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wooolus
01-17-2007, 09:45 PM
From NBA Draft.net

http://www.jcrew.com/images/newshots2004/main500/80314_BL7356_HOL06_m.jpg

Ike Diogu
Birthdate: 9/11/83
NBA Position: Power Forward
College: Arizona St.
Class: Junior
Ht: 6-8
Wt: 255
Hometown: Garland, TX
High School: Garland
Team Site Profile
2004 Stats


NBA Comparison: Malik Rose

Strengths: Diogu possesses maybe the most refined post-up game in college basketball...Amazing footwork...Very fundamentally sound on the block...Knows how to get himself open...Great at drawing fouls...When he's clicking, he can get an opponent's entire front line in foul trouble......Remarkable free throw shooter (around 90%), which is important because of the amount of times he gets to the line...Good weakside help defender...High basketball awareness...Serviceable perimeter defender but is much more comfortable in the paint...Phenomenal shot blocker for his size...Plays with good intensity...Fantastic rebounder...Terrific hands...Catches nearly every entry pass and comes down with nearly ever rebound...Thick upper body...Once he establishes post position, impossible to push him off his spot...Sets solid picks and rolls to the open spot...Very productive, despite being the primary focus of each opponent’s defensive scheme...Passes well out of the double/triple team...Very coachable...Uses high basketball IQ to make up for lack of lateral footspeed...Great stamina...Seemingly never comes out of the game...Developing a nice perimeter game solid jumper out to the college 3...Very high field goal percentage shooter...Exceptionally long arms...Solid physique...Fantastic body control...

Weaknesses: Lack of height will hurt him at the next level...Listed at 6'8" but might be closer to 6'7"...Not nearly quick enough to play or defend the small forward position at the pro level... You will never see the word "explosive" when reading a Diogu scouting report...Similar game to former Iowa St. star Marcus Fizer and we all know where his pro career ended up...If he's not involved on offense the rest of his game suffers slightly...Not a freak athlete...Not a slug by any means, but doesn't run the floor as well as he should...Not much "upside" left...The player you see now is basically the same player you'll see five years from now, for better or worse...At times, doesn't post up with much authority if his teammates aren't looking his way on every trip down the floor...Like Elton Brand in the NBA, always seems to find himself on losing teams, which isn't his fault entirely but still cause for concern... Lack of solid guard play sometimes limits his number of touches...Lack of quickness hurts his ability to step out and defend opposing guards on the pick and roll...Not a superior ball handler.

Notes: Has scored in double-digits in every game at Arizona State.

-Nick Prevenas 1/5/05
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Strengths: Extremely skilled and refined player on the low block. Has a variety of effective post moves and can use either hand equally around the basket. Solid footwork and very soft hands allow him to be quite fluid and the game comes naturally to him. Possesses excellent body control and the ability to finish after drawing the foul. He’s made more foul shots than any other player in the Pac-10 has attempted. Statistically, the best freshman post-player in the conference since Shareef Abdur-Rahim despite seeing relentless double and triple teams, as well as zone defenses designed to stop him. Excellent from the foul line at nearly 80%. Has an accurate and consistent jumper out to 18 feet and is very comfortable facing up. Ball skills are above average and his game is well-suited for the two-man pick and roll game that is so prominent in the NBA. Very cerebral player who understands his strengths and limitations and plays within himself. A throw-back type player with a very strong, solid body and a fundamentally sound game.

Weaknesses: Short by NBA standards as a 6-8 power forward. Probably lacks the athleticism and lateral quickness to play small forward. Not particularly explosive off the floor, and must rely instead on body control and positioning. Only average in terms of running the floor in transition and finishing on the break. Has a slower than average mechanism on his jump-shot, though his form is very solid. Gathers himself before jumping; not a quick-leaping player. Won’t be a serious shot-blocking threat at the professional level. Height and comparative lack of athleticism make his ability to rebound and defend at the highest level a legitimate question mark.

Quis
01-17-2007, 09:53 PM
That pic is definitely not of Ike Diogu. :lol:

But yeah, from what little I've seen of him and the scouting reports and his per-minute numbers with the Warriors, I think he could end up being the biggest factor in this entire deal. In the video of him on YouTube, some of his moves reminded me a lot of fellow 6'8" power forward Elton Brand.

