Ike Diogu Named To Men's Hoops Pan-American Team
July 25, 2003
Arizona State sophomore Ike Diogu, the 2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, the only freshman to earn All-Pac-10 last season and a preseason first-team All-American by Dick Vitale for the 2003-2004 season, has been selected for the 12-member USA Basketball Pan American Games Team that will compete August 2-6 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Following inital tryouts in early June in Colorado and a week-long training camp in Orlando this week, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, along with assistants Quin Snyder (Missouri) and Lorenzo Romar (Washington), selected the 12-man team. Diogu, born Sept. 11, 1983, is the lone sophomore and the youngest player on the squad. The team will continue its training camp in Orlando through July 29.
Stanford's Josh Childress and Oregon's Luke Jackson join Diogu as Pac-10 players on the team. Also on the squad are Andre Barett (Seton Hall), Ben Gordon (UCONN), Chuck Hayes (Kentucky), Chris Hill (Michigan State), Arthur Johnson (Missouri), Brandon Mouton (Texas), Emeka Okafor (UCONN), Rickey Paulding (Missouri) and Blake Stepp (Gonzaga).
The Pan American Games are held every four years in the year prior to the Olympics. ASU fell 95-78 in the 1999 gold medal game, but have earned a medal in 12 of their last 13 appearances. They are 79-8 (.908) at the games. It has not won the gold since 1983, a span of the past four games.
Former U.S. Pan Am men's basketball players include Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner, Danny Manning, Chris Mullin, Oscar Robertson and David Robinson.
Diogu, whose 19.9 points per game mark last year is the third-best by a freshman in Pac-10 history, was an honorable mention All-American last year by The Associated Press. The Garland, Texas, native was 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.).
Diogu averaged 19.9 points and 9.6 rebounds in the final 14 games and had 12 20-point games. Diogu, Cal senior Joe Shipp and Oregon junior and NBA first-round draft pick Luke Ridnour were the only Pac-10 players who posted double digits in every game.
Diogu, Carmelo Anthony of Syracuse and Daniel Horton of Michigan were the only freshmen named to both Basketball Times and The Sporting News five-man Freshman All-America teams.
The Garland, Texas, native 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 mark and is a Pac-10 Tournament record.
ASU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and finished 20-12 overall and fourth in the Pac-10 at 11-7.
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