|Intro||Nigerian/American professional basketball player|
United States of America
|Birth||28 April 1986, Houston|
Chamberlain “Champ” Emeka Oguchi (born April 28, 1986) is a Nigerian American professional basketball player. His name “Emeka” is an abbreviation of the Igbo name “Chukwuemeka” (meaning “God has done so much”).
Oguchi played college basketball for the University of Oregon, with the Oregon Ducks, for three years, before transferring to Illinois State University, to play with the Illinois State Redbirds in 2007.
In 2009, Oguchi signed with the French League club STB Le Havre. Since his time playing in the French League, Oguchi has played in the: NBA D-League, the Philippine Basketball Association, the Lebanese League, the West Asian League (with the Iraqi club Duhok), and the Venezuelan League.
During his stint in the Philippines, he played for the Meralco Bolts, where-in he became a well known import because of his efficiency in mid range shots coupled with his high percentage and deadly 3-point shooting from very far distances. During the 2012 Summer Olympics, Oguchi drew interest from a number of NBA teams that were interested in giving him a tryout. On November 1, 2012, Oguchi signed with the NBA D-League team the Maine Red Claws. He was waived on January 25, 2013.
On May 13, 2013, he signed with the Spanish League club Gran Canaria.
In August 2015, he signed with Polish club Anwil Włocławek.
Nigerian national team
Oguchi has also been a member of the senior men’s Nigerian national basketball team. He played at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
At the 2015 FIBA Africa Championship, Oguchi led Nigeria to their first ever AfroBasket title, defeating Angola 74-65. Oguchi led the team in scoring, averaging 16.6 points per game. For his impressive performance throughout the tournament, he was named Most Valuable Player and Best 3-Point Shooter. Oguchi was also named, with Al-Farouq Aminu, into the All Star Five of the 2015 Afrobasket in Tunisia.