Zeke Nnaji, the oldest of the three Nnaji siblings, is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets. Born January 9, 2001, he picked up a basketball and fell in love with the game at an early age. Zeke played high school basketball at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minnesota, averaging 24.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, he led the team to a win in the state championship as a senior. He was named Minneapolis Star-Tribune Metro Player of the Year, earning first-team all-state honors from USA Today. He finished his high school career as a 5-star recruit, amassing dozens of scholarship offers from top programs, and eventually he committed and signed to the University of Arizona. In his freshman season at Arizona, Zeke started all 32 games and averaged 16.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, and led the team in blocks with 28, and the Pac-12 in double-doubles with 14. He was awarded Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, named to the First Team All-Pac-12 and the Pac-12 All-Freshman team, was Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year according to the Associated Press, and landed on the NABC and USBWA All-District teams. He was drafted in the 2020 NBA draft, where he was picked by the Denver Nuggets with the 22nd pick. He will also represent Nigeria on their National Basketball Team in the 2021 Olympics.
Off the court, Zeke has a passion for music. He is a gifted pianist and self-taught guitar and harmonica player. He began writing and creating his own music from the age of 8 and has a vast appreciation for various genres of music such as reggae, soul, Latin, electro-swing, and many more. from the likes of Sam Cooke, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson. Zeke currently serves as the Family Ambassador for the Nnaji Family Foundation.