Warriors 2010 Draft Central

Warriors 2010 Draft Central

Ekpe Udoh Arrives In Bay Area
The Warriors selected Ekpe Udoh, a forward from Baylor, with the sixth pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. Udoh arrived in the Bay Area on Friday and his introductory press conference was streamed live on warriors.com. Watch the interview above and view more interviews, videos and other exclusive coverage in the blog below.





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Tuesday, June 29 (5:36 p.m.)
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Udoh To Play For Warriors In NBA Summer League

It doesn’t take long for a draft pick to get completely immersed into the NBA. On Thursday, the Warriors selected Ekpe Udoh with the sixth pick of the NBA Draft. Less than 24 hours later, he was in Oakland for his introductory press conference with the Bay Area media, and soon he will be headed to Las Vegas to participate with the Warriors’ entry in the 2010 NBA Summer League.

Udoh discussed Summer League and much more in a recent interview with our very own Tim Roye:

To see the Warriors' full Summer League roster and schedule, click here.

Friday, June 25 (5:12 p.m.)
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Ekpe Udoh Introduced At Press Conference

One day after being drafted by the Warriors and shaking NBA Commissioner David Stern's hand in New York, Ekpe Udoh made the cross-country trip to Oakland, where he was introduced at a press conference earlier today. Check out a photo gallery of Udoh's appearance, plus video of the entire press conference.

For complete coverage of the Warriors draft preparations, plus their eventual selection of Udoh, scroll down for much more. And as usual, stay tuned for even more exclusive coverage in the coming days.

Friday, June 25 (10:24 a.m.)
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Ekpe Udoh Highlights & Interview; 2pm Live Press Conference

In our last post, we shared a few facts about Ekpe Udoh's college career and gave fans a brief scouting report. If you want to see for yourself what the athletic 6'10 forward brings to the table, check out the video below featuring highlights from his time at Baylor University.

Following the draft, the Warriors Weekly Radio Show aired live on KNBR 680. The two featured guests were Udoh and Warriors General Manager Larry Riley. Listen to both of their interviews below:


Ekpe Udoh Interview

Larry Riley Interview

If you missed any of our coverage last night, feel free to scroll down and enjoy a variety of interviews, photos, video and more.

And remember, fans can watch Udoh’s introductory press conference with the Bay Area media LIVE on warriors.com today at approximately 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 24 (9:23 p.m.)
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Ekpe Udoh: New Video & Photos

In his last collegiate game, Ekpe Udoh had 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five blocks. It didn’t come against some cupcake either. It was against Duke – the 2010 national champion – in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

That stat line alone should let you know that Udoh is far from being a one-dimensional player. Yes, he’s a shot blocker. A two-time all-conference defensive team selection, Udoh is also quite capable on offense. He can step out and knock down a midrange jumper and he can bang inside as well. Named by The Associated Press as an Honorable Mention All-American, the 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward averaged 13.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.7 blocks and 2.7 assists last season at Baylor.

Find out more about the newest Warrior by clicking here and be sure to watch his interview with Bob Fitzgerald that took place at the Warriors 2010 Draft Party just moments after his selection.

More Udoh videos are accessible on the Warriors Draft Multimedia page, including a can’t-miss interview with Craig Sager.

Also, fans will be able to watch Udoh’s introductory press conference with the Bay Area media. Warriors.com will carry a live stream of the event, which will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 25.

Thursday, June 24 (5:33 p.m.)
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Riley Post-Selection Comments

Following the Warriors' selection of Ekpe Udoh with the sixth pick in the NBA Draft, Warriors GM Larry Riley took a quick minute to speak with Tim Roye. Watch the interview below:

Stay tuned for much more behind-the-scenes draft coverage of the Warriors.

Thursday, June 24 (5:11 p.m.)
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Warriors Select Ekpe Udoh At No. 6

With the sixth pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, the Warriors selected Baylor’s Ekpe Udoh. A 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward, Udoh played just one season at Baylor after transferring from Michigan in 2008. He averaged 13.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks during his junior season in which he was an Honorable Mention All-American selection by The Associated Press.

Check out some of his collegiate highlights and find our more about the newest Warrior by clicking here.

Prior to the draft, Udoh worked out for the Warriors. Check out this interview conducted by Jim Barnett that took place after that workout on June 5:

Stay tuned for much more behind-the-scenes draft coverage of the Warriors, as we’ll have interviews with Udoh and General Manager Larry Riley and much more.

Thursday, June 24 (4:40 p.m.)
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Larry Riley Offers Last-Second Thoughts On Draft

Just moments before the 2010 NBA Draft began, our very own Tim Roye caught up with Warriors General Manager Larry Riley. Watch that interview in the video below:

The Warriors will make their selection shortly, and you can tune into ESPN to see Commissioner David Stern announce the pick. Of course, if you’re not around a TV, we’ll have that announcement here in the Draft Blog immediately afterward.

Thursday, June 24 (11:31 a.m.)
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Consensus Mock Draft Not A Consensus

As you undoubtedly know, tonight is Draft night. Coverage begins at 4 p.m. on ESPN and the first pick will be announced at about 4:35 p.m. With the Draft being so close to tipping off, broadcasters, reporters and bloggers alike are rushing to the Internet to update their Mock Drafts. Within the last hour, we here at warriors.com have pooled their predictions together, and there has certainly been a lot of movement in the last 24 hours.

