Udofia Invited to Rockets Summer League Team
Denver's all-time blocks leader to begin play on Saturday
July 2, 2014
DENVER - University of Denver men's basketball standout Chris Udofia (Irving, Texas) will have an opportunity to continue his playing career at the next level.
The 6-foot-6 Udofia has accepted an offer to join the Houston Rockets Summer League team, which will begin play on Saturday in Orlando, Fla.
The Rockets Summer League team will play a total of five games leading up to their appearance in the Las Vegas Summer League starting on Friday, July 11.
"The experience has been great so far," Udofia said. "All the guys are at the same hotel and it felt like a team as soon as we all got on the court together. I’m extremely pumped about the opportunity to showcase my abilities at this level so I’m very grateful to the Houston Rockets’ organization for allowing me to be in the discussion of taking my talents to the professional stage. I’m also excited to just be a part of the experience. It’s very similar to being on the road with the Pioneers, but it is nice to focus solely on basketball and getting better."
Udofia finished his career first in program history in blocked shots (256) and games played (124); fifth in points (1,501) and field goals made (551); seventh in assists (349), steals (141) and free throws made (334).
He was a three-time first-team all-conference selection in three different leagues.
This past season, Udofia was voted Summit League Defensive Player of the Year, was selected to the All-Summit League First Team and earned Summit League Player of the Week honors twice on Dec. 9 and Feb. 22.
He was additionally named to CollegeHoopsDaily.com All-Summit League Team, All-Summit League Nonconference Team, CollegeSportsMadness.com All-Summit League Team and Preseason All-Summit League First Team to go along with his Senior CLASS Award nomination.
During the 2012-13 season in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), Udofia made All-WAC First Team, All-WAC Defensive Team, WAC All-Academic Team, CollegeHoopsDaily.com All-WAC Team, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 6 First Team, CollegeSportsMadness.com All-WAC First Team and Preseason All-WAC Team.
Udofia also accumulated StatSheet.com WAC Player of the Week (Dec. 24), WAC Player of the Week (Feb. 18), CollegeSportsMadness.com WAC Player of the Week (Feb. 18), CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason WAC Player of the Year and CollegeSportsMadness.com Preseason All-WAC First Team.
As a sophomore in the Sun Belt Conference (SBC), Udofia earned a slot on the All-SBC First Team, NABC All-District 24 First Team, College Sports Madness All-SBC First Team and CollegeHoopsNet.com All-SBC for November, December and January. He also racked up two SBC Player of the Week honors (Dec. 6 and Feb. 6) as well as College Sports Madness SBC Player of the Week (Dec. 5) and capped the year as SBC Defensive Player of the Year.
Beginning his collegiate career with the Crimson and Gold during the 2010-11 season, Udofia concluded the year as DU's Most Valuable Freshman and earned a spot on the Sun Belt Commissioner's List by virtue of maintaining a 3.5 or better GPA.
Highly regarded by teammates, Udofia won the Floyd M. Theard, Jr. Award, as the Pioneers' most valuable player, shared DU Defensive Player of the Year Award with former teammate Chase Hallam, was awarded Team Most Valuable Performer during his junior season.
In consideration with all of DU's 17 programs, Udofia was also named DU Male Co-Athlete of the Year and DU Male Athlete of the Year for 2011-12 and 2012-13, respectively.
In high school, the Irving, Texas native led Dallas Jesuit to a District 8-5A championship as a senior while helping the team earn a 27-6 record. Udofia earned a number of honors during his junior and senior years including District 8-5A Most Valuable Player (2009-10), Jesuit Team MVP (2009-10), First-Team All-Region (2009-10), First Team All-District (2008-09 and 2009-10) and District 8-5A Defensive MVP (2008-09).
He also received a nomination as a McDonald's All-American (2009-10).
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