It is expected that Mike Conley Jr’s marriage will last forever with the Grizzlies Guard remaining a faithful and loving husband to his wife, Mary Peluso, who he married in 2014. The reason for this expectation is not far-fetched as Conley, a professional basketball player, who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA) has remained (faithful) with the team since he was drafted in the first round (4th overall) of the NBA draft in 2007. Read on to learn about other salient facts about Mike Conley Jr.
Mike Conley Jr’s Bio
Mike Conley Jr was born Michael Alex Conley Jr. on October 11, 1987, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He and his three siblings – Joan, Sydney, and Jon – were born to their parents – Mike Conley Sr. and Rene Corbin Conley. He is the oldest child of the pack and his athletism can be said to be genetic as his father, Mike, was also an athlete (in track and field) who competed in the 1984 and 1992 Olympics for the United States (winning a silver medal in 1984 and gold in 1992). However, he is not the only one in the family to carry the athletic gene. His younger sister, Sydney Conley also does. She is a track and field athlete.
Conley’s raw talent for basketball began at a very early stage of his life (as early as one-year-old) when he would bounce objects and run after them in fascination. Spotting this, his father channeled him towards the hoop path and by the time he was six years old, Conley was playing Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball under the guidance of his father. He had his high school education at the Lawrence North High School, Indianapolis where his basketball talents continued to blossom.
He played basketball with his friend and childhood playmate, Greg Oden at Lawrence North High, and they helped the school reach three consecutive state championships. And although he lost out of being named “National Player of the Year” and “Mr. Basketball” to his friend, Greg, his efforts did not go unnoticed as he was selected for the McDonald’s All-American team and the third team of Parade All-American in his senior year.
The point-guard went on to earn a basketball scholarship to Ohio State University (OSU) in 2006. In his first year, his 441 points and 238 assists (an average of 6.1 per game) were enough to help his college basketball team dubbed The Buckeyes make the “Big Ten Conference Championship” and to also finish second place in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCA) tournament after losing 84-75 to Florida. On a personal note, however, Conley was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team.
With his success in his freshman year in college with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Conley opted to be part of the 2007 NBA Draft instead of showing up in school for his sophomore year. His father supported his decision and represented him (and his friend, Greg Oden) as their agent.
Mike Conley Jr’s Salary, Net Worth
Having dropped out of college after freshman year to pursue his basketball dreams, Mike Conley Jr was drafted at the 2007 NBA Draft and was picked by Memphis Grizzlies in the first round as fourth overall. He has remained with the team since 2007. In July 2016, the Grizzlies no. 11 signed the biggest contract in NBA history at the time – a 5-year deal worth $153 million. The deal makes him a $30 million-plus salary earner for the five years the deal will run.
The structure of the contract is such that it increases every year. For instance, in 2018/19, Conley is earning 6.97 percent more than what he earned in 2017/18 which makes him the 7th best-paid NBA player in 2018. He is the highest paid player in the team – Memphis Grizzlies – currently and may still hold on to the title as long as his current contract runs. The media tabloids are divided as per how much his current net worth is set at. While some put it at $24 million, there are others who have estimated it to be as high as $90-95 million. However, Forbes has estimated Mike Conley Jr’s current net worth at $30 million
Married Life – Wife, Son
Mike Conley Jr is off the market (he has been hooked, ladies!) Conley is married to his longtime girlfriend who he started dating in college at Ohio State University. His wife’s name is Mary Peluso and they got married in a beautiful ceremony which was attended by teammates and friends, including Greg Oden, on the 5th of July 2014 in Columbus, the United States. Together, they have a son named Myles Alex Conley.
Mary was very active on social media during her pregnancy and allowed her fans to follow her through the whole process. Even after the birth of the boy, she continued giving her fans constant updates on his growth process. Myles was born on August 4, 2016.
Who is Mary Peluso?
Mary Peluso is the beautiful wife of NBA star, Mike Conley Jr. Although they got married in 2014, the enigmatic couple actually met in 2006 when Conley was in college. Both were college students at the Ohio State University and even though, Conley dropped out after his freshman year, it was enough to ignite their love and it blossomed further, even after he left for the NBA in 2007. Peluso continued her college program and graduated in 2010 after earning a bachelor’s degree in Biology.
Mary Peluso describes herself as a model and fashion blogger. She owns and runs a fashion website where she uploads pictures of what she wears with reviews on each item. Her social media accounts also attest to the fact as she constantly floods the space with several trendy wears. Aside from fashion, Peluso is known to be a fitness addict. She loves keeping herself fit that even her pregnancy was no hindrance to her daily target with regards to her fitness routine. In 2015, Peluso appeared on the cover of Memphis Health & Fitness magazine – August issue.
Quick Facts – Height, Horoscope, Sexuality
Name: Michael Alex Conley Jr.
Known as: Mike Conley Jr
Profession: Basketball player
Birth Date: October 11, 1987
Birth Place: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Spouse: Mary Peluso
Children: 1 (Myles Alex Conley)
Height: 1.85 m
Weight: 84 kg
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Hair Color: Black
Annual Salary: $30-plus million
Net Worth: $30 million (Forbes)