Ndudi Ebi

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Ndudi Ebi
Ebi ritaglio.jpg
Shahrdari Tabriz
Position Forward
League Iranian Basketball Super League
Personal information
Born (1984-06-18) 18 June 1984 (age 33)
London, England
Nationality Nigerian / British
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school Westbury Christian School
(Houston, Texas)
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing career 2003–present
Career history
20032005 Minnesota Timberwolves
2005–2006 Fort Worth Flyers
2007–2008 Bnei HaSharon
2008–2009 Carife Ferrara
2009–2010 Basket Rimini Crabs
2010–2011 Andrea Costa Imola
2011 Limoges CSP
2011 Ningxia Hanas
2011–2012 Anibal Zahle
2012 Jiangsu Dragons
2012 Sidigas Avellino
2013 Vaqueros de Bayamón
2013 Bnei Herzliya
2014 Virtus Bologna
2014 Zamalek
2015 Virtus Roma
2015–2016 PMS Torino
2016 Manama Club
2016–2017 Byblos Club
2017–present Shahrdari Tabriz
Career highlights and awards

Ndudi Hamani Ebi (born 18 June 1984) is a Nigerian–British[1] professional basketball player who currently plays for Shahrdari Tabriz of the Iranian Basketball Super League.

He committed to the University of Arizona, but reneged by making himself eligible for the NBA Draft. Ebi was selected out of Westbury Christian School by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round (26th pick overall) of the 2003 NBA draft.

Ebi was raised in Nigeria before moving to Houston, Texas as a teenager to attend high school. He holds both British and Nigerian citizenship.

Professional career[edit]

Ebi was the first first-round pick in three years for the Wolves; the team had forfeited five first-round picks after the team owner illegally made a deal with forward Joe Smith (the penalty was later reduced to three picks). After Ebi appeared in 19 games over the course of two seasons, Minnesota attempted to get an exception from the NBA so they could send him to the NBA Development League. Ebi was technically ineligible as the 2005–06 NBA season was his third year, and the D-League only accepted players who had been in the NBA for less than two years. Minnesota wanted to guide Ebi in, and they tacitly argued that Ebi was hardly a two-year veteran in the figurative sense, given his limited playing time. The league rejected Minnesota's request regarding Ebi, and to make room for Ronald Dupree, Minnesota released Ebi on 1 November 2005.

Ebi signed a free agent contract over the summer of 2006 with the Dallas Mavericks. After playing five pre-season games, averaging 5.2 points per game (ppg), Ebi was waived by the Mavericks on 26 October 2006.

On 30 September 2007, he signed with Israeli club Bnei HaSharon for one season.[2] On 3 August 2008, he signed with Italian club Carife Ferrara, newly promoted to Serie A.[3] He later played for the Basket Rimini Crabs in Italy and averaged 15.3 points per game, 13.6 rebounds per game, and 3.2 steals per game.[4] In March 2011, he signed with Limoges CSP. In summer 2011, he signed with Anibal Zahle in Lebanon and thus joined the Division 1 of the Lebanese Basketball League. In 2012, he signed with Sidigas Avellino of Italy.[5] He signed with the Vaqueros de Bayamón in 2013. On February 4, 2014, he signed with Virtus Bologna of Italy.[6]

On January 15, 2015, after playing for Egyptian team Zamalek, Ebi returned to Italy after signing with Virtus Roma.[7]

On July 28, 2015, Ebi signed with Auxilium CUS Torino.[8]

On April 7, 2017, Ebi signed with Shahrdari Tabriz of the Iranian Basketball Super League.[9]


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