|Vaqueros de Bayamón|
April 2, 1983 |
|Listed height||7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|College||Chicago State (2003–2005)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|2005–2007||Fort Worth Flyers|
|2008–2009||Scavolini Spar Pesaro|
|2010||SPO Rouen Basket|
|2012||Petrochimi Bandar Imam|
|2015||Vaqueros de Bayamón|
|2015||Metros de Santiago|
|2016||Vaqueros de Bayamón|
|2017–present||Vaqueros de Bayamón|
|Career highlights and awards|
Akindele Jeleel Ayodeji (born April 2, 1983) is a Nigerian professional basketball player for Vaqueros de Bayamón of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN). In Yoruba, Akindele means "conquering warrior returns home".
Akindele chose Chicago State over Rutgers, St. Peters and St. Marys. During Akindele's first season in Chicago, the 7'1" center averaged 7.1 points per game (ppg),5.6 rebound (rpg) and 1.94 blocks per game (bpg). In his second season, Akindele improved his block total by 8 in 4 fewer games (2.50 bpg), as well as improving his scoring average to 12 ppg. His best game, statistically, was when he registered 28 points (10-for-13 field goals), 21 rebounds, and 4 blocks in 79–71 loss to Green Bay on December 1, 2004. He was also named the Mid-Continent Conference defensive player of the year for 2004–2005.
Akindele left Chicago State after his sophomore year, declaring himself eligible for the 2005 NBA Draft. Going unselected in 2005, had a short stint with the NBA Golden State Warriors. Akindele was selected in the fourth round of the Development League's Draft by the Fort Worth Flyers.
In December 2010 he signed with Montepaschi Siena until the end of the 2010–11 season. In August 2011 he returned to Russia to play for Spartak Primorye. In February 2012, he signed in Iran with Petrochimi Bandar Imam. In August 2012, he signed with Juvecaserta Basket. In April 2013, he left them and signed with Champville in Lebanon.
On June 11, 2015, he signed with Yeşilgiresun Belediye of the Turkish Basketball League for the 2015–16 season. On June 27, 2015, he signed a short-term deal with Vaqueros de Bayamón of Puerto Rico for the rest of the 2015 BSN season. In July 2015, he joined the Metros de Santiago of Dominican Republic for the rest of the 2015 LNB season.
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- Montepaschi lands Deji Akindele. Euroleague.net. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
- Spartak Primorye lands Torey Thomas and Jekeel Akindele. Sportando.net. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
- "Jeleel Akindele signed with Petrochimi". Eurobasket.net. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "Juve Caserta announced Jeleel Akindele". Sportando.net. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "Jeleel Akindele inks in Lebanon with Champville". Sportando.net. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- "Jeleel Akindele (ex Champville) is a newcomer at Buducnost". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
- El Herbalife Gran Canaria se hace con los servicios de Jeleel Akindele; ACB.com 15 April 2014 (Spanish)
- "Jeleel Akindele signs with Fuenlabrada". Sportando.com. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
- "ACB.COM - Jeleel Akindele, MVP del mes de Enero". acb.com. Retrieved 2015-01-27.
- "Yesilgiresun signs Jeleel Akindele". Sportando.com. 11 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
- "Vaqueros de Bayamon sign Jeleel Akindele to a short-deal". Sportando.com. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
- "Jeleel Akindele joins Metros de Santiago". Court-side.com. 13 July 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
- "Jeleel Akindele (ex Bayamon) joins Fuerza Regia". Eurobasket.com. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
- "Deji Akindele and Hector Hernandez ink with Vaqueros de Bayamon". Sportando.com. 5 April 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
- FIBA.com profile. Libya2009.fiba.com. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.