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  Ike Diogu
Ike Diogu

Player Profile
Garland, Texas

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 255




2005 Second-Team All-American; 2005 Pac-10 Player of the Year


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--Ike Diogu scores 25 points, Nigeria beats Dominican Republic for final Olympic basketball spot (Washington Post/July 8,2012)

--Nigeria uses Ike Diogu's clutch play to defeat Dominican Republican, qualify for London Olympics (AOL Sports/July 8,2012

--Ike Diogu and Nigeria close out the Dominican Republic, are London bound ( 8, 2012)

--Ike Diogu, Former Sun Devil, Leads Nigeria to Final 2012 London Olympics Basketball Spot (International Business Times/July 9,2012



WHAT TO KNOW: Arguably the most efficient player in college basketball the past three years as in 2004-2005 he became the first player in Pac-10 history to lead the league in scoring (22.6 ppg.), rebounding (9.8 rpg.) and blocks (2.34 bpg.) which led to Pac-10 Player of the Year honors. Also became the first Sun Devil to earn consensus All-American honors (second-team) in 2004-05. The first Associated Press preseason All-American in ASU history and just the 11th in Pac-10 history when he notched the honor in fall of 2003. An Associated Press Honorable Mention postseason selection twice (2002-03 and 2003-04). Possesses great hands, smarts, fundaments, solid inside moves and has shown an incredible ability to reinvent himself each game as teams throw double and triple-teams at him. His demeanor and maturity are as good as his ability to draw fouls and convert three-point plays. On 88 occasions he has been fouled while making a shot and has made the ensuing free throw 67 times. Despite facing collapsing defenses he has notched double digits in all 91 games (the best current mark in the nation) and has posted less than 15 points just 12 times. With 671 made free throws in his career, he trails only UCLA's Don MacLean (711 from 1988-92) in the Pac-10 record book. His 854 attempts is second only to Stanford's Adam Keefe (886 from 1988-92). He also is the first Pac-10 player to lead the league in scoring in back-to-back years since Stan Love of Oregon did the trick in 1969-70 and 1970-71. Finished ninth in the nation in scoring his sophomore year (22.8 ppg.) and tied for fifth in junior year (22.6 ppg.). Has 11 30-point games, 50 20-point games, 30 double-doubles and 15 other games with nine rebounds in his 91-game career. Led ASU to its first NCAA Tournament win since 1995 with a 22-point effort against Memphis in March of 2003.

ALL-AMERICAN HONORS: Ike Diogu earned consensus second-team All-American honors in 2004-2005, as he was honored as a second-team selection by the Associated Press, Sporting News, United States Basketball Writers (USBWA), the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Basketball Times. First-team consensus honors went to seniors Wayne Simien (Kansas) and Hakim Warrick (Syracuse), juniors J.J. Redick (Duke) and Dee Brown (Illinois) and sophomores Chris Paul (Wake Forest) and Andrew Bogut (Utah). Second-team honors went to Diogu, seniors Luther Head (Illinois) and Salim Stoudamire (Arizona) and juniors Sean May (North Carolina) and Deron Williams (Illinois).

IN AND OUT: Diogu's career numbers have been solid both in the Pac-10 and out. In his 91 games career, he is averaging 21.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. He is averaging 21.1 points and 8.8 rebounds in 54 regular season Pac-10 games and 21.8 points and 8.8 boards in the 37 non-conference games.

SCORING NOTES: Ike Diogu tied for fifth in the nation at 22.6 points per game in 2004-05 after averaging 22.8 points in 2003-2004, which not only led the Pac-10 but was ninth in the nation. Only one other Sun Devil has finished in the nation's top-10 in scoring, as Eddie House was fourth in 1999-2000 (23.0 ppg.). Diogu entered 2004-2005 as nation's third-leading returning scorer and was the first Pac-10 scoring leader to be back on campus the following season since Reggie Miller won the honors in 1985-86 and returned in 1986-87.

'05 Rk. Name, Team      Cl.     G       FGM     3FG     FT      PTS     PPG
1.      Keydren Clark, St. Peters       Jr.     28      230     109     152     721     25.8
2.      Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont      Sr.     31      271     9       226     777     25.1
3.      Juan Mendez, Niagara    Sr.     30      221     39      224     705     23.5
4.      Rob Monroe, Quinnipiac  Sr.     26      173     72      171     589     22.7
T5.     Bo McCalebb, New Orleans        So.     30      261     25      132     679     22.6
T5.     Ike Diogu, Arizona State        Jr.     32      229     18      248     724     22.6

PAC-10 RECORD HOLDER: Ike Diogu's 248 made free throws in his junior season broke his own Pac-10 record that he set in 2003-2004 of 243. Diogu broke the previous Pac-10 record of 237 set by Mel Counts of Oregon State in 1963-64. Here's a look at the Pac-10 free throws made record list for a single season.

