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Nnanna Egwu

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Position  Center
Listed weight  250 lb (113 kg)
Weight  113 kg
League  NBA Development League
Name  Nnanna Egwu
College  Illinois
Nationality  American
Role  Basketball Player
Siblings  Nnenna Egwu
Height  2.11 m

Nnanna Egwu Nnanna Egwu is the Defensive Linchpin for Illinois Rush

Born  October 22, 1992 (age 23)Nigeria (1992-10-22)
High school  St. Ignatius (Chicago, Illinois)
Number  32 (Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball / Center, Forward)
Parents  Emmanuel Egwu, Immaculata Egwu

Listed height  6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)

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Nnanna Egwu (born October 22, 1992) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Super City Rangers of the NZNBL in New Zealand. He played college basketball for the Illinois Fighting Illini.


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Early life and high school

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Egwu and his twin sister, Nnenna, were born in Nigeria on October 22, 1992. His mother brought him and his twin sister to Chicago, Illinois from Nigeria when they were 5 years old to join their father, after they were finally granted visas in 1998—Egwu's father had moved to the United States in 1989. The family moved to Chicago three months before Egwu's sixth birthday.

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Growing up in Chicago, Egwu found his niche on the basketball court. As an eighth grader, his mother signed him up for a park district team and by his freshman year of high school, he really had an outlet. As a junior at St. Ignatius College Prep in 2009–10, he averaged 13 points, six rebounds and four blocks per game as he earned fourth-team All-State by the IBCA and special mention All-State by the News-Gazette.

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On November 10, 2010, Egwu signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball for the University of Illinois. Regarded as a four-star recruit by, he was ranked as the No. 97 athlete in the nation. He chose Illinois over scholarship offers from Northwestern, Oregon State, Purdue and Wisconsin.

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As a senior in 2010–11, Egwu averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks per game as he earned first-team All-State selection by the Associated Press, Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA). He was also named the Chicago Catholic League-North Division Co-Athlete of the Year.

College career

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As a freshman at Illinois in 2011–12, Egwu played in all 32 games and started three times as he averaged 1.9 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. He scored a season-high 11 points on November 27, 2011 against Loyola Chicago.

As a sophomore in 2012–13, Egwu started 35 of 36 games while averaging 6.5 points and leading the team in rebounding with average of 4.9 per game. He was also fourth in the Big Ten Conference in blocked shots, averaging 1.4 per game, and was subsequently one of three recipients of team's Most Improved Player award. He scored a career-high 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting against Ohio State on January 5, 2013.

As a junior in 2013–14, Egwu started all 35 games, ranking fifth on the team in scoring with average of 6.9 points and led the Illini in rebounding on the season with average of 6.0 per game. He also led the llini and ranked second in the Big Ten in blocked shots, averaging 2.1 per game as his 73 total blocks ranked second on UI all-time single-season list.

As a senior in 2014–15, Egwu earned Big Ten All-Defensive Team honors, and averaged 6.5 points and 5.9 rebounds in 33 games.

Orlando Magic and the D-League (2015–2016)

After going undrafted in the 2015 NBA draft, Egwu joined the Orlando Magic for the 2015 NBA Summer League. He signed with the Magic on September 24, 2015, but was waived on October 23, 2015 after appearing in five preseason games. On October 31, 2015, he was acquired by the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the Magic. In 50 games for the BayHawks in 2015–16, Egwu averaged 9.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 blocks per game.

In July 2016, Egwu re-joined the Orlando Magic for the Orlando Summer League, and then played for the NBA D-League Select Team at the Las Vegas Summer League.

Cairns Taipans

After the 2016 NBA summer league he signed with the Cairns Taipans of the NBL in Australia for 2016-2017 season.

Super City Rangers

He signed with the Super City Rangers for the 2017 NZNBL season.


Egwu is the son of Emmanuel and Immaculata Egwu. One of four children, he has a twin sister, Nnenna, who attended Purdue University, and also has a younger sister and younger brother.


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