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Olu Ashaolu Nigeria basketball player

Oluseyi Ashaolu (born April 18, 1988) is a Nigerian-Canadian basketball player, currently with SAN-EN NeoPhoenix in Japan’s B.League. A 6′ 7″ power forward, Ashaolu played college basketball at Louisiana Tech and Oregon.

COLLEGE CAREER

Ashaolu lived in Brampton until 2004, when he made the move to Atlanta for grade 9, to play high school basketball stateside.

Ashaolu began his collegiate career at Louisiana Tech, where he averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game as a freshman. He improved those numbers to 10.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Ashaolu averaged 14.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as a junior. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2011 and decided he did not want to be part of the rebuilding effort under rookie head coach Michael White.

On May 24, 2011, Ashaolu announced his transfer to Oregon, choosing the Ducks over Texas, San Diego State and Xavier. Ashaolu took advantage of the graduate transfer rule and did not have to sit out the season as a redshirt. One of the reasons he joined Oregon was because his AAU teammate, Devoe Joseph, was on the squad. Ashaolu was relegated to a bench role as a senior, but did not mind the decreased minutes. He averaged 9.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in his only season at Oregon.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

Following the close of his college career, Ashaolu was not drafted in the 2012 NBA draft. However, he did sign with the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2012 Summer League. On August 22, 2012 he signed with Cáceres Ciudad del Baloncesto of the Spanish league. He was picked up by Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix of Japan’s bj league in 2014.

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