The Kentucky Wildcats weren’t the only team to make history on draft night 2010.
With Ekpe Udoh being selected by the Golden State Warriors at No. 6 on Thursday night, June 24, the Baylor forward/center became the highest draft pick to ever don a green and gold Bears jersey in Waco, Texas.
On a side note, and for those unaware, the Wildcats made history on Thursday night when five Kentucky players were selected in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft.
But I digress—back to Baylor.
Udoh became the highest draft pick in the history of Baylor Basketball on Thursday night when David Stern announced his name as the No. 6 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
And there was excitement all around for Udoh, his family, and the Baylor family as well.
Baylor hoops head coach Scott Drew was one of the very first to jump up and celebrate, pumping his fist in excitement as his junior transfer big man was taken much higher than many anticipated.
Not only is this a great occasion for Baylor sports history, it’s also a monumental moment for Golden State as well—as the Warriors landed an A+ athlete in Udoh.
It’s somewhat unfortunate he’s heading to Golden State, but hopefully he can hit the NBA hardwood and make an immediate impact for the Warriors in 2011.
Statistically speaking, upon sitting out a year after transferring from Michigan, Udoh averaged 13.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.7 blocks, and 2.7 assists per game as a junior at Baylor.
Udoh was also a major—and I mean MAJOR—factor in helping propel the Bears to the Elite Eight this past season and put up a heck of a fight against the eventual champion Duke Blue Devils.
And, by the way, he graduated in May.
Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org