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Full Name: Ugonna Nnamdi Onyekwe
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-8 (2.03 m)/ 230 (104.3 kg)
Birthdate: July 14, 1979 (Lagos, Nigeria)
High School: Mercersburg Academy (Mercersburg, Pa.)
College: Pennsylvania

Three-point field goals: 1999-00, 14-for-49 (.286); 2000-01, 4-for-30 (.133); 2001-02, 22-for-60 (.367); 2002-03, 13-for-49 (.265). Totals: 53-for-188 (.282).

Career Highlights: Named Honorable Mention All-America by AP as a senior. Honored as Ivy League Player of the Year following final two collegiate seasons, joining Princeton’s Kit Mueller as only two-time sole winner. Finished career ranked second in Quaker history in scoring (11th in Ivy League history).

Senior (2002-03): Was a unanimous All-Ivy League First Team selection. Also named to USBWA All-District Team and NABC All-District Team. Topped Penn in scoring and ranked second in Ivy League. Averaged team-high 6.4 rpg. Recorded nine 20-point efforts. Poured in 22 points vs. Villanova, 19 points (on 8-of-11 shooting) against USC and career-high-tying 30 points in NCAA Tournament loss to Oklahoma State. Racked up 21 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and two steals vs. Brown.

Junior (2001-02): Named Ivy League Player of the Year and was unanimous pick for All-Ivy First Team. Also selected for All-Philadelphia Big 5 First Team and NABC/Pontiac Division I All-District Team. Led Penn in scoring, field goal shooting, rebounding (6.0 rpg) and blocks. Dropped career-high-tying 30 points on Georgia Tech. Scored 16 points in NCAA Tournament against California. Roasted then-#2 Illinois for 28 points. Shot 10-for-10 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line en route to 28-point performance vs. Cornell. Grabbed career-high-tying 14 rebounds against Davidson. Named Ivy League Player of the Week three times.

Sophomore (2000-01): Selected to All-Ivy Second Team. Topped team in rebounding. Scored 26 points and pulled down 11 boards vs. Seton Hall and had 20 points against Final Four-bound Maryland. Recorded seven double-doubles. Was at his best against Top 25 schools, averaging 23.0 points and 8.5 rebounds. Posted career-high-tying 14 rebounds and three blocks against Penn State.

Freshman (1999-00): Became sixth Quaker to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors. Also named to All-Ivy Second Team. In first collegiate game, posted 14 points and eight rebounds in road game at Kentucky. Had 17 points and six rebounds in NCAA Tournament vs. Illinois. Blocked career-high five shots apiece against Cornell and Dartmouth.

Strengths: Excellent athletic ability and quickness for his size. Averaged more than one block and one steal per game for college career and improved his free throw shooting each year.

Personal: Enrolled in the Wharton School at Penn. Likes to be called “U.” Born in Nigeria, he lived in London, England as a teenager before coming to United States for his final two years of high school.