Warriors Sign Rookie Forward Ekpe Udoh To Contract

July 7, 2010
Warriors Sign Rookie Forward Ekpe Udoh To Contract
Sixth Overall Pick In 2010 NBA Draft Will Miss Summer League After Suffering Left Wrist Injury

Udoh was the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

The Golden State Warriors have signed Ekpe Udoh (ehp-PAY you-doe), whom the club selected with the sixth overall selection in last month’s NBA Draft, to a contract, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.

Additionally, the team announced that Udoh will miss the 2010 NBA Summer League due to a left wrist injury. The injury was suffered during a supervised workout on the evening of Sunday, July 4, at the team’s practice facility in Downtown Oakland, where Udoh was working out with teammate Stephen Curry and Summer League teammate Joe Ingles under the direction of Warriors’ Assistant Coach Stephen Silas and Director of Athletic Development Mark Grabow.

“Obviously we’re disappointed that this has occurred and that Ekpe will not play in the Summer League,” said Warriors’ General Manager Larry Riley. “By voluntarily returning to the Bay Area this past weekend to participate in supervised workouts, Ekpe has already demonstrated a great work ethic and determination to get better, which will serve him well as he comes back from this injury and prepares for his rookie NBA season.”

Udoh, 23, will have his left wrist evaluated this week to determine the exact nature of the injury and a course of action.

A 6’10” forward, Udoh was an was an honorable mention All-America selection as a junior last season at Baylor, as well as a member of the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. He appeared in 36 games for the Bears in 2009-10, 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.

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