Christian Koloko: Family, Net Worth, Contract & Girlfriend

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From the basketball courts of Cameroon to the hardwood floors of the NBA, Christian Koloko has made an incredible journey.

Known for his remarkable athleticism, rim-protection skills, and unwavering determination, Koloko is one of the rising stars of the Toronto Raptors.

As a college standout at Arizona, he led his team to a Pac-12 title and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

Christian Koloko
Christian Koloko (Source: Instagram)

Now, as he takes on the challenge of the world’s most competitive basketball league, the young star is poised to leave his mark on the sport.

Join us as we explore the life and career of this rising NBA sensation. Here are some quick facts about the player!

Quick Facts

Full Name Christian Koloko
Date of Birth June 20, 2000
Birth Place Douala, Cameroon
Age 23 Years Old
Nationality Cameroonian
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Chinese zodiac Dragon
Height 7 feet 1 inch/ 2.16 m/ 216 cm
Weight 230 lbs/ 104 kg
High School Sierra Canyon School
University University of Arizona
Father’s Name Jean-Paul Koloko
Mother’s Name Henriette Koloko
Siblings Four (Stephanie, Manuella, Claude, and Kelly)
Tattoos None
Girlfriend N/A
Children None
Profession Basketball player
League NBA
Position Center
Playing Career 2022-present
NBA Draft Round: 2, Pick: 33rd overall, 2022
Current Team
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Raptors 905 (G League affiliate of the Raptors)
Jersey Number 35
Net Worth $1 Million 
Social Media Instagram
Merch Not Available
Last Update March 2024

Christian Is The Only Son Among Five Kids

Christian Koloko was born in Douala, Cameroon, on June 20, 2000. His father’s name is Jean-Paul Koloko, and his mother’s name is Henriette Koloko.

The player has three older sisters, Stephanie, Manuella, Claude, and Kelly Koloko.

Stephanie, Christian’s eldest sister, moved to the United States from Cameroon in 2007 to pursue a career in finance, while Christian stayed in Cameroon with their parents.

Initially, his parents had trouble viewing Christian’s interest in basketball as anything but a hobby.

However, other people around the family thought differently, including Stephanie’s friends, who started telling her how “tall and disciplined” Christian was and how it made sense for him to go to the United States to work on his game.

Christian Koloko's Father, Mother And His Elder Sister Stephanie
Christian Koloko’s Father, Mother, And Elder Sister, Stephanie (Source: Instagram)

Eventually, with the help of Stephanie’s intervention and financial support, Christian was able to pursue his career in basketball.

So, when Christian was 17, he left Cameroon to live with Stephanie in the US to pursue his basketball dreams. His parents agreed that he should live with Stephanie instead of a foster family, knowing she would take good care of him.

Stephanie had already carved out a successful career in the US, having earned both a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in business administration. She is married and also has a daughter named Pierre-Elise. 

Age, Height & Body Measurements

The NBA player was born in the year 2000. Hence, he is 23 years old. 

Christian has a towering height of 2.16 m and weighs around 230 lb (104 kg). He has a hand length of 9 inches and a hand width of 10.75 inches.

Likewise, the player has a standing reach of 9 feet 5 inches (2.87 m) and a wingspan of 7 feet 5.25 inches (2.26 m). He was among the tallest and longest players in his draft class and the NBA.

Education & Early Years

Christian Koloko is a native of Douala, Cameroon, and attended Collège Libermann in his hometown.

Koloko moved to the United States in 2017 and played basketball for Birmingham High School in Lake Balboa, California, as a junior. Following that, the player transferred to Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, California, for his senior season.

Christian Koloko With The Pac 12 Honors
Christian Koloko With The Pac 12 Honors (Source: Instagram)

Christian then played college basketball at the University of Arizona from 2019 to 2022, where he averaged 6.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game.

Collegiate Highlights & Awards

  • 2022 First-team All-Pac-12 
  • 2022 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year 
  • 2022 Pac-12 Most Improved Player 
  • 2022 Pac-12 All-Defensive Team 

NBA Career

Christian Koloko started his NBA career in 2022 when the Toronto Raptors drafted him as the 33rd pick in the NBA draft. He signed a multi-year contract with the Raptors on August 26, 2022.

The player has made 46 appearances as a rookie for the Raptors, including 19 starts, averaging 3.4 points and 3.2 rebounds across 14.4 minutes per game. 

Altercation & Fines

The world of professional basketball is no stranger to heated rivalries and intense competition, but sometimes, things can take an ugly turn.

The same happened during a game between the Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat on October 22, 2022.

In the fourth quarter of the game, a heated altercation broke out between Raptors center Christian Koloko and Heat forward Caleb Martin.

According to reports from the Miami Herald, Martin taunted Koloko after making a layup and tackled him into the stands where spectators were seated.

Koloko fought back, grabbing Martin during the scuffle. Both players were ejected from the game due to the incident, leaving their respective teams shorthanded for the remainder of the game.

The NBA later announced that Martin would be suspended for one game without pay for instigating the altercation, while Koloko was fined $15,000 for his involvement.

Relationship & Girlfriend

Christian Koloko is currently single and focused on his basketball career. He maintains an active presence on Instagram, sharing updates about his playing career and other aspects of his life.

However, he has not shared any information about his romantic life, indicating that he prefers to keep this aspect of his life private.

Fans of the young basketball star can follow him on Instagram at @cjkoloko to stay updated on his career and other activities.

Interesting Facts

  • He is from the same hometown as Pascal Siakam, Douala, in Cameroon, and they belong to the same ethnic group, the Chadic people.
  • He grew up playing soccer and did not start playing basketball until he was 17 years old. 
  • His favorite player growing up was Kevin Durant, who also wore the number 35 before switching to the number 7. 

Net worth & Contract

A newcomer in the NBA, Koloko is not new to the hoops, and so is his impression as a potential player. 

As of 2024, Christina Koloko has an estimated net worth of $1 million. The lucrative amount is thanks to his NBA deal with the Raptors.

The Cameroon-born, who was the 33rd overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, signed a three-year $5.24 million deal with the Raptors on August 27, 2022.

His rookie deal has a guaranteed amount of $3.219 million and an average annual salary of $1.74 million.

As per the contract, Christian’s base salary for the 2022-23 season is $1.5 million.

It rises to $1.719 million in the 2023-24 season and then to $2.019 million in the 2024-25 season if no restructures or options are signed.

The player’s contract is set to expire in 2025, at which point he will become a restricted free agent with a qualifying offer of $2.524 million.

Frequently Asked Question

What number is Christian Koloko?

Christian Koloko wears the number 35 for the Toronto Raptors. He also wore the same number when he played college basketball for the Arizona Wildcats. 

Is Christian Koloko American?

No, Christian Koloko is not American. He is Cameroonian. The player was born in Douala, Cameroon, on June 20, 2000. He moved to the United States in 2017 to pursue his basketball career. 


Aayusha Bhattarai

Aayusha Bhattarai is a dedicated writer with a passion for uncovering the fascinating stories behind athletes' lives. With a keen eye for detail and a knack for storytelling, she brings readers on a journey through the triumphs, struggles, and inspirations of their favorite players.


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