July 10, 1975 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|College||North Carolina (1995–1999)|
|NBA draft||1999 / Undrafted|
The 6' 9", 235 lb (2.06 m, 107 kg) forward played college basketball in the United States at North Carolina and flirted briefly with the NBA before moving on to a successful international professional basketball career in Europe.
Okulaja played college basketball at North Carolina from 1995 to 1999. During the 1997-1998 NCAA season, he was a member of new coach Bill Guthridge's successful "six starters" rotation with Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, Ed Cota, Shammond Williams and Makhtar N'Diaye. In his senior season, he was named MVP of the Tar Heels basketball team, and won a spot on the 1998-99 All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team.
Okulaja has played professionally for a variety of Euroleague teams, including ALBA Berlin (1999–2000) and RheinEnergie Köln (2005–2006) in Germany; CB Girona (2000–2001 and 2003–04), Barcelona (2001–2002), Unicaja Malaga (2002–2003) and Pamesa Valencia (2004–2005) in Spain; and Benetton Treviso in Italy (2004). His ALBA Berlin team won the 1999-2000 German National (Bundesliga) championship. He won the "Rookie of the Year" award with Girona, and was an All-League First Team selection that year. In 2002, he won the award for "Most Spectacular Player" at the Spanish All-Star Game.
Okulaja had three different attempts to join the NBA; his first training camp experience was with the Philadelphia 76ers, then with the San Antonio Spurs, and finally the Utah Jazz, but was unable to make an NBA roster.
On July 12, 2010, he announced his retirement from professional basketball.
German national team
Okulaja was also an experienced member of the Germany national basketball team. He played with the team at the European Championships in 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001. He competed with the German National Team in Japan at the 2006 FIBA World Basketball Championship tournament alongside NBA star Dirk Nowitzki.
- Official Website Bio
- Players Index: Ademola Okulaja Archived June 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- OKULAJA, ADEMOLA - Welcome to ULEB Cup[permanent dead link]
- http://www.uncbasketball.com/stories/061301_blueheaven.shtml[permanent dead link]
- Official Website Bio