Jayson Obazuaye: Basketball Player

Jayson Obazuaye: Basketball Player

Jayson Obazuaye

Jayson Omokaro Obazuaye (born July 27, 1984) is an American-Nigerian professional basketball guard. He is 190 centimetres (6 ft 3 in) tall.

Early life and high school career

Born in Santa Clara, California, Obazuaye graduated from Andrew Hill High School in nearby San Jose, California in 2002. Obazuaye committed to the University of Colorado Boulder, having been recruited by local colleges Santa Clara and California, as well as Iowa State and Oklahoma.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school/college Height Weight Commit date
Jayson Obazuaye
San Jose, CA Andrew Hill HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Oct 8, 2001
Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 67 (SG); 12 (CA)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • “2002 Colorado Basketball Commitment List”. Rivals.com. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  • “2002 Colorado College Basketball Team Recruiting Prospects”. Scout.com. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  • “Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings”. Scout.com. Retrieved January 23, 2015.
  • “2002 Team Ranking”. Rivals.com. Retrieved January 23, 2015.

College career

Obazuaye majored in ethnic studies and played four years for the Colorado Buffaloes men’s basketball team from 2002 to 2006

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Professional career

Obazuaye began his professional career in the 2006–07 season with Gipsar Stal Ostrów of the Polish Basketball League. He averaged 3.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in 10 games.

In the 2007–08 season, Obazuaye played for the Chester Jets of the British Basketball League. Obazuaye was the BBL’s January 2008 Player of the Month and a 2nd-Team All-Star for the season.

In the 2008–09 season, Obazuaye played for the BBL’s Milton Keynes Lions. He averaged 18.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in BBL Trophy games and 14.4 points and 4.0 rebounds in the playoff and championship rounds.

After two seasons with the BBL, Obazuaye played for Al-Ahli Benghazi of the Libyan Basketball League for the 2009–10 season. He averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. In the 2010–11 season, Obazuaye played for another Middle East team, Al-Wakrah of the Qatari Basketball League. In 2011–12, Obazuaye played for Smouha of Egyptian Basketball Super League.

Obazuaye returned to Al-Wakrah in the 2012–13 season for 8 games, averaging 14.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 5.5 assists. In 2013–14, Obazuaye played for Al-Jazeera of Libyan Basketball League. In 2014–15, he played for Al-Karkh of Iraqi Division I Basketball League.

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International career

He represented Nigeria at the 2007 African Championship and 2009 African Championship averaging 8.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game