Ekpe Udoh is headed back to the NBA.
The former Baylor frontcourt star signed a two-year, $6.5 million deal with the Utah Jazz this week. The move was first reported by Yahoo Sports and later confirmed by the Salt Lake Tribune.
Udoh, a 6-foot-10 forward/center, spent the past two seasons playing in the Euroleague. Finding a home with Fenerbache of Turkey, Udoh averaged 12.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots while winning Final Four MVP honors and leading his team to the Euroleague title.
The Golden State Warriors originally drafted Udoh with the No. 6 overall pick in 2010, but Udoh played sparingly in two seasons in Oakland. From there he spent three years with the Milwaukee Bucks and one more with the Los Angeles Clippers before shifting his career overseas. His best all-around NBA season came in 2011-12 with the Bucks, when he put up averages of 5.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in 20 minutes per game.
Udoh has always stood out as a reliable shotblocker, averaging 1.2 blocks for his career despite logging only 16.9 minutes.
Udoh played one season for Scott Drew at Baylor in 2009-10 after transferring from Michigan. But it was a memorable one – as he won Big 12 newcomer of the year and all-conference honors while helping the Bears reach the Elite Eight.