Timberwolves Sign First-Round Draft Pick, Ndudi Ebi

July 5, 2003 — The Timberwolves have signed their first-round draft pick, Ndudi Ebi (pronounced Indy EE-bee), to a contract, it was announced today by Kevin McHale, Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager. Per team policy, contract terms were not disclosed.

The Wolves made Ebi their first selection in the 2003 NBA Draft on June 26. Ebi, a 6-9, 195-pound forward from Westbury Christian High School in Houston, Texas, was the 26th player chosen overall. Ebi will participate in the Wolves' mini-camp July 5-7 and will be a member of the team's entry in the 2003 Pepsi Summer League, to be held in Orlando July 8-12.

"I'm just happy to be here," Ebi said. "I'm ready to play basketball, ready to get started. I'm going to work hard and give 110 percent and go wherever it takes me."

This spring, Ebi led Westbury Christian to its third TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) state 4A championship in his four seasons (the school's 11th overall). He averaged 22.7 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.4 blocks and 2.6 steals per game for the Wildcats and earned First Team All-America honors from both USA Today and Parade Magazine before signing to attend the University of Arizona. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 2001 USA Olympic Festival and also competed in the McDonald's High School All-America Game and the Jordan Capital Classic.

Ebi has played previously at Target Center, against Hopkins (Minn.) High School as part of the Timberwolves' Tripleheader of Hoops on Jan. 26, 2002. The 19-year-old was born on June 18, 1984 in London and also lived in Enugu, Nigeria before moving to Houston. The son of Godwin and Elizabeth Ebi, his given name means "life."