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Festus Ezeli

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NBA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
Was selected by Golden State in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft (30th overall) ... Owns career averages of 2.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.95 steals and 14.4 minutes in 78 games (41 starts) over one season with Golden State ... His 41 starts were in 2012-13 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).

2013-14 HIGHLIGHTS WITH GOLDEN STATE:
Inactive all 82 games while recovering from right knee surgery ... Had offseason knee surgery on 6/12/13.

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)...

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...Attended a Warriors youth basketball clinic on the day of his introductory press conference in the Bay Area, and also attended sessions of Warriors Basketball Camp during the offseason before his rookie campaign...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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Vitals

Height: 6'11''/ 2.11m
Weight: 265 lbs./ 120.2 kg
Born: October 21, 1989
From: Vanderbilt University
Draft: 1st Round (30th pick) 2012 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2012
Years Pro: 2
Previous Teams:
  Golden State Warriors 2012 - 2013
Prior to NBA/Country: Vanderbilt/Nigeria

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