1.  248     - Ike Diogu, 2004-05
2.  243     - Ike Diogu, 2003-04
3.  237     - Mel Counts, 1963-64
4. 232     - Harold Miner, 1991-92
5.  211     - Khalid Reeves, 1993-94

LOGGING THE MINUTES: Ike Diogu has led the Pac-10 in minutes per game the past two seasons. Here's a look at the Pac-10 leaders from the past two years:

PAC-10 MINUTES PER GAME, 2003-2005
1.    36.9    - Ike Diogu, Arizona State, 2003-04
2.   36.4    - Ike Diogu, Arizona State, 2004-05
3.   36.2    - Thomas Kelati, Wash. State, 2004-05
4. 35.3    - Desmon Farmer, USC, 2003-04
5. 34.7    - Chris Hernandez, Stanford, 2004-05

FREE THROWS: Ike Diogu made more free throws than any Pac-10 player attempted in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005. Here's a look at Pac-10 free throw attempts leaders from the past two seasons: Pac-10 Player, School, Season FTM-A

Ike Diogu, Arizona State, 2004-05  248-311 (.797)
Ike Diogu, Arizona State, 2003-04 243-298 (.815)
Leon Powe, California, 2003-04    125-205 (.610)
Luke Jackson, Oregon, 2003-04     163-189 (.862)
Nate Robinson, Washington, 2004-05        136-174 (.782)

MORE DIOGU: Diogu's national-best double figure scoring streak of 91 games was close to Pac-10 and NCAA-record levels. The NCAA record is 115 set by La Salle's Lionel Simmons from 1987-90, while Sean Elliott of Arizona (1985-89) scored in double digits in the final 108 games of his career. Diogu's lowest point total in his career was 10 against Morehead State the first game of his career on Nov. 22, 2003, and then he hit two free throws with 21 seconds left to reach 10 points at Oregon on Jan. 22, 2005. Two Pac-10 notables never reached 70 games, as Lew Alcindor posted double digits in 69 straight games while Don MacLean, the Pac-10's career scoring leader, had his streak stopped at 68.

JUNIOR SEASON (2004-2005): Earned second-team All-America honors and Pac-10 Player of the Year...became just the third Pac-10 player to lead the league in both scoring (22.6 ppg.) and rebounding (9.8 rpg.), joining A.C. Green of Oregon State (1984-85) and Mark McNamara of California (1981-82)...also led the league in blocks at 2.34 per game, becoming the first player since blocks became an official statistic in 1977-78 to lead the Pac-10 in all three categories...topped the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (.575), offensive boards (3.69) and minutes per game (36.38)...led the league in Pac-10 games-only stats in points (22.3), offensive rebounds (4.06) and minutes (37.78) per game and was second in rebounding with 9.2 boards per game...played 13 40-minute games on the year, including four of the final six contests...made 248 free throws breaking his own Pac-10 record of 243 set in his sophomore season...posted a Pac-10 leading 15 double-doubles and led the nation in free throws made (248) and attempted (311)...posted six 30-point games and 21 20-point games.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2003-2004): An third-team All-American in of 20 finalists for the 2003-2004 Naismith Player of the Year and one of 16 finalists for Rupp All-American honors...set school season records with 243 made free throws and 298 attempts...led ASU in scoring in 12 of the final 14 games...averaged 37.5 minutes in the final 17 games...19 points and 14 rebound at No. 22 Arizona on March 7...23 points and 12 boards at Oregon on Feb. 21...27 points and 13 rebounds vs. UCLA on Feb. 12...33 points at California on Feb. 7...12-of-12 outing at the free throw line at USC on Jan. 17 was the first time a Sun Devil was perfect in at least 12 free throws in a game since Arthur Thomas was 13-of-13 on Dec. 4, 1987, against San Diego State...31 points and 13 boards vs. California on Jan. six assists vs. fourth-ranked Stanford on Jan. 8...matched school records with 18 made free throws and 23 attempts vs. Western Michigan on Dec. 30...17 20-point games on the year, which led the league, and also averaged a league-leading 36.9 minutes per game.

