Date of birth : 1983-09-11
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Buffalo, New York
Nationality : Nigerian-American
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2011-03-25
Ike Diogu is an Nigerian American professional basketball player who is currently playing for the Los Angeles Clippers.
He scored 10+ points in each of the first three games of the season and averaged 13.7 ppg on 16-28 FGS (.571) and 9-9 FTS...in those first three games, he also had 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot in an average of 23.7 minutes a game...starting on opening night for the injured Jermaine O'Neal (hyperextended knee), he scored 13 points with three rebounds in 22+ minutes vs. Washington. he has started three games in his Indiana career and two of them have been against the Wizards...he led the Indiana bench with a season-high 16 points and six rebounds in the Pacers' win vs. Miami, 11/2. he added an assist, a steal and a blocked shot in 26 minutes against the Heat...his seven field goals made vs. Miami tied his career-high...following a 12-point outing in the game at Memphis, 11/3, he missed the next 23 games--20 on the inactive list with a torn right calf muscle and three DNP-CDs...in his first game back from the injury, he scored 10 points and shot 4-6 from the floor and 2-4 FTS at Minnesota, 12/21...it would be nearly two months before he would score in double figures again and he did so just two more times the rest of the season...including 6-6 FTS and 4-8 FGS, he scored 14 points at Detroit, 2/13...he matched his season-high with 16 points on 6-8 FGS and 4-4 FTS at New Jersey, 3/26...After missing the second of two free throws vs. Atlanta, 1/4, he connected on 19 straight free throws until missing the second of two in the final three minutes vs. Miami, 3/31...prior to that game with the Hawks, he had shot just 10-16 FTS (.625) in his first eight appearances after the injury...collecting 10+ rebounds for just the third time in his 71 games for the Pacers, he narrowly missed registering a double-double with 10 boards and nine points at Detroit, 12/28...his 10 rebounds against the Pistons featured a season-high six offensive boards and that matched his total of offensive rebounds in his first six appearances of the season...for the season, he averaged 2.8 rpg and had at least four boards seven times...he had at least one offensive rebound in 20 games, including 11 of his last 16 appearances...he had three or more offensive rebounds four times, including five at New Jersey, 3/26, six at Detroit, 12/28, three vs. the Hawks, 1/4, and three at Philadelphia, 1/21...he had nine assists this season, including two each in three games at Memphis, 11/3, at Philadelphia, 1/21, and at New Jersey, 3/26...grabbing more than one steal for the first time in a Pacers' uniform, he had a career-best three at Atlanta, 12/26...for the season, he had a total of seven steals.
He started the season by making appearances in four of the Golden State Warriors’ first five games...in those four outings, he averaged 5.8 rpg, 9.0 ppg and 19.8 mpg--all off the bench...he spent the next 19 games on the sidelines, 17 on the inactive list with a sprained left ankle and two due to coaching decisions...he then saw action in 13 of the next 15 games, before being dealt to Indiana...in those 13 games, he averaged 3.1 rpg and 6.7 rpg...in 42 appearances for Indiana, he averaged 5.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 12.8 mpg...he scored in double figures nine times for the Pacers, including the last two in a row...in the Pacers’ final road game of the season, at Atlanta, 4/17, he came off the bench to lead the team with 20 points on 7-12 FGS and 6-7 FTS...he added a bench-high seven rebounds, an assist, a steal and a blocked shot against the Hawks...he had two games with 10+ rebounds and notched one double-double...in the Pacers’ win vs. the San Antonio Spurs, 4/1, he scored 18 points and snared a career-high 13 rebounds for his only double-double of the season...in that game, he had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the second half of the Pacers’ come-from-behind win...his 13 rebounds vs. San Antonio featured a career-high eight offensive boards, the most by any Pacers’ player for the season other than Jeff Foster...after having just 21 offensive boards in 17 games for Golden State, he averaged 1.3 orpg for the Pacers...he had at least three offensive rebounds five times and in three of those he had five or more...in his only other game for the season with double-digit rebounds, he had 10 vs. Seattle, 2/7...against the Sonics, he had seven offensive boards...after shooting 53.0 percent (44-83) from the floor as a member of the Warriors, he connected on 83-183 (.454) FGS in 42 games for the Pacers...he started his Pacers’ career by shooting 31-34 FTS (.912), including his first 15 in a row...he finished the season as one of three Pacers’ players to shoot 80+ percent from the foul line (.802)...including 20 of his 42 games with the Pacers, he had 25 assists for the season and that was four short of his total in 69 games for the Warriors as a rookie (2005-06)...he matched a career-high with three assists in the Pacers’ win at Milwaukee, 4/11...after grabbing one steal in the Warriors’ season-opener against the Lakers, 11/1, he went 14 straight games without a theft...he then had one in each of his final two games for Golden State...he totaled five steals for the Pacers, including one in consecutive games at Utah, 3/7, and vs. Philadelphia, 3/10...he had a total of 26 blocked shots for the season, including four games with two rejections apiece...those four multi-blocked shot games were split evenly between the Warriors and the Pacers.
An early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft, he averaged 21.4 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.2 apg and 1.68 bpg in 35.1 mpg contest over 91 career games (all starts) in three seasons at Arizona State...he shot 57.1 percent (617-1080) from the field, 38.7 percent (41-106) from 3-pt range and 78.6 percent (671-854) from the free throw line during his collegiate career...he was named Pac-10 Player of the Year as a junior and earned Consensus Second Team All-America honors, becoming the first player in Arizona State history to earn that distinction...he earned First Team All-Pac-10 honors all three seasons...he led the conference in scoring in both his sophomore (22.8 ppg) and junior seasons (22.6 ppg), becoming the first Pac-10 player to lead the conference in scoring in consecutive years since Stan Love of Oregon did so from 1969-71...he scored in double figures in all 91 collegiate games played, surpassing the 30-point mark 11 times and the 20-point mark 50 times...had he returned for his senior season, he was on pace to eclipse the all-time NCAA record for career double-figure scoring efforts (115 by LaSalle’s Lionel Simmons from 1987-90)...he posted 30 career double-doubles, including 16 20-point/10-rebound efforts and five 30/10 performances...he left school ranked second in league history in career free throws made (671) and attempted (854)...he was a member of the USA Basketball team that competed in the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
- Full name is Ikechukwu Somtochukwu Diogu
- Father, Dr. Edward Diogu, and mother, Jane, are originally from Nigeria and are both teachers
- Was very active in Warriors community outreach programs during his rookie season
- Attended several season ticket holder and corporate sponsor functions
- Participated in several Warriors Read To Achieve events, including the unveiling of a new Reading & Learning Center at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in San Leandro
- Was a coach during the NBA Entertainment League Celebrity Charity Game and had lunch with a group of season ticket holders at the team’s practice facility as part of Fan Appreciation Month
- Assisted with a Habitat For Humanity home building in Livermore, California and presented five families with keys to new homes during an on-court presentation
- Majored in digital art and is returning to Arizona State during the off-season to take classes and continue pursuing his degree
- Worked on video game animation and has a tremendous interest in the video game industry
- Did not begin playing basketball until the seventh grade
- Was a Class 5A First-Team All-State pick as a senior and was named the area’s Most Valuable Player at Garland High School (Garland, TX)
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