William Njoku

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William Njoku
Personal information
Born (1972-03-05) March 5, 1972 (age 49)
Accra, Ghana
NationalityGhanaian / Canadian
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight198 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High schoolHalifax West (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
CollegeSaint Mary's (Halifax)
NBA draft1994 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Playing career1993–2007
PositionForward
Career history
1994–1995Élan Chalon
1995–1996Jersey Turnpikes
1996–1997Atlantic City Seagulls
1997–1998Beşiktaş
1999–2002Oliveirense
2002–2003KB Bashkimi
2003–2004Eurolines Vilvoorde
2004–2005Rabotnički

William "Will" Njoku (born March 5, 1972) is a Ghanaian-Canadian former professional basketball player and member of the Canada national men's basketball team.

A 6'9½" forward born in Accra, Ghana, Njoku immigrated to Canada as a four-year-old along with his parents Lawrence and Catherine. He starred for Halifax West High School despite missing most of his senior year through injury. The Warriors consequently did not reach the provincial championship finals tournament in 1990. Will attended hometown Saint Mary's University, where in his junior year (1993) he was winner of the Mike Moser Award as the Canadian Interuniversity Sport's (CIAU) Most Outstanding player. In his junior and senior seasons he was also named a CIAU All-Canadian. Njoku was drafted in the second round of the 1994 NBA Draft with the 41st pick overall by the Indiana Pacers.

Failing to make any NBA regular season roster however, Njoku played professionally for the next ten years for various clubs in Europe. He retired in 1999 due to a chronic back ailment, one which was properly diagnosed and successfully treated allowing him to make a comeback to pro ball at age 31 in 2003. This is a mostly complete list of the clubs by year:

Njoku also played in France.

Njoku was a member of the Canadian team at the 1994 FIBA World Championship as well as the 1998 Championship. In 2007, he also played for the Canadian national developmental team in a tournament in Argentina.

Since retiring from playing pro basketball, Njoku has been involved in coaching and motivational speaking. Having lived in Toronto for the off-seasons during much of his playing career, he now resides in Moncton, New Brunswick. He was the Athletics Director at Crandall University from Sept 2007 - Sept 2010, when he left to focus on his motivational speaking company, Will2Win.

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