The player: Ekpe Udoh
The scoop: Udoh is a 27-year-old power forward/center, whom the Clippers signed in early September. He was drafted by the Golden State Warriors as the sixth overall pick in the 2010 draft. In March 2012, he was traded with Kwame Brown and Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.
Udoh has a career average 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 18.7 minutes a game. Last season with the Bucks, he averaged a disappointing 3.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and one block in 19.1 minutes a game while dealing with knee and ankle injuries.
Udoh played three seasons of college basketball -- he spent two seasons at Michigan before transferring to Baylor for his junior year. At Baylor, he was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and a second-team All-Big 12 selection. He helped to lead the Bears to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament by averaging 13.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.7 blocks and 2.7 assists in 36 games.
The current happenings: Udoh is in the third day of Clippers’ training camp in Las Vegas. So far, it appears to be going well -- for the most part. He tweeted Wednesday that he had to guard crossover-king and reigning Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford and, unsurprisingly, it proved to be quite a challenge.
Tweeted Udoh: “Post prac cond consisted of me guarding
@JCrossover . At first I was lockin up but then it got ugly!!! I’ll bounce bak tom tho”
The off the court: Udoh started a book club on Twitter during training camp last fall with the Bucks. The first 25 people who sign up through a link he distributes over Twitter, get the book for free.
“I want to be like Oprah. I want to be like Oprah’s book club,” Udoh told reporters in April. “I’ll get there. It might take me a couple years, but I’ll get some buzz going.”
The club’s fourth selection was “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. He reportedly even recently paid for members of the club to fly out to Dallas to see a movie screening of “The Fault in Our Stars.” He also paid for the members’ hotels and rented a movie theater.