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Ime Udoka

NameIme Udoka
PositionSmall forward
Height Ft6
Height In5
Weight215 lb
NationalityU.S. / Nigerian
Birth DateAugust 9, 1977(age 39)
Birth PlacePortland, Oregon
High SchoolJefferson
CollegePortland State
Draft RoundUndrafted
Draft Year2000
Career Start2000
TeamsFargo-Moorhead Beez (2000 2001)
Charleston Lowgators (2002 2004)
Adirondack Wildcats (2003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2004)
Auna Gran Canaria (2004 2005)
JA Vichy, France (2005)
Fort Worth Flyers (2005 2006)
New York Knicks (2006)
Portland Trail Blazers (2006 2007)
San Antonio Spurs (2007-2009, 2010-2011)
Sacramento Kings (2009-2010)
Highlights2005 06 NBDL Joel Collier Sportsmanship Award

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Ime Sunday Udoka ( ; born August 9, 1977, in Portland, Oregon) is an Nigerian-American professional basketball player who last played for the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. He plays internationally with the Nigeria national basketball team.

Udoka, a small forward, attended Portland's Jefferson High School, and the University of San Francisco, before transferring to Portland State University where he starred for the Vikings. He started his professional basketball career by playing in the NBDL with the Charleston Lowgators who drafted him with 39th overall pick in 2002 NBDL Draft. He was called up to play with the Los Angeles Lakers on January 14, 2004, but was later waived. After a stint in Europe, he returned to the states and once again drafted in NBDL. This time he was drafted 3rd overall by Fort Worth Flyers in 2005 NBDL Draft. He averaged 17.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game with the Flyers. On April 6, 2006, Udoka was signed by the New York Knicks. Udoka was waived by the Knicks on September 11, 2006.

Udoka was the last player invited to his hometown Portland Trail Blazers training camp before the 2006 07 season, getting the invite only after Aaron Miles failed a physical. Despite the death of his father during the preseason, Udoka impressed the coaching staff with his defense and professionalism, and improbably, made the team. After having played in only 12 NBA games in his career, Udoka started in 75 games played in the 2006 07 season. He played 28.6 minutes per game while averaging 8.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 0.9 steals.

Though American-born, Udoka's father of Ibibio descent, was born in Nigeria, which qualified him as a member of the Nigerian basketball squad, for whom he played at the 2006 FIBA World Championships. His older sister Mfon used to play in the WNBA. His mother is American.

In 2007, Udoka signed a contract with the San Antonio Spurs. Following the 2009 season, Udoka became a free agent, eventually re-signing with the Trail Blazers. He was waived by the Blazers on October 22, 2009.

On November 4, 2009, Udoka signed with the Sacramento Kings.

On November 24, 2010, Udoka rejoined the San Antonio Spurs, but he was waived on January 5, 2011.

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