Jam Acquire Ike Diogu

BAKERSFIELD, December 12, 2013 – The Bakersfield Jam announced today that the team has acquired forward Ike Diogu (6-9, 250, Arizona State) from the NBA Development League’s available player pool.

“We are excited to have Ike join the Jam Family,” said Head Coach Will Voigt. “His experience and talent will be a great addition to our team.”

The Buffalo, NY-native was originally selected by the Golden State Warriors in the first round (ninth pick overall) of 2005 NBA Draft. Most recently, Diogu played in six preseason games for the New York Knicks where he averaged 7.2 points, on 56.7 percent shooting, and 4.0 rebounds before being released on October 25, 2013. He holds career averages of 6.0 points, on 50.9-percent shooting, 3.1 rebounds and 12.4 minutes in 225 games (18 starts) over six seasons with Golden State, Indiana, Portland, Sacramento, L.A. Clippers and San Antonio. Diogu spent the last two seasons playing in Puerto Rico (Arecibo) and China (Xinjiang). In addition, Diogu has also played with the senior men’s Nigerian national team.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to join a great franchise,” said Diogu. “I look forward to being one of the missing pieces that brings a championship to Bakersfield.”

The Arizona State product earned Pac-10 Player of the Year honors as a junior in 2004-05 after finishing the season tied for fifth in the country in scoring (22.6 ppg). He also received Second Team All-American honors following his junior season, becoming the first player in school history to earn such a distinction. He led the Pac-10 in scoring (22.6 ppg), rebounding (9.8 rpg) and blocked shots (2.34 bpg) as a junior, after also leading the conference in scoring as a sophomore (22.8 ppg), which made him the first player to pace the conference in scoring in consecutive years. In 91 career games over three seasons at Arizona State, Diogu averaged 21.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.68 blocks per contest, while shooting 57.1 percent from the field and 78.6 percent from the free throw line.

To make room on the roster, the Jam have waived forward Jordan DeMercy.

Diogu will wear number 33 and is expected to be in uniform for tonight’s game when the Jam host the Santa Cruz Warriors at 7:00 p.m. PST.