Michael Ojo (basketball, born 1989)

Michael Adetokunbo Ojo (born June 28, 1989) is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks before playing pro ball in Europe.

Michael Ojo
Veltex Shizuoka
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
LeagueB.League
Personal information
Born (1989-06-28) June 28, 1989 (age 31)
Santa Monica, California
NationalityNigerian / American / British
Listed height1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Listed weight91 kg (201 lb)
Career information
High schoolCrossroads School
(Santa Monica, California)
CollegeLehigh (2007–2011)
NBA draft2011 / Undrafted
Playing career2011–present
Career history
2011–2013Plymouth Raiders
2013–2014Apollon Limassol
2014–2015Eco Örebro
2015Apollon Patras
2015–2016Sigma Barcellona
2016mmcité Brno
2016–2017Klosterneuburg Dukes
2017Allianz Swans Gmunden
2018Worcester Wolves
2019Tindastóll
2019BPC Virtus Cassino
2020–presentVeltex Shizuoka

Professional careerEdit

In 2011, Ojo signed with the Plymouth Raiders of the British Basketball League and played there for two seasons. He helped the team make it to the BBL Cup and Trophy finals and in his final season, he averaged 22.5 points per game.[1]

Later, Ojo played for Apollon Limassol (Cyprus), Eco Örebro (Sweden), Apollon Patras (Greece), Sigma Barcellona (Italy) and mmcité Brno (Czech Republic). Also played in Austria for the Klosterneuburg Dukes and the Allianz Swans Gmunden.

On January 3, 2018, Ojo signed for the Worcester Wolves.[2][3] In 21 games, he averaged 11.9 points and 3.0 assists while shooting 41.7% from the three point line.[4] He helped the club to the BBL Cup Final on January 28, 2018, where he scored a team-high 18 points in the Wolves 88–99 loss to the Cheshire Phoenix.[5]

On January 25, 2019, Ojo signed with Tindastóll of the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild karla.[6] He appeared in 3 games for the team, averaging 11.7 points per game, before being released on 8 February.[7]

On 3 March 2019, Ojo signed with BPC Virtus Cassino of the Italian Serie A2.[8]

Nigerian national teamEdit

In February 2018, Ojo was invited by the senior national team head coach Alexander Nwora to represent Nigeria in the 2019 World Cup qualifications.[9][10][11] He made debut for the senior national team on 24 February 2018, in a game against Rwanda.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Geoff Berkeley (3 January 2018). "Ex-Plymouth Raiders ace Michael Ojo joins Worcester Wolves". Worcester News. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  2. ^ Geoff Berkeley (10 January 2018). "Mike Ojo can take Worcester Wolves to another level, insists boss Paul James". The Shuttle. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Michael Ojo Returns to BBL with Wolves Ahead of Cup Final". worcesterwolves.org. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Worcester Wolves basketball team - 2017-2018 player stats". Eurobasket.com. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Mike Ojo aiming to help Worcester Wolves move on from Cup Final defeat". BBL.org.uk. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  6. ^ Anton Ingi Leifsson (25 January 2019). "Tindastóll þéttir raðirnar: Nýr bakvörður á leiðinni". Vísir.is (in Icelandic). Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  7. ^ Valur Páll Eiríksson (9 February 2019). "King og Ojo látnir fara frá Tindastól". RÚV (in Icelandic). Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  8. ^ "La BPC Virtus Cassino ingaggia la guardia britannica Michael Ojo". Frosinone Today (in Italian). 4 March 2019. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Diogu, Mbamalu, Top NBBF's 18-man list for 2019 World Cup Qualifiers". pressreader.com. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  10. ^ "D'Tigers Coach Invites 18 For World Cup Qualifiers". concisenews.global. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Diogu and Efevberha added to Nigeria's final roster for February's African Qualifiers". fiba.basketball. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Nigeria 108-53 Rwanda". fiba.basketball. Retrieved 2 April 2018.

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