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Ike Diogu
New Orleans Hornets  – No. 1
Forward/Center
Born September 11, 1983 (1983-09-11) (age 26)
Buffalo, New York
Nationality American/ Nigerian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
League NBA
High school Garland,
Garland, Texas
College Arizona State
Draft 1st round, 9th pick, 2005
Golden State Warriors
Pro career 2005–present
Former teams Golden State Warriors (2005–07)
Indiana Pacers (2007–08)
Portland Trail Blazers (2008–09)
Sacramento Kings (2009)
Awards All-America Second Team – NCAA
Profile Info Page

Ikechukwu Somtochukwu Diogu, referred to as Ike Diogu (born September 11, 1983), is an Nigerian American professional basketball player, currently a member of the New Orleans Hornets.

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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, where he was born, to Garland, Texas and went to Austin Academy for middle school then enrolled in Garland High School. His family includes cousins Onye, Obinnaya, and Adonna Ihenacho and uncle Ugochu Ihenacho. Diogu is a member of the Igbo ethnic group.[1]

College career

Diogu stands at 6 feet (1.8 m), 9 inches (2.06 m) tall which is considered slightly undersized for an NBA power forward, but makes up for his lack of height with his muscle 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 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, he made the decision to enter the draft.

Professional career

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 called the "gem" of the deal, was dealt to the Indiana Pacers along with teammates Mike Dunleavy, Jr., Troy Murphy, and Keith McLeod for Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, Sarunas Jasikevicius, and Josh Powell.[4]

On June 26, 2008 (draft night), Diogu was traded by Indiana to the 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.[5]

Diogu signed with the New Orleans Hornets on July 29, 2009. Terms of the deal were not revealed.

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 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
Career 187 18 12.4 .501 .500 .804 3.1 .4 .2 .3 6.1

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