All-Decade Nominee: Ekpe Udoh

Nov 28, 2019 by Euroleague.net Print

It took center Ekpe Udoh just two seasons to write his name in golden letters in EuroLeague history. Fenerbahce Istanbul was coming off its first Final Four when Udoh arrived in 2015 to take the Turks to a higher level. He dominated games defensively with blocked shots and intimidation, but was equally effective on offense, making him the perfect piece for Fenerbahce's imminent rise to the top of the EuroLeague.

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In his first season, Udoh set a EuroLeague record for total blocks with 61 in 27 games while also averaging 12.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. After Fenerbahce swept Real Madrid from the playoffs, he was named MVP for April and voted to the All-EuroLeague Second Team. Back at the Final Four, Fenerbahce played two overtime games, winning its semifinal against Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz but losing the final to CSKA Moscow despite Udoh's 16 points and 11 rebounds.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

  • EuroLeague Champion 2017
  • Final Four MVP 2017
  • All-EuroLeague First Team 2016-17
  • All-EuroLeague Second Team 2015-16
  • MVP for April 2016

A year later, Udoh was voted to the 2016-17 All-EuroLeague First Team after topping his own blocks record with 64 and leading the league in rebounds. In the Final Four at home in Istanbul, he flirted with a triple-double – 18 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists – to beat Real Madrid in the semis. Then, as Fenerbahce rolled Olympiacos Piraeus for its first EuroLeague title, Udoh set a championship-game record with 5 blocks to become the Final Four MVP and a truly memorable winner of the 2010s.