IKECHUKWU SOMTOCHUKWU "IKE" DIOGU (born September 11, 1983) is a
Nigerian-American professional basketball player who last played for
Jiangsu Monkey King of the Chinese
Basketball Association (CBA).
* 1 Family and early life
* 2 College career
* 3 Professional career
* 4 Nigerian national team
* 5 NBA career statistics
* 5.1 Regular season
* 6 See also
* 7 References
* 8 External links
FAMILY AND EARLY LIFE
Diogu's parents, natives of Nigeria, moved to the U.S. in 1980 to
pursue further education. They later moved from
Buffalo, New York
Buffalo, New York ,
where he was born, to
Garland, Texas . Ike attended Austin Academy,
then enrolled at
Garland High School
Garland High School . Diogu is a member of the Igbo
ethnic group .
Diogu stands at 6 foot 9 inches (2.06 m) tall which is considered
slightly undersized for an NBA power forward , but he makes up for his
lack of height with his muscle, girth and 7'4" wingspan.
Arizona State University
Arizona State University , where he excelled on the
team under head coach
Rob Evans . He garnered several honors, both in
Pac-10 Conference and nationally. He won Pac-10 Freshman of the
Year , and then Pac-10 Player of the Year in his final season with
ASU, as a Junior. Many in the public speculated that Diogu would enter
the draft after playing for his third season with Arizona State. On
June 21, 2005, he made the decision to enter the NBA draft.
Diogu was selected 9th overall in the first round of the 2005 NBA
draft by the
Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors . On December 23, 2005, he recorded
a professional career-best 27 points on 13–15 shooting, surpassing
his previous best by 12 points.
On January 17, 2007, Diogu, whom
Larry Bird called the "gem" of the
deal, was traded to the
Indiana Pacers along with teammates Mike
Dunleavy, Jr. ,
Troy Murphy , and
Keith McLeod for
Stephen Jackson ,
Al Harrington ,
Šarūnas Jasikevičius , and
Josh Powell .
On June 26, 2008 (draft night ), Diogu was traded by Indiana to the
Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers along with the draft rights to Jerryd Bayless
in exchange for
Jarrett Jack ,
Josh McRoberts and the draft rights to
Brandon Rush to the
Indiana Pacers .
Diogu was traded to the
Sacramento Kings for the
Chicago Bulls '
Michael Ruffin on February 18, 2009.
Diogu signed with the
New Orleans Hornets
New Orleans Hornets on July 29, 2009, but never
appeared in a game for the team.
He signed with the
Detroit Pistons on September 27, 2010, becoming a
member of their preseason roster. On October 20, 2010, Diogu was
waived by the Pistons.
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers signed Diogu as a free agent on December 22,
2010. On February 8, 2011, Diogu scored a season-high 18 points
against the Orlando Magic.
Diogu joined the
San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs on January 3, 2012. One week
later, the Spurs waived him.
2012 CBA Playoffs , the
Xinjiang Flying Tigers
Xinjiang Flying Tigers signed
Diogu for the rest of the
2012 CBA Playoffs . Diogu was a replacement
Gani Lawal during this time. He later signed with Capitanes de
Arecibo of the
Baloncesto Superior Nacional .
On October 1, 2012, Diogu signed with the
Phoenix Suns . He was then
waived on October 24, 2012.
In the fall of 2012, Diogu signed with the Guangdong Southern Tigers
of the Chinese
Basketball Association . After the season in China, he
joined the Leones de Ponce in Puerto Rico.
On September 27, 2013, Diogu signed with the
New York Knicks
New York Knicks .
However, he was waived on October 25.
On December 12, 2013, he was acquired by the
Bakersfield Jam .
On February 3, 2014, Diogu was named to the Prospects All-Star roster
for the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game. On April 25, 2014, he was
named the 2014 NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year.
On April 29, 2014, Diogu re-joined the Leones de Ponce of the
Baloncesto Superior Nacional . This year Diogu helped the Lions to
win the championship over the Capitanes of Arecibo.
On July 5, 2014, Diogu signed with the
Dongguan Leopards of China for
2014–15 CBA season
2014–15 CBA season .
In October 2015, Diogu signed with
Guangdong Southern Tigers for the
2015–16 CBA season .
In November 2016, Diogu signed with the
Jiangsu Monkey King for the
purpose of replacing
DeJuan Blair .
NIGERIAN NATIONAL TEAM
Diogu has played with the senior men's Nigerian national basketball
team . He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games .
NBA CAREER STATISTICS
Minutes per game
Field goal percentage
3-point field goal percentage
Free throw percentage
Rebounds per game
Assists per game
Steals per game
Blocks per game
Points per game
History of Nigerian Americans in Dallas–Fort Worth
* ^ Kirkpatrick, Curry. "Plenty to like about Ike". ESPN Internet
Ventures. Retrieved 2009-01-25.
* ^ "
Ike Diogu Stats, Video, Bio, Profile NBA.com". nba.com.
* ^ Pistons remain hot with 12-point win over Golden State
* ^ "Pacers, Warriors announce 8-player deal". Associated Press.
January 17, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
* ^ Blazers get Ruffin from Bulls, send Diogu to Kings
* ^ "CLIPPERS SIGN FREE AGENT FORWARD IKE DIOGU".
December 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-24.
* ^ Spurs Sign Ike Diogu
* ^ "
Capitanes de Arecibo
Capitanes de Arecibo tab Ike Diogu". Sportando.com. April 7,
2012. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
* ^ "Paul Coro’s Suns blog Insiders". azcentral.com. Retrieved
* ^ Guandong Tigers add Diogu to their roster
New York Knicks
New York Knicks sign Ike Diogu
* ^ Knicks waive Ike Diogu, C.J. Leslie, Josh Powell, Jeremy Tyler,
* ^ Jam Acquire Ike Diogu
* ^ Eighth Annual NBA D-League All-Star Game Features 16 Players
With NBA Experience Archived February 7, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
* ^ Jam\'s
Ike Diogu Named 2014 NBA D-League Impact Player of the
Ike Diogu joins Leones de Ponce
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Ike Diogu to sign with Guangdong Southern Tigers