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    Patrick Okafor

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Houston, Texas

    High School:
    Westbury HS

    Last College:
    Lee JC

    Height / Weight:
    6-8 / 235

    Position:
    Forward

    Birthdate:
    04/13/1979

    Experience:
    1L

    Patrick Okafor

    2000-01 (As a Junior)
    One of only two Cougars to start 27 games...played in 28 games overall...led Houston and ranked third among Conference USA rebounding leaders with 8.6 rebounds per game...led the league in offensive rebounds with an average of 4.46... was one of the top 11 field goal shooters in C-USA and ranked second among team leaders with a .495 (104-210) percentage... scored in double figures 16 times...led Houston and was one of five C-USA players to record nine double-double performances... had 15 points and 13 rebounds against Saint Louis in the C-USA Tournament...also recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds against Tulane after scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds versus Marquette...his other double-double performances included 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Charlotte, a career-high 19 points and 13 rebounds versus South Florida, 11 points and 13 rebounds against Air Force, 17 points and a career-high 16 rebounds versus Mount Saint Mary's College, 11 points and 13 rebounds against Georgetown, along with 13 points and 10 rebounds versus Memphis... grabbed 10 or more rebounds three other times... pulled down 14 rebounds at SMU and 11 rebounds versus Southwest Texas State and UAB...ranked second among Houston's leaders with 137 free throw attempts...was the Cougars' third-best free throw shooter with a .672 (92-137) percentage...best free throw shooting performance was against UAB when he made all seven of his attempts...was four-of-four at the free throw line at Louisville.

    Junior College
    Was listed as one of the top five junior college power forwards in the nation by The Sporting News, Lindy's College Basketball and Van Coleman's Future Stars...two-time first-team All-Region XIV selection while playing at Lee College in Baytown, Texas...was named the Region XIV Player-of-the-Week three times during his sophomore season...led Region XIV in rebounding with 12.1 rebounds per game...was eighth among the region's scoring leaders with 18.7 points per game...finished 12th in field goal percentage with a .524 (172-328) percentage...made 69.1 percent (141-204) of his free throws as a sophomore...his 141 free throws were the fourth-highest total of free throws made in Region XIV...enjoyed an outstanding freshman campaign in which he finished fifth nationally with 12.5 rebounds per game...ranked eighth nationally in scoring with 22.9 points per game in 1998-99... averaged 24.3 points and nearly 14 rebounds per game in conference play...shot 57.6 percent from the field and 74.6 at the free throw line...his 24.3 points was second among Lee's scoring leaders during the 1990's.

    High School
    Was a three-year letterman at Houston's Westbury High School...earned third-team all-Greater Houston honors by The Houston Chronicle as a senior... named Class 5A second-team all-state selection...selected District 17-5A MVP in 1997-98 after averaging 18.6 points, 12.9 rebounds and two blocked shots per game...his 12.9 rebounds ranked second among the Greater Houston area leaders behind current UH teammate George Williams, who averaged 15.1 rebounds per game as a junior at Elkins High School...did not begin playing basketball until he was 14 years old.

    Personal
    Son of Patrick and Patience Okafor of Houston...major is psychology at UH...born April 13, 1979 in Lagos, Nigeria...chose Houston over Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Cincinnati, LSU and Iowa State.

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