Akin Akingbala

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Akin Akingbala
Free agent
Position Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1983-03-25) 25 March 1983 (age 34)
Lagos, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school Brunswick School
(Greenwich, Connecticut)
College Clemson (2002–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Undrafted
Playing career 2006–present
Career history
2006 Los Angeles D-Fenders
2006–2007 Plus Pujol Lleida
2007–2008 Ventspils
2008 Universitet Yugra Surgut
2008–2012 SLUC Nancy Basket
2012–2013 Azovmash
2013–2014 VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster
2014–2015 SPO Rouen Basket
2015–2016 Shahrdari Tabriz
2017 Sáenz Horeca Araberri
Career highlights and awards

Akinlolu Akinayi Akingbala (born 25 March 1983) is a Nigerian professional basketball player who last played for Sáenz Horeca Araberri of the LEB Oro. He played college basketball for the Clemson University. He is 2.09m (6 ft 10) tall and he can play both power forward and center positions.

College career[edit]

After playing high school basketball at Brunswick School in Greenwich, Connecticut, Akingbala played college basketball at Clemson University, with the Clemson Tigers. A highlight of his college career was a 21-point, 16-rebound performance, in an 86–81 win over Virginia Tech, on 1 March 2006.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Akingbala went undrafted in the 2006 NBA draft. In July 2006, he joined the Boston Celtics for the 2006 NBA Summer League.[2] He later signed with the Celtics, but they waived him in October 2006.[3][4] He then joined the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League.

In December 2006, he moved to Spain and signed with Plus Pujol Lleida of the LEB Gold for the rest of the season.[5] In October 2007, he signed a one-year deal with Ventspils of Latvia.[5]

In September 2008, he signed with Universitet Yugra Surgut of Russia.[5] He left them on 10 December 2008.[5] On 15 December 2008, he moved to France and signed with SLUC Nancy Basket for the remainder of the season.[6] In June 2009, he extend his contract with two more years.[7] In July 2011, he extended his contract for one more year.[8]

In August 2012, he signed a one-year deal with BC Azovmash of Ukraine.[9] In July 2013, he signed with Enel Brindisi of Italy.[10] He left them before the start of the season.[11] In December 2013, he signed a one-year deal with VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster of Belgium.[12]

In July 2014, he signed a one-year deal with SPO Rouen Basket of the French LNB Pro A.[13][14] In February 2015, Rouen released him.[15][16]

On January 6, 2017, Akingbala signed with Spanish club Sáenz Horeca Araberri for the rest of the 2016–17 LEB Oro season.[17] One month later, he parted ways with Araberri.[18]

Nigerian national team[edit]

Akingbala has also been a member of the senior men's Nigerian national basketball team. He played at the 2009 FIBA African Championship.


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