Chuma Okeke is of Nigerian descent. His name means 'God knows,' which was given by his father.
Okeke was raised in Fairburn, Georgia, 20 miles away from downtown Atlanta. He attended Westlake High School, the same high school as NFL quarterback Cam Newton. While there, he averaged 24.4 points, 15 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
Freshman Year (2017-2018)
During his freshman season of the Auburn Tigers, Okeke averaged 7.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.7 blocks per game in 21.6 minutes per game. He played in all 34 games off the bench and led the team in bench minutes.
Okeke finished 15 games with at least 10 points, ranking fifth on the team. He also tied the team lead in shooting 39% from 3-point range (34-of-87).
He was selected as one of "20 Under-the-Radar Freshmen" by Jon Rothstein, as well as a top 15 Impact Freshman.
Okeke recorded double-doubles against Alabama (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Florida (12 points, 10 rebounds), becoming the first Auburn player to tally back-to-back double-doubles in consecutive SEC games since Cinmeon Bowers in 2016.
He was also named an Academic Top Tiger.
Sophomore Year (2018-2019)
Chuma Okeke averaged 11.8 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game.