Chinemelu Elonu

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Chinemelu Elonu
Chinemelu Elonu aek.png
Elonu with AEK Athens in 2017
No. 0 – AEK Athens
Position Center
League Greek League
Champions League
Personal information
Born (1987-03-11) March 11, 1987 (age 30)
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
Career history
2009–2010 CAI Zaragoza
2010–2011 Panionios
2011–2012 Pau-Orthez
2012–2013 Tofaş
2013 Jiangsu Dragons
2013–2014 Tofaş
2014 CAI Zaragoza
2014–2015 Tofaş
2015 Capitanes de Arecibo
2015–2016 Beşiktaş
2017 AEK Athens
2017 Capitanes de Arecibo
2017–present AEK Athens
Career highlights and awards

Chinemelu D. Elonu, Jr. (born March 11, 1987) is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player for AEK Athens of the Greek League. He played college basketball for Texas A&M.

High school career

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] He was ranked as the No. 48 power forward in the country by Scout.com.[2]

College career

Elonu played at Texas A&M University, where he played with the Aggies, from 2006 to 2009. In his junior and final season, he averaged 10 points and 7 rebounds per game.[3] He graduated from the school in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Leadership and Development.[4]

Professional career

Elonu was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 59th pick in the 2009 NBA draft.[3][5] 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.[6] After one year, he left Zaragoza.

In August 2010, Elonu signed a contract with Panionios in Greece. He left Panionios before the end of the season after being replaced by Ryvon Covile. On January 25, 2011, Elonu signed a contract with Pau-Orthez in France in order to replace the injured Travon Bryant.[7] He averaged 10.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

Elonu in action with Beşiktaş in 2016.

In July 2012, Elonu joined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2012 NBA Summer League. On August 16, 2012, Elonu signed a contract with Tofaş of the Turkish Basketball Super League.[8] In June 2013, Elonu signed with Jiangsu Dragons from China.[9] For the 2013–14 season, Elonu re-signed with Tofaş. During his second stint with the Turkish club, Elonu averaged 12.1 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in the Turkish League and 16.2 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in the EuroChallenge.

In May 2014, Elonu came back to CAI Zaragoza after four years, and signed a contract until the end of the 2013–14 ACB season.[10] On July 17, 2014, he returned to Tofaş.[11] During the season, he participated at the Turkish League Slam Dunk contest, among with Kenny Gabriel, Jan Vesely, Furkan Korkmaz, JaJuan Johnson, Patric Young, Sinan Güler and Sean Williams.

On June 9, 2015, Elonu signed with Capitanes de Arecibo of Puerto Rico.[12] On November 9, 2015, Elonu signed with Turkish club Beşiktaş for the 2015–16 season.[13][14] With them he averaged 8.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in the Turkish League and 9.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks in EuroCup.

On January 2, 2017, Elonu signed with AEK Athens in Greece for the rest of the 2016–17 season, replacing Randal Falker on the teams squad.[15] On June 5, 2017, he re-joined the Capitanes de Arecibo for the rest of the 2017 BSN season.[16]

On August 18, 2017, Elonu re-joined AEK Athens for the 2017–18 season.[17]

Statistics

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 Pau-Orthez LNB Pro A 30 24.2 .634 .603 8.3 0.6 0.6 1.1 10.4
2012–13 Tofaş BSL 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 Tofaş BSL 2 23.0 .474 .500 .833 8.5 1.0 0.0 0.5 11.5

Personal life

The son of Dozie and Amaka Elonu, he majored in agricultural leadership.[1] He has also one sister, Adaora Elonu currently playing for CB Avenida.

References

  1. ^ a b "Texas A&M bio". AggieAthletics.com. Archived from the original on February 5, 2009. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Chinemelu Elonu-Scout.com". Maxpreps.com. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Zwerneman, Brent (June 27, 2009). "A&M hoops star Elonu sets sights on NBA career". Chron.com. Retrieved June 27, 2009. 
  4. ^ Young, Larry (June 22, 2009). "A&M's Elonu enters NBA Draft short on centers". Chron.com. Retrieved June 22, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Meet Chinemelu Elonu". NBA.com. July 15, 2009. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ Teaford, Elliott (September 15, 2009). "Draft pick signs … in Spain". InsideSocal.com. Retrieved September 15, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Chinemelu Elonu inks with Pau-Orthez". Sportando.com. January 25, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Tofas Bursa adds Chinemelu Elonu". Sportando.com. August 16, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Chinemelu Elonu signed in China with Jiangsu". Sportando.com. June 27, 2013. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Elonu regresa al CAI Zaragoza para reforzarlo hasta final de temporada". ACB.com (in Spanish). May 19, 2014. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Transfer to Tofaş!". amkspor.sozcu.com (in Turkish). July 17, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Capitanes firman un nuevo centro". PrimeraHora.com (in Spanish). June 9, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Chinemelu Elonu Beşiktaş’ta". BJK.com.tr (in Turkish). November 9, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Besiktas signs Chinemelu Elonu". Sportando.com. November 9, 2015. Retrieved November 9, 2015. 
  15. ^ "AEK Athens B.C. signs Elonu". aekbc.gr. January 2, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Regresa Chinemelu Elonu". capitanesdearecibo.net (in Spanish). June 5, 2017. Retrieved June 7, 2017. 
  17. ^ "AEK B.C signs Elonu". aekbc.gr. August 18, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 

External links

  • EuroCup Profile
  • FIBA Game Center Profile
  • Eurobasket.com Profile
  • Spanish League Profile (in Spanish)
  • TBLStat.net Profile
  • Greek League Profile (in English)
  • Greek League Profile (in Greek)
  • Texas A&M College Bio
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