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Ekpe Udoh - The Nightmare

What do you guys think of his game and his readiness for the league, i feel that he has made more impact than Wesley Johnson as a transfer, he is averaging 13pts 10rbds and 4.4 blks per game pushing Baylor to 3rd in their conference, he set a new conference record in block shots in the Big 12 , he has worked on his offensive game and can even hit the 3, at 6'10 i see a bit of Kevin Garnett in him, but only time would tell....


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Udoh

I see more Tyrus Thomas in him. I like his potential, but there are a lot of holes in his game that need to be addressed. The biggest one is his efficiency (Low %s, High TOs).

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With one more year in

With one more year in College i feel he has the potential to be a better all round player than Tyrus Thomas, at the moment he still tries to do too much on the offence but i beleive he will get better as time goes on....

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pretty good player. i dont

pretty good player. i dont think he made a better impact though considering how good wesley is and how he has his team as the number one team in america. is this kid better then the big guy out in marshall right now?..for those who have seen them both?

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Well

They are kind of similar. Whiteside has the height/length (reported 7'1" w/ 7'7" wingspan) advantage while Udoh is more mobile and athletic. Neither is lacking though as Whiteside is very mobile himself and Udoh is 6'10" with a 7'3" wingspan.

In terms of offense, Udoh is ahead of Whiteside. He is a very gifted passer (although turnover prone) and can do a lot offensively (low percentages).

Enough cannot be said about Whiteside's ability to block shots. I was left in awe about how high he can get to block shots. Udoh is also one of the premier shot-blockers in the nation, but he isn't nearly at Whiteside's level here.

I would take Whiteside over Udoh, but both are the same kind of prospect. Defensively-minded, but show a lot of versatility and potential offensively.

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from what im hearing and

from what im hearing and reading whiteside is alot like baka for the thunder which isnt a bad thing

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Nah

I don't like that for a lot of reasons. Ibaka had the hops, but he wasn't afraid to bang and hustle. Whiteside looks timid and gets bullied by players smaller than himself. Whiteside has more potential though. His height, length and mobility are rare enough, but I've never seen a shot-blocker like him in college. Even guys like Sean Williams, Hasheem Thabeet and Jarvis Varnado don't compare to how this guy can block shots. He blocks 8.5 shots a game per 40 minutes (2 entire blocks above second place). But you have to see him block shots to really appreciate his ability.

Whiteside never reminded me of Ibaka. I see a lot of Serge in Udoh though...

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Yeah, another year in college would do Udoh good. He can be an impact player. I haven't scouted him very much, but I've seen him compared to Rasheed Wallace and Chris Bosh on other respectable websites. He is an interesting prospect, no doubt.

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Whiteside isn't the athletic

Whiteside isn't the athletic freak Ibaka is, but he brings most of the same things to the table (shot-blocking, promising post game, etc). I think Whiteside has more upside than Udoh, but Udoh is the better player of the 2 currently IMO.

Udoh has some nice moves and is pretty polished now, much more so than he was at Michigan. He can create off the dribble and can be a big factor in the triple threat and he can makes some decent back to basket plays. He's one of the best shot-blockers I've seen this year, and is on the same level as Whiteside in that area. He defends man-to-man in the post very well to top it if. Add in rebounding and you have one of the best center prospects out there.

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@ butidonthavemoney...i dont

@ butidonthavemoney...i dont think you are giving Udoh much credit that he deserves on the offensive end, he is much better offensively than all the guys you have compared to him, you need to see his footwork to appreciate the work he has put in, and he uses the glass very well, thats why i said i can see some Gernett in him

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Bah

In the games I've seen, he didn't look any better offensively than Ibaka or Thomas. His numbers wouldn't suggest that either. I would like to see him get those percentages up.

In any case, I am about to watch one of his games on ESPN360. I'll probably get a better understanding of him over the next 2 hours. I'll keep an eye on his footwork and offensive production.

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So what did you think ?

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yeah im not too keen on the

yeah im not too keen on the 40min thing because no one knows how a player will play with those mins teams adjust players get tired. a better way to go by is who blacked more shots as freshmen him or varando

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im curious..someone brought

im curious..someone brought up this point before. how many big men who were considered raw when they first got to college ended up being real good or superstars in the pros?

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Kevin Garnett??? On what

Kevin Garnett??? On what planet? Let me put this in perspective, Ekpe Udoh will be 23 years old by the draft. Garnett will have already been a two-time All-Star and was coming off a season where he took his team to the playoffs while averaging 18-10.

I don't think Udoh will be a major impact player in the NBA. I'm not a big believer in guys whose major draw as a college player is their shot blocking when they don't have the body to match. I also wonder about how good he will be defensively as Baylor plays so much zone. I'm not sure at his age whether his body will be filling out any more, and being that lean can leave him as a very limited player. Some limited players find a good situation. Taj Gibson isn't that good, but he'll grab a rebound, block a shot, and make the proper rotations. Others, Longar Longar comes to mind, end up waiting for phone calls from the D-League or Europe.

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dude when i said i see some Garnett in him im talking in terms of the skills Udoh is gaining on the offence, he is no where half as good as Garnett but being that he is a hard worker i can see him getting there, in terms of filling out, please have you seen Garnett especially in his younger days will you say that he has a big frame ?

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^^^^ main reason i respect

^^^^ main reason i respect youre opinion is because you look at most things realisticlly. i agree

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He's no Kevin Garnett but

He's no Kevin Garnett but Ekpe Udoh can be a solid starter in the NBA. I don't have a comparison for him, but I do think he'll be good. He's more than just a shot-blocker, he's got a nice face-up game from about 17 feet in and he rebounds and passes well, he's offensively gifted.He's also not all that skinny as he goes about 245 lbs. He's got great size for the PF spot. Don't sleep on him at all, not alot of weaknesses in his game.

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maybe he can get as good as

maybe he can get as good as kg but if i had to put my money on it i would say no way in hell. hes a pretty good player but i see no dominating qualities in him nor see him as a future hall of famer. if hes the next kg then id have to think cousins is the next wilt

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fair enough....

fair enough....

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Whiteside

For the record, Whiteside is averaging three times the amount of blocks that Varnado averaged his freshman year (in twice the minutes, though).

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I'll

I'll be honest. I fell asleep. I was hoping to watch both him and James Anderson (another guy I haven't scouted much) but I was too tired.

Are you a Baylor fan?

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No not really im a Maryland fan but i like following Nigerian born players in the league like Udoh, Al-Farouq Aminu, Gani Lawal, Solomon Alabi, Obi Mounelo, Alex Oriahki, Arinze Onuaku etc.....lol

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Ahhh

Anyway, I'll get a lot more chances to watch Udoh during March. We'll see if he can boost his stock into the lottery.

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