Ike Diogu was an athletic powerhouse during his days at Garland High School. The 2002 graduate was a basketball star who was also active in many organizations on campus. He was part of a District Championship team and named district MVP. Ike received the Sportsman of the Year Award and the Global Achievement Award in 2001. Following his senior season, Ike was selected to play for the 2002 Nike All-Star Basketball team and earned MVP of the North honors.
Ike enrolled at Arizona State University on a full scholarship and quickly established himself as an impact player. He made the Pac 10 All-Freshman Team in 2003, and would continue to be selected for All-Conference teams throughout his college career. He was a first-team All-Pac 10 selection, a consensus second-team All-American and the Pac 10 Player of the Year in 2004. He finished his college career by being named the ASU Male Athlete of the Year in 2005. After three outstanding seasons with ASU, Ike made the decision to enter the NBA Draft.
Ike was selected ninth overall in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. His professional career got off to a fast start as he recorded 27 points on 13-15 shooting during a December 2005 game. He spent the net seven years playing on several top-tier NBA teams, such as the Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, LA Clippers and San Antonio Spurs. After the 2012 NBA season, Ike began playing for teams in China and Puerto Rico. He is still an active professional player and is currently as of this date a member of China’s Dongguan Leopards.
In addition to his induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame, Ike will also join the Arizona State University Hall of Fame.