Kenny Adeleke

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Kenny Adeleke
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CD Español de Talca
PositionPower forward / Center
Personal information
Born (1983-02-10) February 10, 1983 (age 36)
Lagos, Nigeria
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolPaul Robeson
(Brooklyn, New York)
CollegeHofstra (2001–2004)
Hartford (2005–2006)
NBA draft2006 / Undrafted
Playing career2006–present
Career history
2006–2007Hapoel Galil Elyon
2008PBC Lukoil Academic
2009NSB Napoli
2010Shanxi Zhongyu
2010BC Dnipro
2011Hacettepe Üniversitesi
2011San Sebastián Gipuzkoa
2012Cherkaski Mavpy
2012Henan Jiyuan
2013Springfield Armor
2013Metros de Santiago
2013–2014Vestelspor Manisa
2014–2015Club Goes
2015Trotamundos de Carabobo
2015–2016Atenienses de Manatí
2016Phoenix Fuel Masters
2016–2017Final Gençlik
2017Fuerza Regia
2018CD Español de Talca
Career highlights and awards

Andrew Kehinde "Kenny" Adeleke (born February 10, 1983)[1] is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player who has played 12 seasons in the NBA, Europe, Asia, and Latin America

High school career[edit]

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Adeleke grew up in Brooklyn, New York Where he played basketball and tennis at Paul Robeson High School in Brooklyn, New York. Kenny Adeleke Avg 19 points and 13 rebounds juniors season lost to perennial powerhouse Lincoln in the PSAL quarter finals scored 25 points along with 12 rebounds in the overtime loss. As a senior ranked the no.7 small forward in the country by, accomplishments included 14 pts and 14 Rbs in all star in Adidas ABCD Camp, which included the nations best player notable participants were Eddy Curry, Kwame Brown, Mo Williams, Ben Gordon. Also with winning all Star MVP award in The prestigious Five Star all star camp with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Participants included Carmelo Anthony and Sebastian Telfair, along with Eastern Invitation camp scoring 19 pts and 8 rbs. He avg 19 Pts and 13 rbs as a senior winning the PSAL player of the year as a senior. Leading his team to a national ranking of Number #18 in the USA Today. He participated in the New York vs chicago Windy City stars consisting of the best players from each city. He scored a record high 26 Pts along with 8 rbs. 31 Kenny Adeleke Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine</ref>

College career[edit]

Adeleke committed to DePaul University, over Boston college, providence, New Mexico, Umass, and Hofstra. Later reneging on his commitment to stay closer to home attending Hofstra. As a freshman at Hofstra he won CAA rookie of the year, including notable games against Syracuse scoring 20 Pts and 9 rbs, against Kent state 25 points and 11 rbs, and in the conference tournament upsetting George mason scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. The next game losing to scored 26 points and 8 rebounds against VCU in the Semifinals loss. As a sophomore he averaged 16.1 points including 11 rebounds as was a second team all CAA selection notable games included 18 Pts and 9 rbs against Gonzaga and 24 Pts 19 rbs vs Manhattan and 19 Pts 21 rbs against Sweet sixteen participant UNC-Wilmington. As a junior, he was a first team all CAA selection, notable games included 20 Pts 10 rbs and 4 blocks against St. John's also 27 points and 15 rebounds against VCU. He later transferred to Hartford as a senior and averaged 20.7 points and 13 rebounds finishing second in the nation to Paul Millsap, as a first team American East selection, including a record setting 8 times player of the week. Notable players who played in the American East were university of Hartford Vin Baker, Drexel University Malik Rose, Hofstra university Craig " speedy" Clayton also current NBA player Juan Jose Barrea. Notable games included 21 points and 15 rebounds against University of Virginia, and 20 points and 10 rebounds against Umass[2]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2006 NBA draft, He was signed by the New York Knicks to play in the Summer League squad in Las Vegas in the Summer of 2006.

During the 2006 NBA pre-season, he played 2 games with the Seattle SuperSonics scoring 2 points from 2-2 free throws in 2 minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers [3] before being released. Adeleke went on to play in Israel and played for Hapoel Galil Elyon, where he played alongside NBA veteran Omri casspi averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds. Having a very successful season And Leading the Israeli league in rebounds. He scored 28 points and 9 rebounds and 22 points and 12 rebounds in games against European powerhouse Jerusalem. Also scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds against Maccabi Tel Aviv, and 22 rebounds and 12 rebounds in a playoff lost in the semifinals to Maccabi Tel Aviv. Adeleke signed with the Seattle SuperSonics for the 2007 Summer League.

He also played in Italy for NSB Napoli and in Turkey for Hacettepe Üniversitesi.[4]

On January 11, 2013, Adeleke was acquired by the Springfield Armor.[5]

On January 27, 2015, he signed with Trotamundos de Carabobo of Venezuela.[6] On May 14, 2015, he signed with Atenienses de Manatí of the Puerto Rican Baloncesto Superior Nacional.[7]

On October 2015, he signed with Club Atlético Goes an Uruguayan club.

The 2016–17 season, Adeleke started with Final Gençlik of the Turkish Basketball First League appearing in 19 games. Averaging 14 points and 14 rebounds, the highest rebounding average that season in European Competition. In early March 2017, he signed with Lebanese club Scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds against Lebanese champion Al Riyadi Beirut Hekmeh.[8]

In 2017, he played 11 games with Fuerza Regia of the Mexican LNBP. In January 2018, he signed with CD Español de Talca of the Liga Nacional de Básquetbol de Chile.[9]

Personal life[edit]

His name "Adeleke" means "the crown achieves happiness" in Yoruba.[10]


  1. ^ Sierra, Jorge. "Kenny Adeleke: "I don't think anybody plays harder than me"". Hoops Hype. USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  2. ^ Kenny Adeleke – Yahoo! Sports Profile
  3. ^ : Kenny Adeleke InfoPage
  4. ^ Kenny Adeleke inks with Hacettepe University
  5. ^ Springfield Armor acquire Kenny Adeleke, release Cliff Tucker; Fab Melo returns to Maine Red Claws
  6. ^ Nigerians Abroad - Kenny Adeleke, fourth African ever to play for Trotamundos in Venezuela Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Atenienses de Manati land Kenny Adeleke
  8. ^ Sagesse tabs Kenny Adeleke
  9. ^ CDE Talca inks Kenny Adeleke
  10. ^ "Adeleke". Name Site. Retrieved December 13, 2014.

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