Georgetown center Greg Monroe is still the most popular pick for the Warriors, according to the “experts,” but Wake Forest’s Al-Farouq Aminu and Ekpe Udoh of Baylor are not far behind. All three of those prospects worked out for the Warriors earlier this month, and you can watch Jim Barnett’s interviews with them on our Multimedia Page.

Stay tuned for more Draft coverage throughout the day, as their promises to be a lot going on throughout the day.

Wednesday, June 23 (6:17 p.m.)
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Riley, Wright To Appear On Chronicle Live Tonight

Fans tuning into Chronicle Live tonight (9 p.m., CSN Bay Area) will be in for a special treat, as the show will feature appearances from Warriors forward Brandan Wright and General Manager Larry Riley. There surely will be no shortage of topics to discuss with the NBA Draft less than 24 hours away, the Warriors’ recent trade with the Bucks and Wright’s recovery from a shoulder injury that forced him to miss all of the 2009-10 season.

In addition, tonight’s episode of Chronicle Live will be broadcast from Oracle Arena, site of the Warriors 2010 Draft Party. The event begins at 4:30 p.m., but doors open at 3:30 p.m. so fans are encouraged to get there early. For those who are on the fence about attending tomorrow’s event, here are a few reasons that you should be there. Admission and parking are free. You’ll be surrounded by fellow Warriors fans. You’ll be able to take part in a Q&A with the Warriors’ draft pick. Raffle prizes and kids games will also be available. If that’s not enough, the Draft Party will provide the first chance to wear merchandise featuring the new Warriors logo. Register for the Draft Party (IT’S FREE!!!) by clicking here.

Perhaps on your way home from the Draft Party, you can listen to a special edition of the Warriors Weekly Radio Show. Tim Roye will host the show and he’ll interview Riley, the Warriors’ draft pick, take questions from fans and provide plenty of analysis. The show begins at 9 p.m. on KNBR 680, so be sure to tune in.

That’s all for now, but we’ll be back tomorrow with a full day of draft coverage. Until then …

Wednesday, June 23 (3:14 p.m.)
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Let The Countdown Begin

Anticipation builds each time Commissioner Stern steps up to the podium at the NBA Draft. (photo: Getty Images)

The NBA Draft is just a day away and there is a buzz going through the NBA community. It is one of my favorite times of the year, with a load of anticipation building each time Commissioner David Stern heads to the podium. Plus, it doesn’t get any better than when he says, “We have a trade.”

Don’t forget on Thursday at 9 p.m., it's the draft night edition of the Warriors Weekly Radio Show. We’ll have a look back at the Draft, conversations with General Manager Larry Riley and the Warriors draft pick, questions and comments from you, the fans, and of course plenty of analysis.

Speaking of analysis, I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing several draft experts over the last few weeks, and today I spoke once again with Chris Monter of CollegeBasketballNews.com and the Monter Draft News for a last-minute update on this deep draft. Access that interview in the audio player below.

Chris Monter Interview - 6/23/10

Listen to all of my other draft interviews on the Warriors Draft Multimedia page, and continue to send me your questions as they relate to the draft and/or the Warriors, and I will do my best to respond to you in a timely manner. Also, be sure to listen to listen to this interview with Assistant Coach Keith Smart, which was recorded Tuesday on KNBR during my colleague’s –Bob Fitzgerald – show on KNBR.

Keith Smart On KNBR - 6/22/10

On Tuesday, the Warriors acquired veterans Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzuric from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for forward Corey Maggette and the 44th pick in Thursdays’ draft (acquired in a trade with Portland). In Bell, the Warriors get a good defensive guard who can score as well. He came off the bench with Brandon Jennings running the point, but he can still be a game changer. Gadzuric gives the Warriors a rebounding five and I always like having three centers on the roster, which will come in handy when you play the really big teams like the Los Angeles Lakers. Maggette was a very good scorer who had some great games for the Warriors, but this move balances the roster and makes sense financially. It will help both teams in my opinion.


Manute Bol spent three of his 10 NBA seasons with the Warriors. (photo: Getty Images)

It was sad to hear of the passing of former Warrior Manute Bol.

Bol, a lithe 7-7 shot-blocker from Sudan who spent 10 seasons in the NBA and was dedicated to humanitarian work in Africa, died on Saturday at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, where he was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition. He was 47.

Bol played in the NBA with Washington, Philadelphia and Miami, as well as the Warriors – averaging 2.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks for his career. He led the league in blocks in 1985-86 with Washington (5.0 per game) and in 1988-89 with Golden State (4.3 a game).

After the NBA, Bol worked closely as an advisory board member of Sudan Sunrise, which promotes reconciliation in Sudan. He spent his money and his energy on trying to solve the internal strife that has plagued his native land.

My favorite Manute story occurred on one night in Portland. As he put on a shot-blocking display, he allegedly turned to the Blazers bench and reportedly asked, “What’s the matter, you guys don’t have cable?” implying that they had not seen him play.

Another classic Manute moment came on February 2, 1990, when he set the all-time Warriors record for shots blocked in a game with13 against the New Jersey Nets:

Manute Bol Blocks 13 Shots - 2/2/90

What does the Maggette trade do to the Warriors draft prospects?
Vin in San Jose

I don’t think it changes the Warriors draft per se, as you still want to pick the best player available regardless of position. However, Gadzuric does give the assurance of depth at the five spot and Bell gives them another guard so you can make the case that General Manager Larry Riley has lots of pieces that he can use for a possible draft-day deal, if the right one appears. Thanks for the e-mail.

Continue to fire way on your questions for me and I’ll put them right up here in the Journal.




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