Peter Aluma (23 April 1973 – 2 February 2020) was a Nigerian professional basketball player from Lagos. After high school at Okota Grammar School in Isolo, Nigeria, the 6'10" center became a star at Liberty University in Virginia, USA.

Peter Aluma
Personal information
Born(1973-04-23)23 April 1973
Lagos, Nigeria
Died2 February 2020(2020-02-02) (aged 46)
NationalityNigerian
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High schoolOkoto Grammar School
(Isolo, Nigeria)
CollegeLiberty (1993–1997)
NBA draft1997 / Undrafted
PositionCenter
Number43
Career history
1999Sacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

He led the Big South conference in scoring in 1996 and was the conference's top shot blocker in 1996 with 3.9 bpg and 1997 with 3.0 bpg.

He was a first-team Big South all-conference selection in 1996 and 1997. He earned second-team honors in 1995. He was named to the conference's all-rookie team in 1994. He was named the Big South Tournament MVP in 1994 and 1997 and was a three-time all-tournament selection. He was named all-region selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in 1997.

Aluma was also honored as an all-state team selection by both the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) in 1996 and 1997. In 1996, he was selected for the all-state first team by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

In April 1997, he was invited to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. The P.I.T. invites 64 of the best senior college basketball players from across the nation to participate. It is a four-day, twelve-game tournament. Every NBA team sends scouts to this tournament. He was not invited to attend the NBA's pre-draft camps in Phoenix or Chicago. On June 25, 1997, he was not taken in the 1997 NBA Draft. Aluma did play briefly for the NBA's Sacramento Kings during the lockout-shortened 1998-1999 season. He was waived on February 19, 1999. During the 1999-2000 preseason, he was signed by the Phoenix Suns, but was waived on October 16, 1999. He was invited to join the Knicks 2000 summer league team. He was released on July 21, 2000.

In 1998, he played professionally in Venezuela for Toros De Aragua. He also played for Nigeria in the 1998 World FIBA Championship. Around February 25, 1999, he was waived by the Connecticut Pride of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). In 1999, he played in Belarus for the Gomel Wildcats Sozh. In 2001, he played with the Harlem Globetrotters.

He then coached high school basketball through Jefferson Forest High School in Forest,VA from 2002-2003.

Aluma died on 2 February 2020 at the age of 46.[1][2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Liberty great Peter Aluma dead at the age of 46
  2. ^ "Men's Basketball Hall of Famer Peter Aluma helped elevate program". Liberty University. February 3, 2020. Retrieved February 8, 2020.

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