Birth date 11 Sep 1983 (36 years)
Nationality United States United States
Team history
Portland Trail Blazers 2005 - present

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.

Moving to the Sacramento Kings for the second half of the 2008-09, Diogu just played 10 more games although his shooting went up to 9.2 points per game, from his 1.4 at Portland. At the end of the 2008-09 season, Diogu was traded out to the New Orleans Hornets in a deal whose details weren’t revealed.

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