Men's Basketball

Nnanna Egwu
Nnanna Egwu


Chicago, Ill.

High School:
Saint Ignatius

Height / Weight:
6-11 / 250




ICYMI: Scoring Spree Continues in Rout of Austin Peay

The Illiini shot a scorching 60 percent from the field and 56 percent from three to move to 2-0.


ICYMI: Illini Take Care of Business on Opening Weekend

The Fighting Illini are 2-0 to start the 2014-15 men's basketball season.


Soft-Spoken Egwu Ready to Make Some Noise

Senior forward Nnanna Egwu is being asked to help lead the Fighting Illini this season.


Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Indiana (Big Ten Tournament First Round)

Illinois 64, Indiana 54


Illinois Postgame Notes at Minnesota

Illinois 62, Minnesota 49 // Williams Arena // Minneapolis, Minn.


Men's Basketball Illinois vs. Austin Peay

NCAA Basketball: Austin Peay at Illinois (Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics and USATSI)


Illinois vs. Coppin State

Photos from the Illinois men's basketball game vs. Coppin State on Nov. 16, 2014 at State Farm Center.


Illinois vs. Georgia Southern

Photos from the Illinois-Georgia Southern Men's Basketball game on Nov. 14, 2014


Illinois vs. Quincy (Exhibition)

Photos from Illinois' exhibition victory over Quincy at State Farm Center, Nov. 7, 2014 (Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)


Illinois at Boston University (NIT First Round)

Illinois men's basketball at Boston University in the NIT First Round, March 19, 2014. (Elan Kawesch/Illinois Athletics)


2013-14 JUNIOR: Started all 35 games, ranking fifth on the team in scoring with average of 6.9 points ... Led Illini in rebounding on the season with average of 6.0 boards ... First in Big Ten in offensive rebounding, grabbing 2.5 per game ... Led llini and ranked second in Big Ten in blocked shots, averaging 2.1 bpg ... Total of 73 blocked shots ranked second on UI all-time single-season list ... Opened season with double-double of 10 points and game-high 10 rebounds vs. Alabama State (Nov. 8) ... Matched career high with five blocks to go along with 10 points and seven rebounds vs. Jacksonville State (Nov. 10) ... 10 points vs. Valparaiso (Nov. 13) ... Scored 10 points in fourth straight game to start the season vs. Bradley (Nov. 17) ... 12 points, including a career-high two three-pointers, at UNLV (Nov. 26) ... 11 points vs. Dartmouth (Dec. 10) ... 10 rebounds (nine offensive) at Wisconsin (Jan. 8) ... 10 points and nine rebounds at Ohio State (Jan. 23) ... Nabbed 12 rebounds at Nebraska (Feb. 12) ... Set a career high with 14 rebounds vs. Ohio State (Feb. 15) ... Recorded third career double-double with a season-high 14 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four blocks at Minnesota (Feb. 19) ... Equaled season high with 14 points at Iowa (March 8) ... Tied career highs in blocks (5) and minutes (36) vs. Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament Opening Round (March 13).

2012-13 SOPHOMORE: Started 35 of 36 games, averaging 6.5 points ... Led team in rebounding with average of 4.9 rpg ... Fourth in Big Ten in blocked shots, averaging 1.4 bpg ... One of three recipients of team's Most Improved Player award ... Scored in double figures six times on the season, led by career-high 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting vs. Ohio State (Jan. 5) ... Recorded first career double-double with 12 points and season-high 12 rebounds vs. Miami in NCAA Tournament Third Round (March 24) ... 12 boards vs. Miami equaled the most by an Illini on the season ... 10 points and career-high three assists vs. St. Francis-N.Y. (Nov. 12) ... Four blocked shots at Hawaii (Nov. 16) ... Made first career 3-pointer vs. Western Carolina (Dec. 4) ... Blocked four shots vs. Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 16) ... 12 points and nine rebounds (six offensive) vs. Missouri (Dec. 22) ... Career- and team-season-high five blocked shots at Purdue (Jan. 2) ... Eight points, nine boards and three blocks vs. Minnesota (Jan. 9) ... Tied career high with three steals vs. Northwestern (Jan. 17) ... Eight points and 10 rebounds at Nebraska (Jan. 22) ... Had 10 boards again the next game vs. Michigan (Jan. 27) ... 14 points and seven boards vs. Wisconsin (Feb. 3) ... 10 points vs. Nebraska (March 2) ... Seven rebounds at Iowa (March 5) ... Four blocks vs. Indiana in Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal (March 15) ... Seven points and eight rebounds vs. Colorado in NCAA Tournament Second Round (March 22).

2011-12: FRESHMAN: Played in all 32 games and started three times ... Averaged 1.9 ppg and 1.5 rpg ... Earned first career start in opener vs. Loyola Chicago (Nov. 11), totaling four points, a season-high six rebounds and three blocks ... Had a career-high three steals vs. SIU Edwardsville (Nov. 14) ... Tallied a season-best four blocks vs. Lipscomb (Nov. 17) ... Turned in season-high 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting vs. Chicago State (Nov. 27) ... Scored nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field and free throw line in eight minutes at Northwestern (Jan. 4) ... Also started vs. Iowa (Feb. 26) and at Wisconsin (March 4).


Consensus top-100 recruit averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks as a senior ... First-team All-State selection by the Associated Press, Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) ... Second-team All-State by the Chicago Sun-Times ... Third-team All-State by the Chicago Tribune ... All-Area by the Sun-Times ... Chicago Catholic League-North Division Co-Athlete of the Year ... Ranked No. 78 on the recruiting services consensus index, including No. 67 by and No. 69 by ESPN ... Averaged 13 points, six rebounds and four blocks as a junior ... Fourth-team All-State by the IBCA and special mention All-State by the News-Gazette as a junior ... High school coach was Rich Kehoe ... Played for the Illinois Wolves AAU program, coached by Mike Mullins.


Born Oct. 22, 1992 ... Majoring in communication ... Parents are Emmanuel and Immaculata Egwu ... One of four children, he has a twin sister, Nnenna, who attends Purdue University, and also has a younger sister and younger brother ... Earliest basketball memory is playing in the Clarendon Park District in eighth grade ... Favorite athlete is Derrick Rose because "He is exciting to watch, and as talented as he is, he stays humble and calm on the floor" ... Favorite Fighting Illini player growing up was Deron Williams ... Served as Freshman Class President at St. Ignatius and was a three-time Intramural Coach of the Year.