Gani Lawal

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Gani Lawal
Lawal Gani.jpg
Lawal playing for Georgia Tech
No. 31 – Trabzonspor
Position Power forward / Center
League Turkish Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1988-11-07) November 7, 1988 (age 26)
College Park, Georgia
Nationality American / Nigerian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 234 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school Norcross (Norcross, Georgia)
College Georgia Tech (2007–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2011 Phoenix Suns
2010 Iowa Energy
2011 Zastal Zielona Góra
2011–2012 Xinjiang Flying Tigers
2012 Zastal Zielona Góra
2012 Chorale Roanne
2012–2013 Virtus Roma
2013 VEF Rīga
2013 Guangzhou Liu Sui
2013–2014 Emporio Armani Milano
2014–present Trabzonspor
Career highlights and awards

Gani Oladimeji Lawal, Jr. (born November 7, 1988) is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player who currently plays for Trabzonspor of the Turkish Basketball League (TBL). He played college basketball with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men's basketball team for 3 years. As a junior, Lawal led the team in field-goal percentage and blocked shots in the 2007–08 season.[1]

High school[edit]

During his time at Norcross High School, Lawal was named to the McDonald's All-American Team, following his senior season, and was Mr. Basketball 2007 in Georgia.[2]

College career[edit]


In his freshman season of 2007–08, Lawal scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shots, with four rebounds at Duke, snapping a streak of six games in single digits.[2] He also had a game-high nine rebounds in a 77–64 win over Presbyterian on January 6, 2008.[3]


In his sophomore season of 2008–09, Lawal scored a career-best 34 points[4] in an 85–83 Georgia Tech loss to Penn State, on December 3, 2008.[5] He had a career-high 16 rebounds in a 63–58 win over Tennessee State, on December 30, 2008.[6] He bettered that mark by one rebound, when he pulled down 17 in a 70–56 home loss to Duke, on January 14, 2009.[7] After originally entering the NBA draft following his sophomore year, Lawal pulled out of the draft on June 14, 2009, to return to Georgia Tech for his junior year.[8]

NCAA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
2007–08 Georgia Tech 32 ... 17.3 .570 .000 .495 3.5 0.3 0.4 1.0 7.2
2008–09 Georgia Tech 31 ... 29.7 .556 .000 .559 9.5 0.6 1.0 1.5 15.1
2009–10 Georgia Tech 36 ... 25.7 .529 .000 .572 8.5 0.4 0.4 1.4 13.1
Career[9] 99 ... 24.2 .419 .000 .752 7.2 0.4 0.6 1.3 11.8

Professional career[edit]

Lawal was drafted by the Phoenix Suns, with the 16th pick in the second round (46th overall), of the 2010 NBA Draft. Lawal played for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Summer League in 2010. On August 2, 2010, Lawal signed a contract with the Suns.[10] On November 16, 2010, after playing in none of the Suns prior regular season games, Lawal was assigned to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.[11]

He only played in only one regular season game with the Suns before tearing his ACL on January 6, 2011, effectively ending his 2010-11 season. In the two minutes he played against the Detroit Pistons on December 31, 2010, he recorded only one foul.

During the 2011 NBA lockout, Lawal signed with Zastal Zielona Góra of the Polish League.[12] After the lockout ended, the Suns ended up waiving Lawal, due to their depth situation at the power forward position.[13] Lawal then went to the San Antonio Spurs, to try out in their training camp, but he was cut afterwards. After the announcement that Kenyon Martin was leaving the Xinjiang Flying Tigers, Lawal signed with Xinjiang, as Martin's replacement. However, when the 2012 CBA Playoffs started, Lawal ended up being waived from the Flying Tigers, and he was replaced by Ike Diogu. He eventually ended up returning to Zastal, but was waived after a few weeks because, "he was not the same player who started the season with the club".

In April 2012, he signed with the French League club Chorale Roanne, until the end of the season.[14] In August 2012, he joined the Italian League team Virtus Roma.[15] In July 2013, he played two games in the 2nd-tier Chinese NBL with Guangzhou Liu Sui.[16] On August 9, 2013, Lawal signed a one-year deal with the Latvian League team VEF Rīga.[17] However, it was reported that he chose not to travel with the team for a Euroleague qualification match on October 1, 2013. The team's coach also said that he was disappointed with Lawal's attitude.[18] On October 3, 2013, Lawal officially parted ways with VEF Rīga.[19]

On October 5, 2013, he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.[20] However, he was waived on October 27.[21] On November 5, 2013, he signed with the Italian team Emporio Armani Milano for the rest of the 2013–14 season.[22]

In August 2014, he signed with Trabzonspor of the Turkish Basketball League.[23]

Nigerian national team[edit]

Lawal has also been a member of the senior men's Nigerian national basketball team. He played at the 2013 FIBA Africa Championship.


Lawal's mother's name is Michelle, and his father, Gani, Sr., a real estate developer and mortgage broker, is from Nigeria. He has two sisters, Khalilah and Chasitie, and one brother, Khalil.[1]


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