CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Orlando in the first round (16th overall) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
COLLEGE CAPSULE: Played in 72 career games (38 starts) during two seasons (2017-19) at Auburn University, averaging 9.9 ppg., 6.3 rpg., 1.5 apg. and 1.28 stlpg. in 25.5 minpg., while shooting .389 (89-229) from three-point range…Named to the 2019 SEC All-Tournament Team and the 2019 All-Midwest Regional Team…As a sophomore (2018-19), appeared and started in 38 games, averaging 12.0 ppg., 6.8 rpg., 1.9 apg., 1.82 stlpg. and 1.21 blkpg. in 29.1 minpg., while shooting .387 (55-142) from three-point range…Led the Tigers in rebounding, steals (third in the SEC) and blocked shots…His 69 steals were the third-most in a season in Auburn history…Helped the Tigers reach the NCAA Final Four, but sustained a season-ending knee injury (torn left ACL) during their Sweet Sixteen win against North Carolina…During that contest, became the first Auburn player since 2000 and fifth ever to record 20+ points and 10+ rebounds in a NCAA Tournament game…As a freshman (2017-18), played in 34 games, averaging 7.5 ppg., 5.8 rpg. and 1.1 apg. in 21.6 minpg….Finished fourth among SEC freshmen in rebounding…His 197 rebounds were the most by an Auburn freshman since 1984-85…Named SEC Freshman of the Week for the period ending Dec. 4.
Full name is Chukwuma Julian Okeke…Born in Atlanta, Georgia…Chukwuma means “God knows”…Son of Chuka and Renee Okeke…Father, Chuka, is from Nigeria…Attended Westlake High School in Atlanta and led them to the 2016 Georgia Class 6A state championship as a junior…Named Mr. Basketball in Georgia in 2017 following his senior season…Favorite food is philly cheesesteaks…Favorite movie is Gridiron Gang...You can follow him on Twitter: @chuma_okeke and on Instagram: @chumaokeke_.