Ekpe Udoh

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Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh March 2012.jpg
Udoh with the Bucks in 2012.
No. 33 – Utah Jazz
Position Center / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1987-05-20) May 20, 1987 (age 30)
Edmond, Oklahoma
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school Edmond Santa Fe
(Edmond, Oklahoma)
College
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career 2010–present
Career history
20102012 Golden State Warriors
2011 Bnei Herzliya
20122014 Milwaukee Bucks
2014–2015 Los Angeles Clippers
2015–2017 Fenerbahçe
2017–present Utah Jazz
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Ekpedeme Friday "Ekpe" Udoh (/ɛˈp ˈjd/ e-PAY YOO-doh;[1] born May 20, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played high school basketball for Edmond Santa Fe High School, college basketball for Baylor University and was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft.

With a 7'4 12" wingspan, Udoh was the Big 12 Conference's leading shot blocker during the 2009–10 season.[2][3] He led the conference in his only season at Baylor, after transferring from Michigan where, as a sophomore, he led the Big Ten Conference in blocked shots with 2.9 in 2007–08.[4] A two−time All-EuroLeague Team selection, Udoh led Fenerbahçe to a EuroLeague title in 2017, earning the EuroLeague Final Four MVP award in the process.

College career

Udoh played three seasons of college basketball, two at Michigan and one at Baylor, averaging 8.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.8 blocks per game in 103 career games. In 2009–10, Udoh earned honorable mention All-American honors by the Associated Press, as well as being named to the All-Big 12 second team, Big 12 All-Defensive team, Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, Big 12 All-Rookie team, USBWA All-District VII team and NABC Division I All-District 8 second team.[4]

On April 13, 2010, he declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.[5]

Professional career

Udoh was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. Because of a wrist injury,[6] Udoh did not make his NBA debut until December 11, 2010 against the Miami Heat in the final three minutes of the game, scoring two points.

On November 21, 2011, Udoh signed with Bnei Herzliya of Israel for the duration of the NBA lockout.[7] In December 2011, he returned to the Warriors after managing just one game for Bnei where he recorded 22 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocks.

On March 13, 2012, Udoh, along with Monta Ellis and Kwame Brown, was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.[8]

On September 3, 2014, Udoh signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.[9] Throughout the season, he appeared in 33 games, failing to secure larger playing time and role.

On July 28, 2015, Udoh signed a one-year deal with the Turkish club Fenerbahçe.[10] In his first season with the team, Udoh already had a starting role, being one of the team's leaders. Fenerbahçe won the Turkish Cup, with 67–65 win over Darüşşafaka. Fenerbahçe also reached the final game of the 2016 EuroLeague Final Four, but fell short of winning the EuroLeague championship, after an overtime 96–101 loss to CSKA Moscow.[11] Over 27 EuroLeague games, he averaged 12.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. At the end of the season, Fenerbahçe also won the Tukish League championship.

On July 11, 2016, Udoh re-signed with Fenerbahçe, on a 1+1 contract.[12] In the 2016–17 season, Udoh won the EuroLeague championship with Fenerbahçe.[13] He was named the EuroLeague Final Four MVP, after his performance in the Final Four.[14] On July 14, 2017, he parted ways with Fenerbahçe in order to return to the NBA.[15]

On July 21, 2017, Udoh signed with the Utah Jazz.[16]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

Denotes season in which Udoh's team won the EuroLeague

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Golden State 58 18 17.8 .437 .000 .656 3.1 .7 .4 1.5 4.1
2011–12 Golden State 38 6 21.8 .443 .000 .719 3.9 .8 .7 1.7 5.5
2011–12 Milwaukee 23 5 20.1 .409 .000 .800 4.7 1.1 .7 1.6 5.7
2012–13 Milwaukee 76 9 17.3 .435 .000 .748 3.3 .6 .5 1.1 4.3
2013–14 Milwaukee 42 14 19.1 .399 .000 .638 3.5 .7 .4 1.0 3.4
2014–15 L.A. Clippers 33 0 3.9 .458 .000 .778 .8 .2 .2 .2 .9
Career 270 52 16.9 .429 .000 .720 3.2 .7 .5 1.2 4.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Milwaukee 4 0 13.5 .444 .000 .000 1.5 .3 .5 .5 2.0
Career 4 0 13.5 .444 .000 .000 1.5 .3 .5 .5 2.0

EuroLeague

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2015–16 Fenerbahçe 27 24 27.8 .555 .000 .768 5.1 1.3 .7 2.3 12.6 16.0
2016–17 31 22 32.0 .584 .000 .644 7.8 2.2 1.0 2.2 12.1 20.7
Career 58 46 30.0 .570 .000 .700 6.5 1.8 .9 2.2 12.3 18.5

Individual awards

EuroLeague Final Four MVP

EuroLeague MVP of the Month

EuroLeague Weekly MVPs

  • EuroLeague 2015–16 – Playoffs, Game 2, with 25 PIR[19]
  • EuroLeague 2015–16 – Playoffs, Game 3, with 33 PIR[20]
  • EuroLeague 2016–17 – Regular Season, Round 4, with 31 PIR[21]

Personal life

Udoh is the son of Nigerian parents, Alice and Sam Udoh,[4] and he has one older brother, Eddie, and two younger sisters, Esther and Sefon.[22]

References

  1. ^ A fresh transfusion of talent
  2. ^ DraftExpressProfile: Ekpe Udoh, Stats, Comparisons, and Outlook
  3. ^ Udoh's next choice: Baylor or NBA?
  4. ^ a b c Ekpe Udoh Bio
  5. ^ Baylor F Udoh declares for NBA draft
  6. ^ "Udoh out 6 months following surgery". ESPN.com. July 14, 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2010. 
  7. ^ Ekpe Udoh signs in Israel with Bnei Hasharon
  8. ^ "Bucks Acquire Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown from Warriors". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Clippers Sign Chris Douglas-Roberts and Ekpe Udoh". NBA.com. September 3, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Fenerbahce adds size with Udoh". Euroleague.net. July 28, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ "CSKA Moscow claims its seventh Euroleague crown after OT thriller". euroleague.net. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "EKPE UDOH İLE ANLAŞMAYA VARILDI". Fenerbahce.org (in Turkish). July 11, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Fenerbahçe Istanbul is EuroLeague champion!". Euroleague.net. 2017-05-22. Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  14. ^ "Udoh caps historic Final Four with MVP award". Euroleague.net. 2017-05-22. Retrieved 2017-05-22. 
  15. ^ "TEŞEKKÜRLER EKPE UDOH". Fenerbahce.org (in Turkish). July 14, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Jazz Sign Ekpe Udoh". NBA.com. July 21, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Udoh caps historic Final Four with MVP award". EuroLeague.net. 21 May 2017. 
  18. ^ MVP for April: Ekpe Udoh, Fenerbahçe Istanbul
  19. ^ Playoffs, Game 2 co-MVPs: Kyle Hines and Ekpe Udoh
  20. ^ Playoffs Game 3 MVP: Ekpe Udoh, Fenerbahçe Istanbul
  21. ^ Regular Season Round 4 MVP: Ekpe Udoh, Fenerbahce Istanbul
  22. ^ Roster: Ekpe Udoh

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
  • Ekpe Udoh Baylor profile
  • Ekpe Udoh at euroleague.net
  • Ekpe Udoh on Facebook
  • Ekpe Udoh on Twitter
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