Gabe Muoneke

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Nnadubem Gabriel Enyinaya Muoneke (born 7 February 1978, in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is a Nigerian American professional basketball player. Despite being born in the United States, Muoneke represents Nigeria internationally.

Muoneke attended Cypress Falls High School in northwest Houston, Texas. After graduation, he enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin, from which he graduated in 2000 after starting for 4 years on the school's basketball team. He was a first round pick of the Columbus Riverdragons (now Austin Toros) then the Roanoke Dazzle also of the NBDL. He has played in the summer leagues of the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Hornets.

Muoneke has played around the world, including with the Ponce Lions in Puerto Rico, Pınar Karşıyaka in Turkey, the Beijing Olympians in China, Pusan Magic Wings, Seoul SK Knights in South Korea, and Saba Battery in Iran, among other places.

Since November 2007, Muoneke has been maintaining a blog on, where he discusses his playing career, life in foreign countries, and politics.

In Winter 2007-08 he signed a three-month contract with Saski Baskonia of the Spanish ACB to replace the injured Simas Jasaitis. When the contract expired, it was not renewed by the team.

During his time in China while playing for the Yunnan Running Bulls, Muoneke was physically attacked during a postgame confrontation between himself and Chinese national team captain and Shanghai Sharks player Liu Wei. After Muoneke and the Sharks' Cai Liang wrestled for the ball during the game, Cai, Liu and some Sharks players confronted Muoneke, his wife, children and mother-in-law as they were leaving the stadium. Muoneke had a water bottle thrown at him, before being chased and cornered by the players. Liu and Cai were subsequently fined and suspended. The Shanghai Sharks were also fined. Muoneke was not injured.[1]

In Summer 2008-09, he signed with ASVEL Villeurbanne, but was released in September. He then signed with the Utah Jazz but was waived in October.

On his blog in 2010, he alluded to a retirement from professional basketball.[2]



  1. ^ China player Liu Wei penalized after attacking former NBA forward Gabe Muoneke - ESPN
  2. ^ NBA Blogs - Gabe Muoneke

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