Unclebuck
01-17-2007, 10:06 PM
One thing I noticed about him right away is that he can really shoot either in post up situations or in face ups inside of 15 feet. Yes Brand is who he remind me of in a lot of ways - he's not as good, but that is the best comparison

Leisure Suit Larry
01-17-2007, 10:55 PM
lol the guy looks like an Ike though
http://www.jcrew.com/images/newshots2004/main500/80314_BL7356_HOL06_m.jpg

Trader Joe
01-17-2007, 11:10 PM
That pic is definitely not of Ike Diogu. :lol:

But yeah, from what little I've seen of him and the scouting reports and his per-minute numbers with the Warriors, I think he could end up being the biggest factor in this entire deal. In the video of him on YouTube, some of his moves reminded me a lot of fellow 6'8" power forward Elton Brand.

Offensively he defintely reminds me of Brand or Zach Randolph.

Leisure Suit Larry
01-17-2007, 11:12 PM
Wait didn't we have an undersized PF?? #32

Evan_The_Dude
01-17-2007, 11:14 PM
Wait didn't we have an undersized PF?? #32

No, we had an over-sized SF...

Leisure Suit Larry
01-17-2007, 11:19 PM
Here's a fun one....

Full Name: Ikechukwu Somtochukwu Diogu

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ike_Diogu

Unclebuck
01-17-2007, 11:26 PM
One thing that is impressive is that Ike is a career 81% free throw shooter - that gives you an idea of how well he can shoot the ball.

Jermaniac
01-17-2007, 11:34 PM
One thing that is impressive is that Ike is a career 81% free throw shooter - that gives you an idea of how well he can shoot the ball.The best part about that is that he gets to the FT line so much. So you know most of them are going in. Lets just hope Rick plays him.

odeez
01-18-2007, 12:47 AM
I think IKE is going to be really good for us, nice young core of Granger and IKE gives us hope.

sweabs
01-18-2007, 12:53 AM
His wingspan is freakishly long. I'm so pumped to have him on our team.

I still remember the very first time I got to watch him play last November as a rookie. I was sold right away (Link (http://www.pacersdigest.com/forums/showpost.php?p=283373&postcount=2)). He has all the tools I like in a big man. He is not afraid to contest shots, he can box out, and he attacks the rim like it's nobody's business. I am so psyched.

Quis
01-18-2007, 12:54 AM
I agree. The team with Al and Jackson was solid, could've probably made the 2nd round, maybe the ECF if they got hot at the right time and got favorable matchups in the playoffs, but they would never be title contenders. But taking a closer look at Ike, a guy who just turned 23 in September, I think he could end up being a great coup for the Pacers. His offensive game looks great, could be a future 20 per game scorer.

JayRedd
01-18-2007, 01:18 AM
One thing that is impressive is that Ike is a career 81% free throw shooter - that gives you an idea of how well he can shoot the ball.

Posted this in one of the other 20 threads on this trade, but seems worth noting here as in the Diogu thread as well.

Last year, Ike shot 52.4% from the floor and 81% from the line while averaging 18.8 points, 8.9 boards (3.7 offensive) and 1.2 blocks per 40 minutes.

Montgomery only gave him 15 minutes per game, but he showed a lot of evidence that he can contribute in an extended role, and whenever he got minutes, he was generally pretty damn impressive.

In the 21 games in which he saw at least 20 minutes of court time during his rookie year, he averaged 14 points and 6.4 rebounds per night. I consider that very good for an undersized big man that relies heavilly on his post game and is adjusting to physicality of the League after spending three years in the defensively weak Pac-10.

We got a good one here.

Swingman
01-18-2007, 01:23 AM
I agree. The team with Al and Jackson was solid, could've probably made the 2nd round, maybe the ECF if they got hot at the right time and got favorable matchups in the playoffs, but they would never be title contenders. But taking a closer look at Ike, a guy who just turned 23 in September, I think he could end up being a great coup for the Pacers. His offensive game looks great, could be a future 20 per game scorer.

One bad thing is all the big contracts we have. It's going to be hard to add to those core players without some favorable trades and good drafting. The latter can't even happen until 2008 unless we get a major sleeper in the 2nd round next draft.