Mike Conley Jr.’s marriage is expected to last forever as the Grizzlies Guard remains a faithful and loving husband to his wife Mary Peluso, whom 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 (loyal) to the team since he was drafted in the first round (4th round in total) of the NBA draft in 2007. Read on to learn more about other important facts about Mike Conley Jr.
Mike Conley Jr’s Bio
Mike Conley Jr. was born on October 11, 1987, in Fayetteville, Arkansas as Michael Alex Conley Jr. 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 in the pack, and it can be said that his athleticism is genetic, since his father Mike was also an athlete (in track and field) who competed in the 1984 and 1992 Olympic Games for the United States (he won 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 wears it. She is an athlete.
Conley’s raw talent for basketball began at a very early stage of his life (at the age of one) when he jumped on objects and ran after them with fascination. When he noticed this, his father steered him onto the hoop path, and when he was six years old, Conley played basketball under his father’s guidance at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). He completed his high school education at Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, where his basketball talent continued to flourish.
He played basketball with his childhood friend and playmate, Greg Oden, at Lawrence North High School, and they helped the school win three consecutive state championships. And even though he lost to his friend Greg for “National Player of the Year” and “Mr. Basketball,” 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 received a basketball scholarship at Ohio State University (OSU) in 2006. In his first year, his 441 points and 238 assists (averaging 6.1 per game) were enough to help his college basketball team, referred to as “The Buckeyes”, reach the Big Ten Conference Championship and, after an 84-75 defeat to Florida, also finish second in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCA) tournament. For personal reasons, however, Conley was elected to the All-Big Ten First Team.
After his success in his first year of college with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Conley decided to participate in the 2007 NBA Draft instead of appearing in the second year. His father supported his decision and represented him (and his friend Greg Oden) as their agent.
Mike Conley Jr’s Salary, Net Worth
After leaving college after the first year of college to pursue his basketball dreams, Mike Conley Jr. was called up for the 2007 NBA Draft and was voted fourth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round. He has remained with the team since 2007. In July 2016, the Grizzlies signed the number 11 Grizzly, the largest contract in the history of the NBA at the time – a 5-year contract worth $153 million. The deal makes him a salary of over $30 million for the five years the contract runs.
The structure of the contract is such that it increases every year. For example, Conley will earn 6.97 percent more in 2018/19 than he earned in 2017/18, making him the seventh-paying NBA player in 2018. He is currently the highest-paid player on the team – Memphis Grizzlies – and can keep the title as long as his current contract runs. The tabloids in the media are divided according to how much his current net worth is estimated. While some put it at $24 million, others have estimated it at $90 to $95 million. However, Forbes has estimated Mike Conley Jr.’s current net worth at $30 million.
Married Life – Wife, Son
Mike Conley Jr. is no longer on the market (he’s addicted to it, ladies!) Conley is married to his long-time girlfriend, with whom he started in college at Ohio State University. His wife’s name is Mary Peluso and they were married in a beautiful ceremony attended by teammates and friends, including Greg Oden, on July 5, 2014, in Columbus, USA. Together they have a son named Myles Alex Conley.
Mary was very active in social media during her pregnancy and allowed her fans to follow her throughout the process. Even after the boy was born, she continued to provide her fans with up-to-date information about 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 weren’t married until 2014, the enigmatic couple didn’t meet until 2006 when Conley was in college. Both were college students at Ohio State University, and although Conley dropped out after his freshman year, it was enough to spark their love and she continued to thrive even after he entered 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 operates a fashion website where she uploads pictures of her clothes and publishes reviews of each article. This is also evidenced by her reports in social media, as she constantly floods the room with several trendy pieces of clothing. Apart from fashion, Peluso is known to be addicted to fitness. She loves to keep fit, and even her pregnancy was no obstacle to her daily fitness goals. In 2015, Peluso appeared on the cover of the Memphis Health & Fitness magazine – August issue.
Quick Facts – Height, Horoscope, Sexuality
- Name: Michael Alex Conley Jr.
- Known as: Mike Conley Jr
- Profession: A basketball player
- Birth Date: October 11, 1987
- Horoscope: Libra
- Birth Place: Fayetteville, Arkansas
- Nationality: American
- Sexuality: Straight
- 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)