Obinna Ekezie

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Obinna Ekezie
Personal information
Born (1975-08-22) August 22, 1975 (age 40)
Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 268.4 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school Worcester Academy
(Worcester, Massachusetts)
College Maryland (1995–1999)
NBA draft 1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37th overall
Selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies
Playing career 1999–2007
Position Center
Career history
1999–2000 Vancouver Grizzlies
2000–2001 Washington Wizards
2001 Dallas Mavericks
2001–2002 Los Angeles Clippers
2002-2003 Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)
2004-2005 Columbus Riverdragons (D-League)
2005 Atlanta Hawks
2006 Virtus Roma (Italy)
2006-2007 Dynamo Moscow (Russia)

Obinna Ralph Ekezie (born August 22, 1975) is a Nigerian former professional basketball player who played in the NBA and other leagues. His name, Obinna, means "Father´s heart".[1]


A 6'9" 270 lb center, Ekezie was selected with the 37th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies after playing with the Maryland Terrapins from 1995–1999. Obinna prepared for college at Worcester Academy, graduating in 1995.

Ekezie played for five NBA teams (1999–2005), and also professionally with Red Star Belgrade (Serbia), Lottomatica Roma (Italy),[2] and Dynamo Moscow.[2]

Ekezie is the founder of ZeepTravel, an online business allowing travel services for those going to and from America and Africa.


  1. ^ Meaning of Obinna in
  2. ^ a b Dynamo tabs big man Ekezie, November 29, 2006

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