On Chukura: Joined the Terrapins as a walk-on in December of 2004 ... has appeared in 17 career games over the past two seasons ... a solid rebounder who can get to the basket ... an aggressive on-ball defender for the Terrapins ... brings an intensity and energy to the club in practice and in games.
Williams on Chukura: "Gini is one of the great people on our team. He joined us as a walk-on but his role has increased every year and he has become a much better basketball player during his time in our program."
As a Junior in 2005-06: Saw action in 11 contests during 2005-06 ... grabbed two offensive rebounds in one minute against Manhattan in the NIT (March 18) ... saw action in his second ACC Tournament, earning playing time against Georgia Tech (March 9) ... recorded a steal in two minutes played against North Carolina (Feb. 26) ... scored a personal-high four points, including his first career three-pointer against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Jan. 4) ... recorded one rebound and one steal in four minutes against American (Dec. 23) ... tallied his first career points and grabbed three rebounds in four minutes against Western Carolina (Dec. 7) ... played three minutes and pulled down a rebound in the season-opening win over Fairleigh Dickinson (Nov. 18).
As a Sophomore in 2004-05: Played in six contests after joining the squad as a walk-on in December ... was added to the Terps' roster to give the team depth after injuries to then-seniors Mike Grinnon and Darien Henry ... saw first collegiate action in Maryland's victory over Liberty (Dec. 28) ... grabbed his first career rebound in his debut, a three-minute stint against the flames ... logged two minutes of action against Mount St. Mary's (Jan. 4) ... saw first ACC action at the Dean Smith Center as the Terps faced North Carolina (Jan. 8) ... made an appearance against Clemson in the Terrapins' ACC Tournament matchup (March 10) ... saw postseason action in Maryland's NIT victory over TCU at Comcast Center (March 26).
At Good Counsel High School: Lettered in two seasons for Good Counsel's varsity squad in Wheaton, Md. ... attended same high school as Terrapin teammate James Gist ... high school coach was Tim McKenna.
Personal: Gini Chukura ... parents' names are Niki Ababio and Chris Chukura ... has two younger twin brothers, Peter (15) and Paul (15) ... lists Kevin Garnett as his favorite pro basketball player because of the overall contributions he makes to his team ... interests include music and drawing ... pronounced "GIN-ee cha-KOOR-uh".
Chukura's Career Stats
CHUKURA'S Career Highs
POINTS 4 vs. TAMU-CC (1/4/06)
REBOUNDS 3 vs. Western Carolina (12/7/05)
FG 1 (2x) last vs. TAMU-CC (1/4/06)
FGA 4 vs. Western Carolina (12/7/05)
3 FG 1 vs. TAMU-CC (1/4/06)
3 FGA 1 (2x) last vs. TAMU-CC (1/4/06)
FT 1 vs. TAMU-CC (1/4/06)
FTA 2 (3x) last at North Carolina (2/26)
BLOCKS 1 vs. Mount St. Mary's (1/4/05)
STEALS 1 (2x) last at North Carolina (2/26/06)
MINUTES 4 (4x) last vs. VMI (12/31/05)