Tunji Awojobi

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Tunji Awojobi
Power forward
Personal information
Born (1973-07-30) July 30, 1973 (age 41)
Lagos, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Listed height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Listed weight 110 kg (243 lb)
Career information
High school Trinity (Manchester, New Hampshire)
College Boston University (1993–1997)
NBA draft 1997 / Undrafted
Pro career 1997–2008
Career history
1997 Meysuspor
1998–1999 Kuşadası
1999–2000 Châlons en Champaign
2000–2001 Cibona
2001–2002 Union Olimpija
2002 Imola
2002–2003 Ironi Ramat Gan
2003–2004 Hapoel Jerusalem
2004–2005 Spirou Charleroi
2005 Crvena zvezda
2005–2006 Ironi Ramat Gan
2006 Maccabi Givat Shmuel
2007–2008 Hapoel Gilboa/Afula
2008–2009 Avtodor Saratov
2012 Union Bank

Tunji Femi Awojobi (born July 30, 1973) is a retired Nigerian professional basketball player. A former boxer, Awojobi graduated from Boston University in 1997. Following graduation, he played in several European countries, most notably in Israel. Awojobi was also a member of the Nigerian national team, and he participated in the 1998 and 2006 FIBA World Championship. His best achievement in European basketball was winning the ULEB cup as the starting Center for Hapoel Jerusalem from Israel. In the finals Jerusalem beat Real Madrid 83:72.

College career[edit]

Awojobi played college basketball at Boston University (BU) for four years (1993–1997). He is the first player in New England college basketball history to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Awojobi concluded his outstanding career as just one of five Division I players to register career totals of 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 300 blocked shots. He joined a select group composed of Alonzo Mourning (Georgetown), Pervis Ellison (Louisville), Derrick Coleman (Syracuse), and David Robinson (Navy). Awojobi established 13 BU records, including points (2,308), rebounds (1,237), blocked shots (302), and field goals (871). His rebounding and scoring totals also rank among the best in the history of the America East. In 1996–97, Awojobi led BU to a school-record 25 victories and America East regular-season and tournament titles, and to the NCAA tournament. In recognition of his efforts, Awojobi was a four-time team MVP and first-team all-conference selection. In his senior year, he was named the league's Player of the Year as well as the MVP of the conference's tournament, while adding New England Division I Player of the Year and first-team All-ECAC honors. He was inducted into the BU Hall of Fame in 2002.

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