Ike Diogu To Remain In NBA Draft

June 21, 2005

Arizona State University junior All-American forward Ike Diogu has announced he will remain in the 2005 NBA Draft.

'After going through the process my family and I have decided it is in my best interests professionally to stay in the NBA Draft,' said Diogu. 'Arizona State has been very supportive of me and has been a great place for me both as a student and as a basketball player.'

Diogu, the 2004-05 Pac-10 Player of the Year and the first consenus All-American in ASU history (second-team), scored 1,946 points in his 91-game career (21.4 points per game). He is ASU's third all-time leading scorer and is 19th on the Pac-10 career list.

Last year, he led the Pac-10 in scoring (22.6 ppg.), rebounding (9.8 rpg.) and blocks (2.34 bpg.), the first player since blocks became an official statistic in 1977-78 to lead the Pac-10 in all three categories. He also topped the Pac-10 last year in field goal percentage (.575), offensive boards (3.69), double-doubles (15), 20-point games (21), 40-minutes games (13) and minutes per game (36.38). He also led the league in Pac-10 game-only stats in points (22.3), offensive rebounds (4.06) and minutes per game (37.78) and was second with 9.2 boards per game.

'Ike has been a tremendous Sun Devil since the day he signed his letter of intent and we are very thankful to him for all his hard work. He has been loyal, accountable and above all a great role model for all student-athletes,' says ASU head coach Rob Evans. 'His numbers and consistency have been incredible, and our staff expects that to continue at the next level.'

The Garland, Texas, native scored in double digits in all 91 games of his career and made 248 free throws in 2004-05, breaking his own Pac-10 record of 243 set in 2003-04. He led the nation in free throws made (248) and attempted (311) this past season.

With 671 made free throws in his career, Diogu is second only to 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 posted 11 30-point games and 50 20-point games in his career.

Diogu 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).

Ike Diogu 2004-2005 Top HonorsAssociated Press Second-Team All-AmericanNABC Second-Team All-AmericanUSBWA Second-Team All-AmericanBasketball Times Second-Team All-American2004-05 Pac-10 Player of the YearThree-Time Pac-10 Player of the Week in 2004-2005

Other Notable HonorsThree-Time All-Pac-10 Selection (2003, 2004, 2005)2002-03 Pac-10 Freshman of the YearESPN.com third-team All-American in 2003-20042003-2004 Associated Press Preseason All-American2002-2003 and 2003-2004 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American

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 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).

SCORING NOTES: Ike Diogu tied for fifth in the nation at 22.6 points per game in 2003-04 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.

Points Per Game, Nation's Top Scorers in 2004-2005'05 Rk. Name, Team      Cl.     G       FGM     3FG     FT      PTS     PPG1.      Keydren Clark, St. Peters       Jr.     28      230     109     152     721     25.82.      Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont      Sr.     31      271     9       226     777     25.13.      Juan Mendez, Niagara    Sr.     30      221     39      224     705     23.54.      Rob Monroe, Quinnipiac  Sr.     26      173     72      171     589     22.7T5.     Bo McCalebb, New Orleans        So.     30      261     25      132     679     22.6T5.     Ike Diogu, Arizona State        Jr.     32      229     18      248     724     22.6

IN AND OUT: Ike Diogu's career numbers are solid both in the Pac-10 and out. In his 91 games career, Diogu 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.

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