Ike Nwankwo

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Ike Nwankwo
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1973-12-27) December 27, 1973 (age 40)
Houston, Texas
Nationality American / Nigerian
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 257.4 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school Cypress Creek
(Houston, Texas)
College UCLA (1993–1995)
Long Beach State (1996–1997)
NBA draft 1998 / Undrafted
Pro career 1998–2010
Career history
1998 Cocodrilos de Caracas (Venezuela)
1998 Piratas de Quebradillas (Puerto Rico)
1998–1999 Tuborg Pilsener (Turkey)
1999 Prokom Trefl Sopot (Poland)
1999 Piratas de Quebradillas (Puerto Rico)
1999 Tuborg Pilsener (Turkey)
2000 Prokom Trefl Sopot (Poland)
2000 Mets de Guaynabo (Puerto Rico)
2000 Vaqueros de Bayamón (Puerto Rico)
2000–2001 Sioux Falls Skyforce (IBL)
2001 Marinos de Oriente (Venezuela)
2001–2002 Dynamo Moscow (Russia)
2002 Cocodrilos de Caracas (Venezuela)
2003 Huntsville Flight (D-League)
2003 Darüşşafaka (Turkey)
2004 Huntsville Flight (D-League)
2004–2005 CAB Madeira (Portugal)
2005–2006 Ovarense Basquetebol (Portugal)
2006–2007 Queluz (Portugal)
2007 Club Ourense Baloncesto (Portugal)
2007–2008 Belenenses (Portugal)
2008–2009 Club Malvín (Uruguay)
2009 Rotterdam Challengers (Netherlands)
2009–2010 Thailand Tigers (Thailand)

Ikenna (Ike) Nwankwo (born 27 December 1973 in Houston, Texas)[1] is a former Nigerian-American professional basketball player.

Collegiate career[edit]

A former UCLA Bruin, Nwankwo won a national championship on the 1994-1995 UCLA squad. Nwankwo has also played on 4 continents since graduation. He graduated from UCLA in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Professional career[edit]

Nwankwo began his professional career in Venezuela with the Cocodrilos de Caracas. After a very successful stint where he was the league MVP he then moved to Puerto Rico where he was an MVP candidate in Puerto Rico, with Quebradillas Pirates of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN) from 1998-1999. In 1998 Nwankwo also played his first season in Turkey where he would play for the next two seasons. He played with Tuborg where he led the league in rebounds at 10. 1 per game. He returned to Tuborg the following year until a knee injury cut his season short. He then signed in Poland with Prokom Trefl Sopot. Nwankwo signed with the Miami Heat of the NBA in 2000, the following year he signed with the Houston Rockets. From 2001-2003, Nwankwo played for several European clubs including MBC Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Superleague. In 2003 Nwankwo joined the Huntsville Flight (now Albuquerque Thunderbirds) of the National Basketball Development League. 2004 saw Nwankwo return to Turkey, where he played with Darüşşafaka S.K. of the Turkish Basketball League (TBL). Since 2005, Nwankwo has played in the Portuguese Basketball League (LCB) (2005 with CAB Madeira and since 2006 with CA Queluz.[2]

NBA trials[edit]

Nwankwo signed to play with an NBA squad every year from 2000-2004 except 2003, with the Miami Heat (2000), Houston Rockets (2001), Cleveland Cavaliers (2002)[3] and the Los Angeles Lakers (2004)[4] seasons.

International career[edit]

Although born in the United States, Nwankwo has represented the land of his ancestry, Nigeria, in international competition. He played for Nigeria at the FIBA Africa Championship 2003 and 2006 FIBA World Championship.[2]

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