March 11, 1987 |
|Nationality||Nigerian / American|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||235 lb (107 kg)|
|High school||Alief Elsik (Houston, Texas)|
|College||Texas A&M (2006–2009)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 59th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers|
|2009–2010||CAI Zaragoza (Spain)|
|2013||Jiangsu Dragons (China)|
|2014||CAI Zaragoza (Spain)|
|2015||Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico)|
Chinemelu D. Elonu, Jr. (born March 11, 1987) is a Nigerian American professional basketball player who currently plays for Beşiktaş of the Turkish Basketball League (TBL). He played college basketball for Texas A&M.
High school career
Elonu played at Texas A&M University from the 2006–2009 seasons. His junior and final season, he averaged 10 points and 7 rebounds per game. He graduated from the school in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Leadership and Development.
Elonu was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 59th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He later signed a two-year deal with the Spanish team CAI Zaragoza where he averaged 6.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. He had an opt-out clause that would have allowed him to sign with the Lakers after the 2009-10 season.
|GP||Games played||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||Led the league|
|2011–12||Pau-Orthez||LNB Pro A||30||24.2||.634||–||.603||8.3||0.6||0.6||1.1||10.4|
The son of Dozie and Amaka Elonu, he majored in agricultural leadership.
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- "Chinemelu Elonu inks with Pau-Orthez". Sportando.com. January 25, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2011.
- "Tofas Bursa adds Chinemelu Elonu". Sportando.com. August 16, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2012.
- "Chinemelu Elonu signed in China with Jiangsu". Sportando.com. June 27, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
- "Elonu regresa al CAI Zaragoza para reforzarlo hasta final de temporada". ACB.com (in Spanish). May 19, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
- "Capitanes firman un nuevo centro". PrimeraHora.com (in Spanish). June 9, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
- "Chinemelu Elonu Beşiktaş’ta". BJK.com.tr (in Turkish). November 9, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
- "Besiktas signs Chinemelu Elonu". Sportando.com. November 9, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015.