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IKECHUKWU SOMTOCHUKWU "IKE" DIOGU (born September 11, 1983) is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player who last played for the Jiangsu Monkey King of the Chinese Basketball
Basketball
Association (CBA).

CONTENTS

* 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
Garland, Texas
. Ike attended Austin Academy, then enrolled at Garland High School
Garland High School
. Diogu is a member of the Igbo ethnic group .

COLLEGE CAREER

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.

Diogu attended Arizona State University
Arizona State University
, where he excelled on the team under head coach Rob Evans . He garnered several honors, both in the 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.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

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
Larry Bird
called the "gem" of the deal, was traded to the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
along with teammates Mike Dunleavy, Jr. , Troy Murphy
Troy Murphy
, and Keith McLeod for Stephen Jackson
Stephen Jackson
, Al Harrington
Al Harrington
, Šarūnas Jasikevičius
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
Josh McRoberts
and the draft rights to Brandon Rush
Brandon Rush
to the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
.

Diogu was traded to the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
for the Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls
' Michael Ruffin
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
Detroit Pistons
on September 27, 2010, becoming a member of their preseason roster. On October 20, 2010, Diogu was waived by the Pistons.

The 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.

During the 2012 CBA Playoffs , the Xinjiang Flying Tigers
Xinjiang Flying Tigers
signed Diogu for the rest of the 2012 CBA Playoffs . Diogu was a replacement for Gani Lawal
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
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
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
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 the 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

LEGEND

GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game

FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw
Free throw
percentage

RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game

BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game BOLD Career high

REGULAR SEASON

YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG

2005–06 Golden State 69 14 14.9 .524 .000 .810 3.3 .4 .2 .4 7.0

2006–07 Golden State 17 0 13.1 .530 .000 .795 3.7 .3 .2 .6 7.2

2006–07 Indiana 42 2 12.8 .454 .000 .802 3.3 .5 .1 .4 5.8

2007–08 Indiana 30 1 10.2 .478 .000 .851 2.8 .3 .2 .1 5.6

2008–09 Portland 19 0 3.8 .316 .000 .750 .9 .0 .1 .1 1.4

2008–09 Sacramento 10 1 14.2 .600 .500 .758 3.9 .3 .2 .1 9.2

2010–11 L.A. Clippers 36 0 13.1 .561 .000 .661 3.2 .1 .1 .1 5.8

2011–12 San Antonio 2 0 7.0 .000 .000 1.000 .5 .0 .0 .0 1.0

Career 225 18 12.4 .509 .500 .786 3.1 .3 .2 .3 6.0

SEE ALSO

* History of Nigerian Americans in Dallas–Fort Worth

REFERENCES

* ^ Kirkpatrick, Curry. "Plenty to like about Ike". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 2009-01-25. * ^ " Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu
Stats, Video, Bio, Profile NBA.com". nba.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26. * ^ 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". NBA.com
NBA.com
. 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 2014-01-26. * ^ 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, Chris Douglas-Roberts * ^ 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
Ike Diogu
Named 2014 NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year * ^ Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu
joins Leones de Ponce * ^ Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu
signs with DongGuan with NBA out * ^ Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu
to sign with Guangdong Southern Tigers * ^ Ike Diogu