Sacramento, CA, February 18, 2020 Former NBA center for the Sacramento Kings, Peter Aluma 46 years old to be laid to rest February 22, 2020, 11 a.m. at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church 3996 14th Ave., Sacramento, CA 95820. Burial services will be at 11 a.m. St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church 3996 14th Ave., Sacramento, CA 95820. The repast is at 3 p.m. TBD.
Aluma was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. He was inducted into the BSC Hall of Fame in 2008 and Liberty University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.
The Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) had a minute of silence in honor of Aluma and Kobe Bryant before their final game. “Our thoughts are with his family members and his loved ones. We can assure them that they are not alone during this trying period. We mourn with them” said the NBBF President, Engr Musa Kida.
He played briefly for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings during the lockout-shortened 1998-1999 season. During the 1999-2000 preseason, he was signed by the Phoenix Suns. He was invited to join the Knicks 2000 summer league team. In 1998, he played professionally in Venezuela for Toros De Aragua. He also played for Nigeria in the 1998 World FIBA Championship. In 1999, he played in Belarus for the Gomel Wildcats Sozh. In 2001, he played with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Beloved Liberty University basketball star Aluma led the Flames to three appearances in the Big South Conference tournament championship game in 1994, 1996 and 1997. He was named the tournament MVP when Liberty claimed its first conference tournament title in 1994. “Peter brought fun to the group. He brought a wit, that quick wit, but he also was competitive,” Peter wanted to win. Peter played to win. You combine that with somebody that probably has the most talent of any center that’s ever played at Liberty. He was physically gifted. He was an ACC talent playing in the Big South. The thing with Peter was … his personal characteristics blended humility, kindness and competitive greatness altogether. You don’t always find that combination.” said Former Liberty Flames coach Randy Dunton. Former Liberty head coach, Jeff Meyer, who coached Aluma while he was a member of the Flames shared his thoughts on his former player: “My family and I are saddened beyond words with the sudden passing of our friend Peter Aluma. We loved Peter and were blessed to have stayed in touch with him throughout his life. We do find comfort in knowing that Peter is with Our Lord. Peter was always the Ultimate Teammate and became a Tremendous Servant Leader. He lived his life with amazing humility, perspective, and a persevering spirit that inspired so many who knew him. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Peter’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
Aluma is survived by his Mother, brothers, sisters, three sons and one daughter.