Baylor’s Ekpe Udoh Declares for NBA Draft: Five Teams That Could Nab Him
Baylor junior forward Ekpe Udoh officially declared for the NBA Draft at a 5 p.m. press conference on Tuesday evening in Waco, Texas.
Udoh, who will be graduating from Baylor in May, told reporters he has not decided on an agent but plans to hire one and be available in the 2010 NBA Draft.
In mock drafts, Udoh has been predicted to go as high as a No. 11 pick.
My hope, as both a die-hard Bears fan (head coach Scott Drew truly IS becoming the next Coach K) and a Houston Rockets fan since birth, is to see Daryl Morey and the Lone Star State’s finest pick up Udoh in this summer’s draft.
Now, let’s take a look at five teams where Udoh’s selection would make an immediate impact for the team and the NBA…
1. Houston Rockets
Ekpe Udoh and the Houston Rockets would be a perfect marriage, and with the possibility of Yao Ming bolting for greener pastures his presence would be welcomed in the Lone Star State.
And with the No. 14 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Houston has a solid chance at landing Baylor’s big man if some of the other teams above them pass on Udoh.
Udoh would fit perfectly with the likes of Shane Battier, Aaron Brooks, and head coach Rick Adelman.
Will Daryl Morey and Co. pursue the former Scott Drew product that helped lift the Bears to the Elite Eight this season?
We’ll all know soon enough, with the draft just a few months away…
2. New Orleans Hornets
The West’s Hornets would also probably enjoy having an added big man on their 2010 team, and Udoh would be a great fit in New Orleans.
Although many mock drafts have the Hornets going after a center such as Kansas’ Cole Aldrich, they could easily nab Udoh with the No. 11 pick in this summer’s NBA Draft.
3. Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis, constantly improving over the past few seasons, would be a great fit for Udoh.
Although the Grizzlies could overlook the likes of Baylor’s Udoh while chasing someone like Carolina’s Ed Davis, but only time will tell.
If Memphis is truly searching for a forward to build their team around that has awesome athletic range both offensively and defensively, Udoh would be the best option.
4. Milwaukee Bucks
In the East, Milwaukee would also be a lock for Udoh—with the Bucks in dire need of a forward that can both score and block shots.
Udoh, whom has improved tremendously since transferring to Baylor two years, would be a great fit for the Bucks as Milwaukee aims to continue its climb in the Eastern Conference.
5. Chicago Bulls
Also in the East, the Bulls could easily look to nab Udoh in this summer’s draft.
Although many mocks have Chicago going after the likes of Duke’s Kyle Singler, I could easily see Singler being taken before the Bulls’ 17th pick in the first round.
Regardless of whom the Bulls go with in the NBA Draft, Udoh would be a near-perfect fit in Chicago with a young and growing team.
Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org