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Prospect Profile:
Ike Diogu

Full Name: Ikechukwa Somotochukwa Diogu
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-8 (2.03 m) / 250 (113.4 kg)
Birthdate: September 11, 1983 (Buffalo, N.Y.)
High School: Garland HS (Garland, Tex.)
College: Arizona State
 
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An early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft.

Career Highlights: Earned Consensus Second Team All-America honors as a junior, the first player in Arizona State history to earn this distinction. Became the first player in Pac-10 history to lead the conference in scoring in consecutive years since Stan Love of Oregon from 1969-71. Ranks second in league history in career free throws made (671) and attempted (854). Has scored in double figures in all 91 collegiate games played, surpassing the 30-point mark 11 times and the 20-point mark 50 times. Posted 30 career double-doubles. Earned First team All-Pac-10 all three seasons. Was a member of the USA Basketball team that competed in the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Junior (2004-05): Finished the season tied for fifth in the country in scoring (22.6 ppg) and became the first player in Pac-10 history to lead the league in scoring, rebounding (9.8 rpg) and blocked shots (2.3 bpg). Also led the conference in field goal percentage (.575). Set a Pac-10 record with 248 free throws made, breaking his own mark. Scored 28 points and pulled down 15 rebounds at Stanford. Exploded for career-high 39 points in the rematch. Posted 35 points vs. California in the very next game. Tied a career-high with 18 rebounds vs. Santa Clara. Registered 31 points and 15 rebounds at Washington. Tallied 23 points and 11 rebounds at Arizona.

Sophomore (2003-04): Ranked ninth in the nation in scoring (22.8 ppg). Set season high with 38 points vs. McNeese State. Scored 24 points and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds vs. Oregon State. Recorded 31 and 33 points in two games vs. California. Posted a 23-point, 14-rebound double-double at Northwestern. Scored 27 points at USC, sinking all 12 three throw attempts. Registered 23 points and 12 rebounds at Oregon. Tallied 19 points and 14 rebounds in the regular season finale vs. Arizona. Was a finalist for the Naismith Award.

Freshman (2002-03): Was the only player in the Pac-10 to rank in the top five in scoring (19.0 ppg, third) and rebounding (7.8 rpg, fifth). Ranked eighth nationally in field goal percentage (.608). Set school freshman records for points (607), games started (32), field goals made (209) and rebounds (249). Scored 20 or more points 12 times, including a season-high 27 points on three occasions, most recently vs. Oregon in the Pac-10 Tournament where he also grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds. Posted 26 points and ten rebounds at Washington State. Scored 22 points vs. Utah in the Maui Invitational.

Strengths: Has a quick, high jump off two feet that allows him to retrieve rebounds before others gather to jump. He has the strength to power through big men and will collect fouls. Runs and works transition game well.

Personal: Majoring in studio art. Older brothers Eric and Eddie played football at Tennesese and Texas, respectively. Also played three games at tight end in high school for Garland’s 5A Division II title team in 1999.

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