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Before comminting to Connecticut, Okafor strongly considered going to Arkansas.
Okafor plays alongside Sean May. Both of these players won the NCAA Championship the year before being drafted by the Bobcats.
Okafor: we have to go out and play hard.
Okafor blocked 4.41 shots per game in the Big ast. that is number 1 all-time.
his field goal percentage atUConn was 58.3%. That is number one all-time at UConn.
he was a finance major at UConn.
Okafor holds the career record for blocked shots at UConn.
Okafor has only attempted 1 three pointer in his entire career.
Okafor's career high for made field goals is 13.
Okafor's career high for made free throws is 13.
Okafor's career high for offensive rebounds is 11.
Okafor's career high for defensive rebounds is 16.
Okafor's career high for total rebounds is 19.
Okafor's career high for assists if 4.
Okafor's career high for steals is 2.
Okafor's career high for blocks is 6.
Okafor's career high for minutes played is 52.
Okafor is #50.
Okafor was selected second overall in the draft, becoming the first ever draft pick by the expansion Charlotte Bobcats.
Okafor was named the Academic All-American of the Year in 2004 for his work on and off the court.
he graduated with honors after three years in May 2004 with a 3.8 GPA
Okafor left UConn in his junior year.
Okafor led the nation in blocks in 2004 and was also named National Defensive Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
On June 24, 2005, the Bobcats picked up the option for the fourth year on Okafor's contract, as he has quickly established himself as the face of the franchise, and a solid player for years to come.
Okafor beat out his friend and college teammate, Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon, to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
in the '05/'06 season, Okafor had 19 strait double-doubles.
Okafor has never made the playoffs.
Okafor played alongside Ben Gordon while at UConn.
Okafor is on the cover of the video game: NCAA Basketball 2005.
Okafor has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Okafor finished fourth in the league in rebounding (10.9) in 2004-05.
Okafor finished fourth in the league with 47 double-doubles in 2004-05.
Okafor was named the 2004-05 got milk? Rookie of the Year and selected to the All-Rookie First Team.
Okafor: I looked and Vince Carter, he played like 20-something games one year. I looked at everybody and a lot of high-profile players have missed a lot of games. A lot of them bounced back. So I can think to myself, 'OK, they did it, so I can do it,? and I don?t feel like the biggest loser.
Okafor: If you fill your team with people that are used to winning, the tendency is that they will get the team to win, somehow, someway, eventually.
Okafor: I try to dissect it, I try to cut it up, I try to analyze; I don't know. I busted my [butt] this summer, but I'm not getting the results I thought I'd get. Not at all.
Okafor has yet to make the NBA playoffs.
Okafor has played in the NBA for 2 seasons.
Okafor: It was eating me up inside. My first time in the Final Four, I didn't want to miss a minute. I was going to miss 16.
Okafor has averaged 14.6 points per game in his career.
Okafor weighs 252 pounds.
Okafor: We just lose focus or whatever. We play with emotion, but sometimes we seem to get into lulls.
Okafor: It made me feel real special, all warm inside.
Okafor: I think he understands what great talent we have, but he's doing a good job keeping us grounded. The ranking is not going to carry us to the championship game on April 5. We have to live up to it.
Okafor: If you don't think you can make the playoffs, then what's the point of even stepping on the court to begin with? Will we make the playoffs? Who knows? But that's our mentality.
Okafor: I've never really had a solid, legitimate post game where I felt comfortable with my back to the basket. I could fake it, but my confidence wasn't that high. Now I'm getting it because I have something to work with.
Okafor: After that first day I questioned whether or not basketball was for me.
Okafor: I think it's just a testament to how good of a coach and person he is. He can't make us run suicides or punish us for not being here. We wanted to do this. We wanted to be here to show our appreciation. He's a great guy and a great coach and everybody's here to show love for him.
Emeka Okafor is 6 ft. 10 inches tall.
Okafor was named MOP for the 2004 NCAA tournament.