Chinemelu Elonu

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Chinemelu Elonu
Personal information
Born (1987-03-11) March 11, 1987 (age 29)
Enugu, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian / American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
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
Playing career 2009–present
Position Center
Number 12
Career history
2009–2010 CAI Zaragoza (Spain)
2010–2011 Panionios (Greece)
2011–2012 Pau-Orthez (France)
2012–2013 Tofaş (Turkey)
2013 Jiangsu Dragons (China)
2013–2014 Tofaş (Turkey)
2014 CAI Zaragoza (Spain)
2014–2015 Tofaş (Turkey)
2015 Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico)
2015-2016 Beşiktaş (Turkey)

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[edit]

Elonu attended Alief Elsik High School where he averaged 15.0 points per game as a senior, helping the team to a 33-5 record while posting career highs of 21 points and 20 rebounds.[1]

College career[edit]

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.[2] He graduated from the school in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Leadership and Development.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Elonu was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 59th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.[2][4] 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.[5]

In the August of 2010, Elonu signed a contract with Panionios in Greece.[6]

In the January of 2011, Elonu signed a contract with Pau-Orthez in France. He averaged 10.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.[6]

In the summer of 2012, Elonu signed a contract with Tofaş of the Turkish Basketball League.[7]

In June 2013, Elonu signed with Jiangsu Dragons from China.[8]

In May 2014, Elonu came back to Zaragoza four years later, signing a contract until the end of the 2013–14 ACB season.[9] Later in the year he returned to Tofaş.

On June 9, 2015, Elonu signed with Capitanes de Arecibo of Puerto Rico.[10]

On November 9, 2015, Elonu signed with Beşiktaş of the Turkish Basketball League (TBL).[11][12]

Statistics[edit]

Legend
  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

Regular season

Year Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 France Pau-Orthez LNB Pro A 30 24.2 .634 .603 8.3 0.6 0.6 1.1 10.4
2012–13 Turkey Tofaş TBL 29 21.2 .661 .515 7.6 0.3 0.4 1.1 9.6

Playoffs

Year Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 Turkey Tofaş TBL 2 23.0 .474 .500 .833 8.5 1.0 0.0 0.5 11.5

Personal life[edit]

The son of Dozie and Amaka Elonu, he majored in agricultural leadership.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Texas A&M bio". AggieAthletics.com. Archived from the original on February 5, 2009. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Zwerneman, Brent (June 27, 2009). "A&M hoops star Elonu sets sights on NBA career". Chron.com. Retrieved June 27, 2009. 
  3. ^ Young, Larry (June 22, 2009). "A&M's Elonu enters NBA Draft short on centers". Chron.com. Retrieved June 22, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Meet Chinemelu Elonu". NBA.com. July 15, 2009. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ Teaford, Elliott (September 15, 2009). "Draft pick signs … in Spain". InsideSocal.com. Retrieved September 15, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Chinemelu Elonu inks with Pau-Orthez". Sportando.com. January 25, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Tofas Bursa adds Chinemelu Elonu". Sportando.com. August 16, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Chinemelu Elonu signed in China with Jiangsu". Sportando.com. June 27, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Elonu regresa al CAI Zaragoza para reforzarlo hasta final de temporada". ACB.com (in Spanish). May 19, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Capitanes firman un nuevo centro". PrimeraHora.com (in Spanish). June 9, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Chinemelu Elonu Beşiktaş’ta". BJK.com.tr (in Turkish). November 9, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Besiktas signs Chinemelu Elonu". Sportando.com. November 9, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 

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