Career Highlights

Ekene is a long, athletic, skilled, and very versatile big man. His versatility makes him hard to guard as he can play the PF,C, and even some minutes at the SF. Ekene possesses a 7’3 wing span and has over a 38-inch vertical. Ekene can score in the post, but also possesses a nice touch from the outside. Ekene has played with the Suns, Raptors, and Portland Trailblazers in the NBA summer league. Ekene is a dual passport player USA/Nigerian. Ekene has played at top levels in overseas landing in Germany, Israel, France, Turkey, and Puerto Rico. Ekene even was named the PF of the Year in the first league in Turkey. In 2012 Ekene was signed with a top level club in the ACB (top league in Spain).

Ekene had a very busy summer in 2012, participating in the Olympic Qualifying games in Venezuela, 2012 NBA Summer League with Portland Trailblazers, and being a member of the 2012 Nigeria Olympic Team. Ekene participated in the 2006 FIBA World Championships for the Nigerian National Team (had a 22pt game against Dirk Nowitzki). In his senior season Ekene was named to the All-ACC Defensive Team and an All-ACC Honorable mention. In 2006-07 Ekene led the team in rebounds and block shots.  As the team’s leading scorer and rebounder he ranks seventh on the school’s all-time blocked shots list with 142. Ekene became just the ninth player in school history to record 100 blocked shots and became the 37th Terp to reach the 500-rebound plateau.

At Carson High School, Ekene was a second team Parade High School All-American after averaging 19.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game as a senior. He also blocked 4.4 shots per game and averaged nearly four steals in leading his squad to a 23-4 record and a semifinal finish in the Los Angeles city championship. Ekene earned all-state honors and a first team “All-Dream Team” nod by the Long Beach Press-Telegram as a senior. He was named to the All-L.A. city first team, the All-South Bay first team and his team’s MVP as a junior and senior.


Ekene Ibekwe is the son of Agatha and Augustine Ibekwe, who hail from Nigeria. He has a brother, Onye Ibekwe, two sisters, Chinyere and Ify (who plays for Seattle Storm in WNBA). Ekene’s interests include computers and working on his game and aspires to be an entrepreneur when his basketball career is over. Ekene received his Bachelor of Arts in criminology and criminal justice. His favorite basketball player is Kevin Garnett.


“When I first came out of college I signed with two big agencies. I learned that bigger isn’t always better, as I got lost in the shuffle. Once I signed with Scott and Rize Management my career started to blossom and my jobs were always more stable. Rize Management really makes me feel like I am a cornerstone of something special. Scott always picks up my phone calls.”

  • Stats

    Position: PF/C

    Height: 6-10

    Weight: 225 lbs

    Birthdate: July 19, 1985

    High School:
    Carson High School - Carson, CA


    Passport: USA/Nigerian

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