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Prospect Profile:
Emeka Okafor (A-MEK-a O-ka-for)
Selected with No. 2 overall pick by Charlotte Bobcats

Full Name: Chukwuemeka Noubuisi Okafor
Position: Forward/Center
Height/Weight: 6-10 (2.08 m) / 252 (114.3 kg)
Birthdate: September 28, 1982 (Houston)
High School: Bellaire HS (Houston, Texas)
College: Connecticut
NBA Draft 2004
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Connecticut
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2001-02 34 34 105 178 .590 57 92 .620 0 0 306 27 26 138 267 7.90
2002-03 33 33 221 381 .580 82 137 .599 0 0 370 18 29 156 524 15.9
2003-04 36 36 261 436 .599 113 218 .518 0 0 415 36 36 147 635 17.6
Totals 103 103 587 995 .590 252 447 .564 0 0 1091 81 91 441 1426 13.8

An early entry candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft.

Career Highlights: Named Co-National Player of the Year (along with Jameer Nelson of St. Joseph’s) by the NABC and was one of only two players unanimously named (with Nelson) First Team All-America by the Associated Press as a junior. Earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the 2004 NCAA Final Four. Received National Defensive Player of the Year honors from the NABC his sophomore and junior seasons. Finished career as the seventh all-time leading shotblocker in NCAA history with 441, and holds Connecticut’s top three single-season blocked shot totals. Also ranks as Connecticut’s all-time career leader in field goal percentage (.590). Was a member of Team USA at the 2003 Pan American Games.

Junior (2003-04): Named Big East Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Averaged 17.6 points, 11.5 rebounds (third nationally) and 4.1 blocks (tied for first). Led NCAA Division I with 24 double-doubles. Scored career-high 29 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked five shots at North Carolina. Posted first career triple-double with 18 points, 15 rebounds and a school-record 10 blocks against Army. Recorded 14 points, a career-high 22 rebounds and seven blocks against Notre Dame. Scored 18 points, all in the last 15 minutes of the game, in the Final Four against Duke. Posted 24 points and 15 rebounds in the national championship game against Georgia Tech.

Sophomore (2002-03): Averaged 15.9 points, 11.2 rebounds (seventh nationally) and led the country with 4.7 blocks. Recorded 22 double-doubles. Scored 20 or more points eight times, with a season-high 25 points on two occasions, at Vanderbilt and at Boston College. Registered 18 points and 15 rebounds against Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Posted 21 points, 17 rebounds and six blocks against Texas in the Sweet 16. Earned Third Team All-America honors from the NABC.

Freshman (2001-02): Averaged 7.9 points, 9.0 rebounds and led the nation with 4.1 blocks. Narrowly missed posting a triple-double with season-highs of 19 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks in a win at Arizona. Recorded 12 points and 15 rebounds against Hampton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Strengths: An imposing defensive presence, with improving offensive skills. An extremely intelligent and hard-working player who accepts coaching and wants to improve.

Personal: A finance major scheduled to graduate in May. Named a First Team Academic All-American by CoSIDA his sophomore and junior seasons.

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