular season title, posting 15 points and 12 rebounds in the game that secured a first-place finish. In the league championship game, scored eight points to help Dakota notch a 119-103 victory over the Buffalo City Thunder.

Currently playing for the Adirondack Wildcats of the United States Basketball League. The USBL season started April 17 and concludes a few days before the NBA Draft.

Sophomore (2000-01): 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 it fell to Dixie College, 76-75. Was named Honorable Mention All-Region 18.

Freshman (1999-00): 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 per game in limited minutes. Team advanced to the national NJCAA Tournament.