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Who is Onyeka Okongwu?
Onyeka Okongwu is a professional American basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA (National Basketball Association). While at college, he played college basketball for the USC Trojans. At Chino Hills High School, he was a four-year starter playing alongside Lonzo and LaMelo Ball. He then helped his team win the state championship and achieve national success as a freshman. While also being named MaxPreps co-National Freshman of the Year.
In his junior and senior seasons, he led his high school team to two more state titles, thus earning back-to-back California Mr. Basketball honors. ESPN and Rivals considered him a five-star recruit. In his only college season, he played for USC and was named to the first-team All-Pac-12.
How Old Is Onyeka Okongwu?
He is 22 years old as of January 2023, having been born on December 11, 2000, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Okongwu shares his birthdate with celebrities such as; Hailee Steinfeld, Alexa Demie, Jack Griffo, aimsey, Sam Wilkinson, and many more.
Onyeka Okongwu Family
Who are Onyeka Okongwu Parents?
He was born to Mike Okongwu (Father) and Kate Okongwu (Mother). His mother is a registered nurse, however, his father passed away in 2021.
Does Onyeka Okongwu have Siblings?
He has two younger siblings. A younger brother by the name of Chukwuemeka and a younger sister by the name of Chinemya. Moreover, he had an elder brother by the name of Nnamdi Okongwu (who died on July 17, 2014) who suffered a brain injury from skateboarding.
Onyeka Okongwu Education
He received his high school education at Chino Hills High School. After high school, he attended The University of Southern California.
Onyeka Okongwu Marital Status
On his love life matters, he is seen as a person who hates drama and loves his privacy. He has managed to keep his marriage/dating life low-key thus leaving many with a lot of unanswered questions. In case there is news regarding this matter, we will update it here as soon as possible.
Onyeka Okongwu Kids
He does not have any kids as of January 2023. In case there is new news regarding this matter, we will update it here as soon as possible.
Onyeka Okongwu Career
A High School Career
Since his freshman season, he started on the varsity basketball team. And in his first year, he was teammates with brothers Lonzo, LiAngelo Ball, and LaMelo Ball who helped elevate the team into the national spotlight. His team thus ranked one in the country with a 35-0 record and captured the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Open Division state title. Okongwu then shared MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year honors with his teammate LaMelo Ball. This was after averaging 7.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks per game. As a sophomore, he helped Chino Hills reach the CIF Southern Section Open Division semifinals and the CIF State Southern Regional semifinals.
He continued to lead his team to CIF Southern Section Division I and CIF Division I championships in his junior season. He then averaged 28 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks per game thus earning California Mr. Basketball and USA Today All-USA California first-team honors. As a senior, he led Chino Hills to a runner-up finish at the CIF Southern Section Division I tournament and its second consecutive CIF Division I state title. He repeated as California Mr. Basketball after averaging 27 points, 11 rebounds, 4.3 blocks, and four assists per game. This made him become the fifth player to ever do so and thus received USA Today All-USA California first-team distinction.
He finished his freshman season with offers to play college basketball for UCLA and USC. Thus he committed to USC on May 14, 2018, over UCLA and Arizona State. He was then drawn to the program because of its proximity and coaching staff. He left high school as a five-star recruit on ESPN and Rivals. And as a four-star recruit on 247Sports.
A College Career
Immediately, he established himself as USC’s best player. On November 5, 2019, in his collegiate debut, he recorded 20 points, 13 rebounds, and a school-record eight blocks to lead the Trojans to a 77-48 victory over Florida A&M. This made him become the first USC player to post a double-double in his debut since Taj Gibson in 2006. He went on to score a career-high 33 points including 17 free throws on November 19, in a 91-84 win over Pepperdine.
This performance helped him claim Pac-12 Conference player and freshman of the week honors on November 25. On December 1, he recorded 27 points on 12-of-14 shooting, 14 rebounds, and three blocks in a 77-62 win over Harvard at the Orlando Invitational. In a December 15 win over Long Beach State, he scored 28 points, 24 of which came in the second half, and grabbed 12 rebounds. For the second time, he was named Pac-12 freshman of the week.
He then continued his constituency into the Pac-13 season. He had another strong performance on January 2, 2020, with 27 points on 12-of-14 shooting and 12 rebounds in a 65-56 win over Washington State. On January 24, he tallied 23 points, 14 rebounds, and six blocks in a 79-70 double overtime loss to Oregon. At the end of the regular season, he was named to their first team All-Pac-12 and the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team.
He then led USC with 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game. However, the Pac-12 tournament and the NCAA tournament were canceled due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. Okongwu then announced on March 25, 2020, that he would enter the 2020 NBA draft and forgo his final three years of college basketball eligibility. Analysts regarded him as one of the best prospects in the draft.
A Professional Career
A Career with the Atlanta Hawks (2020 to Present)
He was selected by the Atlanta Hawks as the sixth overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft. The Atlanta Hawks announced on November 24, 2020, that they had signed Okongwu. The Atlanta Hawks then announced on July 21, 2021, that Okongwu had undergone surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and he would be expected to be sidelined for about six months.
Onyeka Okongwu Height and Measurements
Adding up to his well-built body is a height of 6ft 9 inches (2.06m) and a weight of 109kg (240 lbs).
Onyeka Okongwu Salary and Net Worth
He has an annual average salary of $6,605,536 and a net worth of $21 million.