In 2010, Ekpe Udoh was drafted as the sixth pick in the NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors, the highest pick in Baylor history. Now, after a year away from the NBA playing for the Turkish club Fenerbahçe Istanbul, Shams Charania of the Vertical reports Udoh is deciding between six NBA offers and two dominant Euroleague teams: Fenerbahçe Istanbul and CSKA Moscow.
Last season, Udoh helped lead Fenerbahçe to a Turkish league title with an average of 12.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. He also set the Euroleague’s single-season record for the most blocked shots. Udoh told Charania he thinks there’s a place for someone with his skill set in the NBA.
“I can see myself fitting back today. I have lowered my weight to 240, so I’m even more mobile. I protect the rim, get out in transition and I’m able to play with any team and guard one through five. That was a big focal point around the NBA this past season, finishing off the pick-and-roll or hitting the open man. I can fit back in the NBA with whatever decision that I make.”
Prior to his year in Turkey, Udoh played six seasons in the NBA: two with the Warriors, three with the Milwaukee Bucks and one season with the Los Angeles Clippers. He was hindered with injuries right away. Idaho didn’t get to make his NBA debut with the Warriors until December 2010 due to a wrist injury and later suffered a knee injury and ankle problems that forced him to miss 40 games during his last season with the Bucks. In his last season in the NBA with the Clippers, Udoh mostly stayed on the bench, playing a total of 128 minutes all season. Udoh told Charania this season with Fenerbahçe was essential to his development.
“Spending this season with Fenerbahce was critical. After the previous two years in the NBA, it was difficult to go through injuries and not receiving the chance to play my game. Fenerbahce allowed me to be aggressive, and I got to play for a great coach in [Zeljko] Obradovic. I got to play a lot of minutes and keep my body in shape. That was the best thing for my career, bringing back the love and understanding how hard I need to work to be in elite shape.”
Udoh said he has set a timeframe for his decision, so we should be hearing where he will end up in the near future.
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