He was, however, an excellent shot blocker, an invaluable resource for any team, preventing the other team from scoring and doing it with a minimum of fouls.
Okafor was also tall—by the time he reached his senior year, he stood six feet, nine inches. He began an impressive weight-training regimen and put twenty pounds on his frame in just six months. Okafor continued to earn nearly straight-A grades at Bellaire.
He finished his first season as the third best shot blocker in all of college basketball, with a count of 136 shots blocked.Instead he was courted by Vanderbilt and Rice universities, as well as Georgia Tech.Okafor chose the University of Connecticut (UConn), mostly because he liked the style of play for which this school and other teams in the Big East Conference were known.Emeka Okafor ended his first season with the Charlotte Bobcats, the North Carolina team of the National Basketball Association (NBA), as winner of the league's 2004–05 Rookie of the Year award.A standout athlete during his college career as a center for the University of Connecticut (UConn) Huskies, Okafor was the NBA's second draft pick in 2004.