“My father, that’s all he preaches is education”
Ekpe Udoh was born May 20, 1987, in Edmond, Oklahoma to Sam and Alice Udoh, both Nigerian immigrants.
Udoh started playing basketball at the tender age of five years old around his neighborhood with the local boys. After falling in love with basketball, he decided to play high school ball for Edmond Santa Fe High School, where he helped lead the team to the state-championship as a junior.
He went on to play two seasons at the University of Michigan, but decided to transfer to Baylor University to finish out his college basketball career. Udoh successfully overcame the struggle of sitting out one year before being eligible to play at Baylor, by working really hard at improving his game, instead of sitting idle.
In his one season playing for Baylor, he succeeded in leading the team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, before declaring for the NBA draft. In the 2010 NBA draft, Udoh was the 6th overall pick by the
Golden State Warriors, despite being projected to be a mid-late first round pick.
When Udoh is off the court, he spends his time giving back to the community in as many ways as he can. Recently, he helped the 2011 Oklahoma Tornado victims, along with participating in NBA Cares and assisting with the Red Cross. He is also a large supporter of two major youth programs in Detroit, REACH Youth Programs and Mount Moriah Community Development Corp.
As a proponent for higher education, Udoh has decided to spend the summer after his NBA rookie campaign completing his degree at Baylor University, and is expected to graduate Aug 13th, 2011, before returning back to continue his career with the Golden State Warriors.