June 24, 2010
Warriors Select Ekpe Udoh In 2010 NBA Draft
Baylor Forward Was Named To Honorable Mention All-America & Big 12 All Defensive Teams Last Season
The Golden State Warriors selected Ekpe Udoh (ehp-PAY you-doe), a forward from Baylor, in this evening’s NBA Draft. The league’s annual selection process took place in the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, with the Warriors basketball operations staff – led by General Manager Larry Riley – operating from the team’s draft headquarters in downtown Oakland.
“We are very happy to add Ekpe Udoh to our team,” Riley said. “Ekpe is a complete player and it’s nice to add someone that has more than just one skill. We think he is going to fit-in quite nicely with our team on both ends of the floor.”
Udoh, an early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft after playing three collegiate seasons (two at Michigan, one at Baylor), was an honorable mention All-America selection by the Associated Press last season, as well as a member of the Big 12 All-Defensive Team as selected by the conference’s coaches. A 6’10’’ forward, Udoh appeared in 36 games for Baylor last season, averaging 13.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.69 blocks per contest, while shooting 49.0% (191-390 FG) from the field to earn All-Big 12 Second Team honors.
During his junior campaign, Udoh scored in double-figures 26 times, including six games with 20-or-more points, and recorded 10-or-more rebounds 20 times while posting 16 double-doubles. Owning a 7’4.5’’ wingspan, the 23-year-old blocked three-or-more shots 21 times and had five-or-more blocks 13 times. Udoh also posted a triple-double against Morgan State with 18 points, 17 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks.
A native of Edmond, OK, Udoh played his first two collegiate seasons at the University of Michigan before transferring to Baylor. While with the Wolverines, he appeared in 67 games, averaging 5.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.34 blocks per game.
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