Chukwuma Julian "Chuma" Okeke was born in 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia. His father, Chuka Okeke, is from Nigeria. The 6-foot-8 forward attended Westlake High School in his hometown Atlanta. As a junior, Okeke led the Lions to the Georgia Class 6A state championship. During his senior season at Westlake, Okeke averaged 24.4 points, 15.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals. At the end of the campaign, Okeke was named Mr. Georgia Basketball by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. In 2017, he was invited to the USA Basketball U19 World Cup tryouts. As a sophomore at Auburn, Okeke tore the ACL in his left knee during the Tigers' 2019 Sweet 16 NCAA tournament game but still declared in May for the 2019 NBA Draft. His favorite movie is Gridiron Gang, and his favorite food is Philly cheesesteak. His full first name, Chukwuma, means "God Knows."