2003-2004 AP PRESEASON HONOR: Ike Diogu earned Associated Press preseason All-American honors in the fall of 2003, becoming just the 11th Pac-10 player ( and first Sun Devil) to earn the honor since the preseason poll was established in 1986-87. Other Pac-10 players to earn the accolade are Sean Elliott of Arizona (1988-89), Jason Kidd of California (1993-94), Damon Stoudamire of Arizona (1994-95), Brevin Knight of Stanford (1996-97), Mike Bibby and Miles Simon of Arizona (1997-98), Loren Woods of Arizona (2000-2001), Casey Jacobsen of Stanford (2001-2002) and Luke Walton and Jason Gardner of Arizona (2002-2003).

SUMMER OF 2003 VACATION: Diogu spent summer of 2003 competing at the Pan American Games. Coached by Tom Izzo, Diogu notched 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game in five games. He shot 61.1 percent from the floor (11-of-18) and led the team with eight boards in the opening game, an 80-79 win over Argentina, as he posted 11 points in 12 minutes. Diogu, the youngest player on the 2003 team, is one of 10 Pac-10 players to compete in the Pan-American Games since 1951. Diogu roomed with 2004 NBA Lottery pick Josh Childress of Stanford, while Oregon's Luke Jackson also was on the squad.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2002-2003): Described by many as the best freshman in the nation in 2002-2003 who didn't wear an orange headband, as he earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and was the only freshman to earn All-Pac-10 honors...was one of just two freshmen (Carmelo Anthony was the other) to receive Associated Press All-America votes in 2002-2003...became just the ninth freshman to earn all-league honors since ASU joined the loop in 1978-79 (25 previous seasons) and just the fourth to earn All-Pac-10 in the previous seven seasons...first freshman since Cal's Shareef Abdur-Rahim in 1995-96 to finish in the league's top 10 in scoring and rebounding...Arizona State's third Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, joining Jamal Faulkner in 1990-91 and Byron Scott in 1979-80...had one of the best freshman seasons in Pac-10 history...averaged 19.9 points and 9.6 rebounds in the final 14 games and had 12 20-point games and seven double-doubles on the year...the only Pac-10 player who ranked in the league's top five in scoring and rebounding as he finished third in scoring (19.0 ppg.) and fifth in rebounding (7.8 rpg.)...Cal senior Joe Shipp, Oregon junior Luke Ridnour and Diogu were the only Pac-10 players who posted double digits in every game...set ASU freshman records for starts (32), points (607), field goals made (209), rebounds (249) and minutes (1,030). He set school records for free throws made (180) and attempted (245) and his 18 rebounds vs. Oregon in the Pac-10 Tournament set the ASU freshman single-game and Pac-10 Tournament mark...245 free throw attempts (7.66 per game) broke the ASU record of 234 (7.09 per game) set by Mario Bennett in 1994-95 and led the Pac-10... shot 60.8 percent from the field (209-of-344), eighth in the nation and tied for first in the Pac-10, and finished at 63.8 percent (120-of-188) in the 18 Pac-10 games, first in the league...a NABC District 15 First-Team Selection...22 points on 9-of-11 shooting vs. Memphis on March 20 in first-round NCAA Tournament win, ASU's first NCAA win since 1995...27 points and Pac-10 Tournament record 18 rebounds vs. Oregon on March 13...26 points and nine boards at No. 19 Stanford on Feb. 27...26 points vs. both USC and UCLA on Feb. 13-15 and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his efforts, just the third freshman to be named Pac-10 Player of the Week in the previous six seasons...18 points and 13 rebounds vs. No. 20 California...27 points at Oregon on Jan. 4...18 points and 10 boards in Pac-10 opener on Jan. 2 at Oregon State...18 points and nine boards vs. Purdue on Dec. 21 at Las Vegas Showdown...37 minutes vs. Utah on Nov. 27 and had 22 points, eight boards and zero turnovers...just the second ASU freshman to start in the season opener in the previous 10 years.

IKE ON PAC-10 LIST: Ike Diogu's 19.0 points per game in 2002-2003 is the third-best freshman mark in Pac-10 history. Only Shareef Abdur-Rahim (21.1 points per game in 1995-96) and Harold Miner (20.6 in 1989-90) posted better scoring numbers in their initial seasons.

