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Festus Ezeli

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Biography

Background

NBA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Was selected by Golden State in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft (30th overall)... Enters 2013-14 owning career averages of 2.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.95 blocks and 14.4 minutes in 78 games (41 starts) over one season with Golden State... Has appeared in 12 playoff games, averaging 2.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 11.2 minutes per contest. 2012-13 HIGHLIGHTS WITH GOLDEN STATE:
Appeared in 78 games (41 starts), averaging 2.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.95 blocks (4th among rookies) in 14.4 minutes... His 41 starts were the most by a Warriors rookie center since Joe Barry Carroll started 80 games in 1980-81 and were second most among rookies on playoff teams (behind only teammate Harrison Barnes)... In his 41 starts, averaged 2.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.05 blocks in 16.8 minutes... Scored a career-high 13 points on 1/19 at New Orleans, his only game in double-figures... Grabbed double-digit rebounds three times, including a career-best 13 boards on 4/15 vs. San Antonio, the first rookie center for the Warriors to grab 13 rebounds in a game since Marc Jackson did so on 2/16/01 vs. Vancouver... Had a career-best five blocks on 12/29 vs. Boston... Made his first career start on 11/3 at the Clippers, tallying eight points and five rebounds in 28 minutes... Made his NBA debut on 10/31 at Phoenix, recording three points, five rebounds and three steals in 14 minutes... Missed one game with a right knee contusion on 12/15... DNP-CD three times... Appeared in 12 playoff games (three starts), averaging 2.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 11.2 minutes... Tallied career-playoff-highs of eight points and five rebounds in Game 5 of the First Round at Denver on 4/30... Made his NBA playoff debut in Game 1 at Denver on 4/20 and his first career playoff start in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at San Antonio on 5/6...

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS:
Appeared in 121 games in four years at Vanderbilt, averaging 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.69 blocks in 17.9 minutes, while shooting .562 from the field... Left Vanderbilt as the school's all-time blocks leader with 204, surpassing Will Perdue's mark of 157... His 2.56 blocks per game and 87 total blocks in 2010-11 established Commodore single-season records... Helped Vanderbilt to three consecutive NCAA tournament berths (2010-12) and an SEC Tournament championship (2012)...

2011-12 HIGHLIGHTS WITH VANDERBILT (SENIOR):
Appeared in 26 games (22 starts) as a senior, averaging 10.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.00 blocks in 23.2 minutes while shooting .539 from the field... Scored in double figures 15 times, including 20-plus twice (both season-highs of 21 points)... Had three double-doubles and hauled in a career-best 14 rebounds on 1/21 vs. Mississippi State... Had three-plus blocks three times... Missed the first 10 games of the season with a sprained MCL and PCL in his right knee...

2010-11 HIGHLIGHTS WITH VANDERBILT (JUNIOR):
Appeared in 34 games (all starts) as a junior, averaging 13.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and a school-record 2.56 blocks (87 total) in 23.5 minutes while shooting .588, second best in the SEC... Scored in double figures 25 times and 20-plus twice, including a career-best 24 points on 12/4 vs. Belmont... Had 15 games with three-or-more blocks, including a career-high seven swats on 2/16 at Georgia... In a career-high 36 minutes on 3/1 at Kentucky, tallied 22 points and 13 rebounds... Recorded five double-doubles (two 20/10 games)...

2009-10 HIGHLIGHTS WITH VANDERBILT (SOPHOMORE):
Appeared in 32 games (five starts) as a sophomore, averaging 3.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.34 blocks in 12.7 minutes while shooting a team-best .544 from the field... Scored in double figures twice and had three-or-more blocks seven times...

2008-09 HIGHLIGHTS WITH VANDERBILT (FRESHMAN):
Appeared in 29 games (six starts) as a freshman, averaging 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 12.4 minutes while shooting .547 from the field... Scored in double figures twice, including a season-high 11 points on 11/26 vs. Central Arkansas...

2007-08 HIGHLIGHTS WITH VANDERBILT:
Redshirted...

PERSONAL:
Full name is Ifeanyi Festus Ezeli-Ndelue...Parents are Festus Sr. and Patricia...Has three brothers (Ike, Chucky and Kenny) and one sister (Oby)...Cousin, Ike Okoye, plays basketball professionally in Germany...Wears #31 as an upgrade from the #3 he wore in college, as in version 3.1...Would like to own a business after the NBA...First job was an internship at Merrill Lynch...Majored in economics at Vanderbilt...Graduated from Igbinedion Secondary School in Nigeria at the age of 14...Moved to the United States in 2004...Had never played traditional organized basketball until the summer of 2007, when he attracted attention from college recruiters while playing AAU basketball for the Sacramento Pharaohs and averaged 10 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game...Was extremely active in Warriors community relations efforts during his rookie campaign...Visited the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco as part of the #GSWCountdown campaign leading up to Opening Night...Took part in the Make-A-Wish Holiday Party at the team's practice facility, in which several Make-A-Wish families were treated to an evening of carnival-type games...Attended the NBA Nation event in San Francisco in May shortly after the Warriors were eliminated from the 2013 NBA Playoffs...Attended a Warriors youth basketball clinic on the day of his introductory press conference in the Bay Area after being drafted, and made visits to numerous sessions of Warriors basketball camp during his first year with the organization...Took part in the Back To School Rookie Reading Rally at Sobrante Park Elementary School in Oakland shortly before the beginning of his rookie season...Enjoys bowling, traveling, reading, fishing and spending time with his family...Can also play the piano...Is on Twitter @fezzyfel.
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Height: 6'11''/ 2.11m
Weight: 255 lbs./ 115.7 kg
Born: October 21, 1989
From: Vanderbilt University
Draft: 1st Round (30th pick) 2012 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2012
Years Pro: 1
Previous Teams:
  Golden State Warriors 2012 - 2013
Prior to NBA/Country: Vanderbilt/Nigeria

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