Ezekiel Tobechukwu "Zeke" Nnaji was born in Minneapolis on January 9, 2001. His last name is pronounced "Nah-jee". Zeke's father Alphan is from Nigeria and his mother Janel is from Minnesota. Nnaji has a younger sister, Maya, who is a highly regarded high school basketball player. As a youngster, Nnaji originally played baseball and soccer. He has played the piano since the first grade and composes his own music. Nnaji started his high school career at Lakeville North High School in Lakeville, Minnesota, but later transferred to Hopkins High School in Minnetonka. As a senior at Hopkins, Nnaji averaged 24.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. He also led Hopkins to a Minnesota 4A state title over Lakeville North. For college, Nnaji attended the University of Arizona for one season before declaring himself eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft. Fans can follow the Wildcat product on Twitter via @ZekeNnaji_Hoopz.