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Ikechukwu Somtochukwu "Ike" Diogu (born September 11, 1983) is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player for the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association
Chinese 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[edit] Diogu's parents, natives of Nigeria, moved to the U.S. in 1980 to pursue further education. They later moved from Buffalo, New York, where he was born, to Garland, Texas. Ike attended Austin Academy, then enrolled at Garland High School. Diogu is a member of the Igbo ethnic group.[1] College career[edit] 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.[2] Diogu attended Arizona State University, where he excelled on the team under head coach Rob Evans. He garnered several honors, both in the Pac-10 Conference
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[edit] Diogu was selected 9th overall in the first round of the 2005 NBA draft by the 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.[3] 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, and Keith McLeod for Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, and Josh Powell.[4] 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. Diogu was traded to the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
for the Chicago Bulls' Michael Ruffin
Michael Ruffin
on February 18, 2009.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] On October 1, 2012, Diogu signed with the Phoenix Suns.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] However, he was waived on October 25.[12] On December 12, 2013, he was acquired by the Bakersfield Jam.[13] On February 3, 2014, Diogu was named to the Prospects All-Star roster for the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game.[14] On April 25, 2014, he was named the 2014 NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year.[15] On April 29, 2014, Diogu re-joined the Leones de Ponce of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional.[16] 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
Dongguan Leopards
of China for the 2014–15 CBA season.[17] In October 2015, Diogu signed with Guangdong Southern Tigers
Guangdong Southern Tigers
for the 2015–16 CBA season.[18] In November 2016, Diogu signed with the Jiangsu Monkey King
Jiangsu Monkey King
for the purpose of replacing DeJuan Blair.[19] In January 2018, Diogu signed with the Sichuan Blue Whales
Sichuan Blue Whales
for the purpose of replacing Jamaal Franklin.[20] Nigerian national team[edit] Diogu has played with the senior men's Nigerian national basketball team. He is an Olympian as he has competed at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games and the 2016 Summer Olympics games. He was also named MVP of the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket tournament after averaging 22pts,8.7 rebounds.[21] NBA career statistics[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

History of Nigerian Americans in Dallas–Fort Worth

References[edit]

^ 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. Archived from the original on November 8, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2014.  ^ 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. 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
Ike Diogu
Archived December 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. ^ 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 Archived April 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. ^ 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
Ike Diogu
agreed to a deal with Jiangsu Tongxi ^ Carchia, E. (January 2, 2018). "Sichuan Whales replace Jamaal Franklin with Ike Diogu". Sportando.com.  ^ [1]

External links[edit]

Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu
on Instagram

Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com Eurobasket.com Profile Arizona State bio

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