Ekpe Udoh

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Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh March 2012.jpg
Udoh with the Bucks
Free Agent
Position Center / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1987-05-20) May 20, 1987 (age 27)
Edmond, Oklahoma
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Edmond Santa Fe
(Edmond, Oklahoma)
College Michigan (2006–2008)
Baylor (2009–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro playing career 2010–present
Career history
20102012 Golden State Warriors
2011 Bnei Herzliya
20122014 Milwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Big Ten Defensive team (2008)
  • Big 12 Conference single-season blocked shots record
Stats at NBA.com

Ekpedeme Friday "Ekpe" Udoh (/ɛˈp ˈjuːd/ e-PAY EW-doh;[1] born May 20, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He formerly played with the Baylor Bears and was selected by the Warriors with the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He played high school basketball for Edmond Santa Fe High School.

With a 7'4 12" wingspan, he was the Big 12 Conference's leading shot blocker during the 2009–2010 basketball season.[2][3] He led the conference in his only season at Baylor, after transferring from Michigan where, as a freshman, he led the Big Ten Conference statistical championships in blocked shots with a 2.67 conference game average and a 2.88 all game average.[4] He led the team to the Conference statistical championship with a 4.28 team average in conference games.[5]

College career[edit]

Udoh played three college seasons, two at Michigan and one at Baylor, averaging 8.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 103 career games. Ekpe was named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press as a junior at Baylor, named to the All-Big 12 Second Team by the AP and conference coaches as a junior, named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year by the AP and conference coaches as a junior, named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by The Sporting News as a junior, and named to the Big 12 All-Defense and Big 12 All-Rookie teams by conference coaches as a junior. He earned Big 12 Rookie of the Week honors on four occasions in November 30, January 4, January 11 and February 15. As a sophomore he was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive team.

Professional career[edit]

In the 2010 NBA Draft, Udoh was the 6th overall pick by the Golden State Warriors. Because of a wrist injury,[6] Udoh did not make his NBA debut until December 11, 2010 against the Miami Heat in the final 3 minutes of the game, scoring 2 points.

During the 2011 NBA lockout, Udoh signed with Bnei Herzliya in Israel.[7]

On March 13, 2012, Udoh, along with Monta Ellis and Kwame Brown, was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.[8]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Golden State 58 18 17.8 .437 .000 .656 3.1 .7 .4 1.5 4.1
2011–12 Golden State 38 6 21.8 .443 .000 .719 3.9 .8 .7 1.7 5.5
2011–12 Milwaukee 23 5 20.1 .409 .000 .800 4.7 1.1 .7 1.6 5.7
2012–13 Milwaukee 76 9 17.3 .435 .000 .748 3.3 .6 .5 1.1 4.3
2013–14 Milwaukee 42 14 19.1 .399 .000 .638 3.5 .7 .4 1.0 3.4
Career 237 52 18.7 .428 .000 .718 3.5 .7 .5 1.3 4.4

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Milwaukee 4 0 13.5 .444 .000 .000 1.5 .3 .5 .5 2.0
Career 4 0 13.5 .444 .000 .000 1.5 .3 .5 .5 2.0

Personal[edit]

The son of Alice and Sam Udoh, Ekpe was born in Edmond, Oklahoma. He graduated in 2006 from Edmond Santa Fe High School where he and former teammate Obi Muonelo led the team to the state-championship as juniors. His parents are Nigerians.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A fresh transfusion of talent
  2. ^ Draft Express
  3. ^ Udoh's next choice: Baylor or NBA? – Colleges Blog – ESPN Dallas
  4. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 35. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  5. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 38. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  6. ^ "Udoh out 6 months following surgery". ESPN. July 14, 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ Udoh to Israel, Lin to Italy?
  8. ^ "Bucks Acquire Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown from Warriors". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ Bear Essential Sports Illustrated, March 29, 2010

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