Pac-10 Freshman Scoring List
Rk.   Player, School, Year    PPG
1.   Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Cal, 1995-96       21.1
2.  Harold Miner, USC, 1989-90      20.6
3.  Ike Diogu, Arizona State, 2002-03       19.0
4.  Don McLean, UCLA, 1988-89       18.6
5.  Cliff Robinson, USC, 1977-78    18.4
6.  Tom Lewis, USC, 1985-86 17.6
7.  Todd Lichti, Stanford, 1985-86  17.2
8.  Jason Kapono, UCLA, 1999-2000   16.0
9.  Sean Elliott, Arizona, 1985-86  15.6
10. Jamal Faulkner, Arizona State, 1990-91  15.4

"Diogu was not a McDonald's All-American and was ranked as the 89th-best player in his high school class. But he was the second-best freshman in the nation in 2002-2003."--Sporting News, March of 2003

ENTERING ASU: The recruitment of Diogu marked the second straight fall ASU signed a top-50 player, as he was ranked 40th by Clark Francis of the HoopScoop. Also ranked No. 21 by, #37 by Prepstars, No. 41 by CBS Sportsline (Tony Mejia) and #89 by The Sporting News (Dave Telep). His stock rose in July of 2000 at the Adidas ABCD Camp in New Jersey. Others in the Dallas area in Diogu's senior class included Lincoln High's Chris Bosh (Georgia Tech and Toronto Raptors), Deron Williams (Illinois), Bracey Wright (Indiana) and Daniel Horton (Michigan). Bosh and Horton played with Diogu on the Texas Blue Chips, an AAU team coached by Mitch Malone in the summers of 2000 and 2001. Some stated that the 2002 senior class from Dallas was the area's best since 1991, which included Greg Ostertag (Kansas), Jimmy King (Michigan) and Mario Bennett (Arizona State). Ike did not start playing basketball until the seventh grade and lists his favorite athlete as Ben Wallace.

GARLAND HIGH SCHOOL: A Class 5A first-team all-state pick by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches after leading Garland Owls to 24-10 record and regional quarterfinals...Dallas Morning News First-Team All-Area selection...District 10 5A Most Valuable Player...played in 32 games in senior year and averaged 23.0 points, 12 rebounds and 4.5 blocks...led 5A in rebounding and blocks and was second in scoring...shot 77.8 percent (285-of-366) from the floor in senior year...shot 81 percent from two-point range and was 11-of-28 (.393) from three-point stripe...made 71 percent (156-of-219) of his free throws...scored 37 points and had 17 boards in first game of senior season in a 78-66 win over Richardson Berkner High School...had 39 points and 16 boards against North Mesquite...named MVP of the 2002 Southwestern Bell Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game on July 29 as he led the North team to a 107-102 win at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston...posted 21 points and 15 rebounds in the all-star game...averaged 17 points, 12 boards and four blocks in his junior season...coached at Garland by Phil Sirois and Lance Harper...averaged six points and seven boards in sophomore year.

ETC.: Started three games at tight end for Garland when it won the Class 5A Division II football championship in 1999...full name is Ike S. Diogu...born September 11, 1983, in Buffalo, N.Y....majoring in studio art...father, Dr. Edward Diogu, and mother, Jane, are both, Eric, was a letterwinner for Tennessee in football (1997-98) and was the starting tight end on the 1998 SEC and national champion squad. The national title game was played at Sun Devil, Eddie, was on the football team at Texas.

POINTS: 39 vs. Stanford (2/3/05)
FG MADE: 16 vs. Stanford (2/3/05)
FG ATT.: 26 vs. Stanford (2/3/05)
3-PT MADE: 3 at USC (1/17/04)
3-PT ATT.: 4, twice, vs. USC (1/15/05)
FREE THROWS MADE: 18, twice, vs. Delaware St. (11/23/04)
FREE THROWS ATT.: 23 vs. Western Michigan (12/30/03)
REBOUNDS: 18 vs. Oregon (3/13/03)
ASSISTS: 6 vs. #4 Stanford (1/8/04)
BLOCKS: 7 vs. Santa Clara (12/22/04)
OFFENSIVE REBOUNDS: 9 at Temple (11/30/04)
MINUTES: 45 vs. #14 Washington (3/10/05)
Dallas Morning News 2001-2002 All-Area First Team
Name, High School      College
Chris Bosh, Lincoln      Georgia Tech
Bryan Hopkins, Lincoln      SMU
Ike Diogu, Garland   Arizona State
Daniel Horton, Cedar Hill  Michigan
Bracey Wright, The Colony       Indiana
Deron Williams, The Colony      Illinois
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