Ikechukwu Somtochukwu Diogu, better known as Ike Diogu, is a professional American basketball player, of Nigerian descent. A power forward who can also play as a center, Diogu was born to Nigerian parents in Buffalo, New York, and then moved to Garland, Texas where he went to the Garland High School.
Diogu was always considered smaller than the average power forward, standing at 6’9”. However, he was known for his muscle and incredible 7’4” wingspan. Diogu followed up high school by enrolling at the Arizona State University.
In his freshman year, Diogu won the Pacific-10 Conference Freshman of the Year award as well as the Player of the Year for his junior season at UCLA. After his third season at UCLA, Diogu decided to declared for the NBA Draft and was picked at 9th overall, by the Golden State Warriors, in the 2005 NBA Draft.
Diogu’s rookie season was highly anticipated, however things didn’t turn out as well as they could after Diogu only managed 14 starts in 69 appearances, scoring at 7 points per game. The followed season, he was only able to play 17 games at 7.2 points per game. That was to be his last action in a Warriors’ jersey as they franchise decided to trade him out to the Indiana Pacers in January, 2007.
Diogu was never a permanent fixture at Indiana, playing 42 games in his first season and 30 in his second. On draft night in 2008, Diogu was traded out to the Portland Trail Blazers where he played just 19 games over a single season.