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Temi Fagbenle Biography and Profile


Personal life

Fagbenle was born on 8 September 1992 to a Nigerian family in Baltimore, Maryland, and has eleven siblings, including actor O. T. Fagbenle, film producer Luti Fagbenle, and video producer Oladapo ‘Daps’ Fagbenle. Her family moved to London, United Kingdom when she was aged 2 and she began playing basketball at the Haringey Angels club. When she was fifteen she returned to the United States to study at Blair Academy in New Jersey. She attended Harvard University before  all.As of 2012 she was 1.93 metres (6 ft 4 in) tall and weighs 79.5 kilograms (175 lb).

Basketball career

Smiling Fagbenle dancing with young girl fan
Fagbenle dancing with a fan in 2017

During her time at Blair Academy Fagbenle was voted on to the McDonald’s All American High School team. She has represented Great Britain at the under-16, 18 and 20 levels and competed at the 2011 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship held in Serbia.

Temi Fagbenle: GB international to play for Minnesota in WNBA - BBC Sport

She was named in the British team for the women’s basketball tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London having been fast-tracked into the senior side from the under-20s. She averaged 4.8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1.2 blocks and 1 steal in 19.2 minutes per game. GB went 0-5 and failed to qualify from their group.

Her selection for the Olympics came after a 12-month period in which she was unable to play for the Harvard Crimson women’s basketball team due to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) declaring her ineligible. Fagbenle had taken the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exam whilst at school in the UK and NCAA rules say that an athlete must be enrolled in college within two years of sitting for the exam; Fagbenle took an additional year to graduate from high school because she repeated a year after moving to the United States.

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