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Ekpe Udoh
Round 1, Pick 6
Position: PF
Class: Senior
School: Baylor
Conference: Big 12
HT: 6'10"
WT: 240
Biography: Udoh is bypassing his senior season at Baylor to enter the NBA draft, and some projections have him as a possible lottery pick. He provided the Bears with a tough post presence, helping them advance to an NCAA regional final. Udoh had 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five blocks in a 78-71 loss to eventual national champion Duke. Nicknamed 'Nightmare', Udoh averaged 13.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest this past season, his first with Baylor. His long, lean frame helped him set a Big 12 record with 133 blocked shots. Udoh played two seasons at Michigan before transferring. He averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 67 games with the Wolverines, left a year after coach Tommy Amaker departed, and had to sit out the 2008-09 season, using that time to work on his offensive repertoire. Though he remains raw, and lacks a go-to move, Udoh has developed nice touch on short- and mid-range jumpers. A strong transition player, Udoh runs the floor very well for a player his size. He puts his athleticism to good use as a defender, displaying enough agility to stay in front of guards on pick-and-roll switches. Inside, he makes it tough for opposing guards to drive to the basket. Udoh exhibits excellent timing as a shot-blocker, rarely taking poor angles. However, he would benefit by adding weight and strength.

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2009 Statistics
PPG FG% RPG APG FT%
13.9 49.0 9.8 2.7 68.5
 
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