April 13, 2010
WACO, Texas - Baylor men's basketball junior power forward Ekpe Udoh announced Tuesday that he will declare for the 2010 NBA Draft, but will not immediately hire an agent.
Udoh, who established Baylor and Big 12 Conference single-season blocked shots records with 133 rejections this season, was named to the NCAA South Regional All-Tournament team after averaging 13.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in Houston. The 2010 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and second-team All-Big 12 selection averaged 13.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.7 blocks and 2.7 assists in 36 games.
He became the first Baylor player in the Big 12 era named newcomer of the year and only the third player in program history to garner top newcomer honors - Terry Teagle (1979) and Jerome Lambert (1994) were both named Southwest Conference Newcomer of the Year.
Nicknamed "The Nightmare", his 3.69 blocks-per-game average ranks first all-time on Baylor's career list and second on the single-season chart. The Edmond, Okla., native posted a team-best 16 double-doubles, while establishing career-best single-game and single-season marks in points, rebounding, assists and blocked shots.
Udoh's 351 rebounds ranked fourth on Baylor's single-season rebounding list.
He tallied six 20-point games, including a career-high 25 against Texas (March 11, 2010) in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Phillips 66 Men's Basketball Championship in Kansas City. Udoh also posted 20 10-rebound games, 13 five-block games and 21 three-assist games.
Ekpe Udoh SEASON HONORS
All-American, third team (Yahoo! Sports)
All-American, fourth team (FOXSports.com)
All-American, honorable mention (AP)
USBWA All-District VII
NABC All-District 8, second team
NCAA All-Tournament Team, South Regional
All-Big 12, first team (Austin American-Statesman, Columbia [Mo.] Tribune, Waco Tribune-Herald)
All-Big 12, second team (AP, Big 12 media, coaches, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express-News, Sporting News, The Oklahoman, Yahoo! Sports)
Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (Austin American-Statesman, Big 12 media, coaches, Columbia [Mo.] Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express-News, Waco Tribune-Herald, Yahoo! Sports)
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sporting News)
Big 12 All-Defense (Big 12 media, coaches, The Oklahoman)
Big 12 All-Rookie (coaches)
Big 12 All-Newcomer (Big 12 media, The Oklahoman)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week (Nov. 30)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Co-Rookie of the Week (Jan. 4)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (Jan. 11)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week (Feb. 15)
Ekpe Udoh CAREER HIGHS
Points: 25 vs. Texas (3/11/10)
Rebounds: 20 at South Carolina (1/2/10)
Assists: 7 vs. Jackson State (12/15/09)
Blocks: 10 vs. Morgan State (1/6/10)
Steals: 4, twice
Field Goals Made: 9, five times
Field Goals Attempted: 16, twice
3FG Made: 1, several times
3FG Attempted: 1, several times
Free Throws Made: 13 vs. UMass (1/23/10)
Free Throws Attempted: 14 vs. UMass (1/23/10)
Minutes Played: 42 vs. Iona (11/27/09)