Zeke Nnaji plans to build basketball courts, schools in Nigeria

Pius Ayinor

Denver Nuggets power forward, Zeke Nnaji has announced plans to build basketball courts and vocational schools in Nigeria, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports. The NBA Rookie who made the confirmation on Monday via his personal Twitter handle said the project would be handled through his family’s foundation.

The basketballer who started off as a baseball player has not stated the number of schools or courts to be built or the planned locations but he underlined the determination to impact lives young people across the African continent and the USA using the platforms of education and athletics.

He twitted: “Please go follow and support my foundation @NnajiFamily. We’re going to build basketball courts and vocational schools in Nigeria. Our mission is to positively impact the lives of young people throughout Africa and the United States through education and athletics.”

Ezekiel Tobechukwu “Zeke” Nnaji was drafted 22nd overall in the 2020 NBA draft held December 1, 2020 having played college basketball for the Arizona Wildcats.

A Wikipedia entry for Nnaji says he started playing high school basketball for Lakeville North High School in Lakeville, Minnesota, before transferring to Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minnesota. He played for the Adidas-sponsored D1 Minnesota club. Nnaji was later invited to the Iverson Classic game.

He committed to play college basketball for Arizona over offers from Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and UCLA.