Ekpe Udoh (Baylor, Junior)
PF - 6'10, 240 lbs., Age: 22
Udoh is a 6'10, skilled power forward offensively and a threat to terrorize on the defensive end. He originally played at Michigan and showed promise on the defensive end with his ability to block shots and his athleticism, but little else. Udoh ended up transferring to Baylor and busted out this year with a great all-around game. Udoh showed the ability on defense by increasing his rebounding while continuing to be a great shot-blocker. Offensively, he utilized his ball-handling to take his man off the dribble and get to key spots, flashed great passing skills for a big man, and posted up to use jump hooks and turn-around jumpers.
Offensively, Udoh has improved immensely. He's best in open space from around 10-15 feet out where he's able to use his speed and handles to shoot the open jumper, dribble and take to the rack, or pass to an open shooter. His size and skillset creates a mismatch for opposing power forward making him a difficult cover. One small problem is his reliance on going left while operating in space.
In addition to his refined offensive skills, Udoh hits the offensive
glass hard using his length and speed at the power forward position. In the post Udoh utilizes a few jump hooks to the right or left, but right now, he lacks the leg strength required to post up power forwards in the NBA. However, the skillset is there, and he's added weight since his freshman year. If he can improve his body under an NBA conditioning program he has potential to become a terror offensively due to his high skill level.
While skilled on offense, shot blocking is Udoh's bread-and-butter. Udoh came into college as a great shot-blocker skilled at rejecting shots in man defense situations and as a help defender. His length also makes him a disruptive presence in the passing lanes.
It's not all good news on the defensive end as his lack of strength allows opponents to back him down, and he struggles on the defensive glass for someone with his athletic ability.
How does his game translate to the NBA?
Even though Udoh is an older player for this draft, he's still somewhat raw and still has the ability to add on weight too his frame. Adding strength will be key, as he has potential to be a dominant player on both ends of the court.
His skill set makes him a matchup problem for opposing fours, and should allow him to excel as a pick and roll player at the next level.
Right now, Udoh could be drafted anywhere from 5-20. Udoh's game is reminiscent of a right-handed, poor-man's Lamar Odom with a bit more interior play.
How would he fit in with the Bulls?
More than likely, some GM will fall in love with Udoh's potential and draft him before the Bulls pick 17. If he is there for the Bulls at 17 or if the Bulls can trade up then Udoh is a player I would target. His game would really blend in with Rose due to his fit in the pick and roll and ability to shoot, pass, or drive when getting the ball after the screen while his defense would set up opportunities for more transition for the Bulls.