Thursday, June 24, 2010
First-round pick Udoh suits Warriors
By Diamond Leung
OAKLAND -- Warriors general manager Larry Riley said that aside from all of the talents of Ekpe Udoh, he was impressed by the fact that the Baylor power forward showed up in a suit and expressed his desire to play for Golden State.
“It’s a great opportunity,” Udoh explained. “The fans are ridiculous. They averaged 18,000 the last five years. That’s pretty good numbers.”
Udoh isn’t the big-name pick the Warriors got last year with Stephen Curry, but he was the best player on their board. They passed on Georgetown’s Greg Monroe in favor of Udoh for his shot-blocking, ability to make mid-range jumpers and offensive rebounding prowess.
“Had DeMarcus Cousins slipped to No. 6, he was a guy we were onto pretty heavily and likely would have taken him,” Riley said. “We need a guy with some strength and beef around the basket.”