2010 NBA Draft Results: Baylor Forward Ekpe Udoh Selected No. 6 by Golden State

Denton Ramsey@DentonRamseySenior Analyst IJune 26, 2010

NEW YORK - JUNE 24:  Ekpe Udoh stands with NBA Commisioner David Stern after being drafted sixth by The Golden State warriors  at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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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 denton.ramsey@gmail.com