Thursday , Jul , 07 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Lottery pick Diogu locked up by Warriors

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – The Golden State Warriors signed first-round
draft pick Ike Diogu on Thursday. Terms of the deal were not released by the
team.

Diogu, an early-entry candidate from Arizona State, was selected by the
Warriors with the ninth overall pick in last week’s draft. He was named Pac-10
Player of the Year last season as a junior after leading the conference with
averages of 22.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.34 blocked shots.

The 21-year-old’s stellar season also garnered him consensus Second Team All-
America honors — the first basketball player in ASU history to be so
honored.

Diogu also led the Pac-10 in scoring as a sophomore, making him the first
player to pace the conference in scoring in consecutive years since Oregon’s
Stan Love did it from 1969-71.

As a 6-foot-8 forward with the Sun Devils, Diogu scored in double figures in
all 91 games of his collegiate career. He is considered a solid rebounder and
free-throw shooter, with improvement needed at the defensive end.

GSW