Tribute to the Champs: Ekpe Udoh

Jun 22, 2017 by Euroleague.net Print
Tribute to the Champs: Ekpe Udoh
Fenerbahce Istanbul center Ekpe Udoh put his name in the Turkish basketball history books in golden letters with his strong performance at an unforgettable Final Four. Udoh was voted Final Four MVP after dominating in the most important two games of the season: he had 18 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 blocks in the semifinal against Real Madrid and posted 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks against Olympiacos in the championship game. He led all Final Four players in performance index rating (65 PIR), rebounds (21) and blocks (7) and ranked second in assists (12) and fouls drawn (10). There have been few performances at that level in Final Four history. It capped a brilliant second EuroLeague campaign for the big guy, who was chosen to the All-EuroLeague First Team and was the runner-up in Best Defender Award voting this season after leading the league in rebounds (7.8 rpg.) and blocks (2.1 bpg.), while averaging 12.1 points in 31 games. In his two seasons with Fenerbahce, Udoh twice set the record for most blocks in a EuroLeague campaign, getting 61 last year and following that with 68, as he has become an eternal Fenerbahce hero.