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UConn’s Emeka Okafor Signs With G League 87ers

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UConn’s Emeka Okafor Signs With G League 87ers

Former UConn star and NBA player Emeka Okafor will be playing for the G League’s Delaware 87ers in an attempt to make a comeback to the NBA.

 

The 6-10, 255-pound center had been with the Philadelphia 76ers training camp before being waived by the team on Saturday.

 

“Emeka Okafor will play for Sixers’ G league team with hopes of signing with an NBA team over the next few months,” ESPN’s Ian Begley said via Twitter.

 

Okafor last played in the NBA in 2012-13 with the Washington Wizards.

 

He had been sidelined since that time with a herniated disk in his neck, but was cleared by the doctors five months ago to resume his NBA career.

 

A college star at UConn, Okafor led the team in rebounds and blocks, and was second in scoring as a junior in 2003-04, averaging 17.6 points, 11.5 boards, and a whopping 4.1 rejections.

 

He led the Huskies to a 33-6 record that season and the 2004 NCAA national championship.

 

Okafor graduated as the school’s all-time career leader in blocks, and No. 7 in NCAA history in both blocked shot average and total blocked shots.

 

The second overall pick in the 2004 Draft by Charlotte, Okafor has averaged 12.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.7 rejections in nine NBA seasons with the Hornets, Pelicans, and Wizards.

 

 

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