Prolific Prep (Calif.)
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High School: Graduated from Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif. … Tabbed a four-star recruit by On3, 247Sports and ESPN … Placed No. 106 in the On3 national rankings, good for No. 18 among centers and No. 17 in California … Finished No. 107 on 247Sports’ list, coming in at No. 15 at his position and No. 17 in the state … Finished at No. 121 overall in the On3 Consensus rankings, including No. 15 at the center spot and No. 19 in California … McDonald’s All-American Game nominee … Averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 block per game as a senior … Named a First Team All-Grind Session designee … Helped the team win the Grind Session championship and a 35-2 final record … Attended The Burlington School (N.C.) as a junior, aiding his team to a 32-7 record and a state title … Went to St. Thomas More (Conn.) his first two years of high school, but did not play due to injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic … Second-leading scorer in the Nike Hoop Summit game in April 2023 at the Moda Center in Portland, totaling 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists for the World Select Team, finishing 7-of-10 from the field and 3-of-3 at the line … Helped Canada to a third-place finish at the 2022 FIBA U18 America Championship in Tijuana, Mexico, averaging 12.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game on 66.7 percent (28-of-42) shooting … Led all players in rebounds in three of the team’s five games and recorded two double-doubles … Posted 15 points and 13 rebounds against Brazil in the semifinals, then scored a game-high 20 points versus Argentina in the third-place contest … Graduated from Prolific Prep with three fellow top-110 recruits: Trey Green (Xavier), Aden Holloway (Auburn) and Yves Missi (Baylor) … Jalen Green, Josh Jackson, Paul Scruggs and Gary Trent Jr., among others, also attended the school.
Personal: Full name is Michael Nwoko … Last name is pronounced Nuh-WOE-Koe … Nickname is Big Mike … Born Oct. 21, 2004, in Houston … Parents are Leonard and Anthonia Nwoko … Father is an architect/entrepreneur and mother is a nurse … Has two younger brothers, Jason and Nathan, and a younger sister, Krystle … Majoring in exploratory arts & sciences with a minor in sport administration … Posted a 3.6 GPA in high school … Favorite athlete is LeBron James, whom he considers the best basketball player ever … Best sports memory is winning the state title as a junior … Committed to Miami over Georgia Tech, Providence, UCLA, Vanderbilt and others … Chose Miami because of his desire to live in the area and the caliber of the basketball program.