Warriors Select Vanderbilt’s Festus Ezeli with the No. 30 Pick

After getting a small forward with the No. 7 pick, the Warriors get a big man they like: Vanderbilt center Festus Ezeli.

The 6-foot-11, 264-pound big man from Sacramento by way of Nigeria impressed the Warriors when he worked out with the Warriors.  He played four years at Vanderbilt, averaging 7.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks for his career. His best season was his junior year when he averaged 13.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.

He’s known for his great size and excellent shot blocking ability. He plays hard, especially on defense, and can finish around the basket. He certainly fills the Warriors’ desire for toughness.

Ezeli graduated from high school in Nigeria at age 14. He moved to Sacramento with his uncle, a pediatrician. His new guardian didn’t think it was wise to put a 14-year-old in college so he sent Ezeli back to high school and enrolled in Sacramento’s Jesuit High. That’s when he started playing basketball.

He was cut by his high school team. At 16, he started taking classes at junior college. He wasn’t eligible to play for the basketball team, but he practiced with the squad while serving as a videographer.


Marcus Thompson

  • Bbear

    Kid is a beast. Improved every year in college. Love pick

  • river’s edge

    I like the beef!

  • rio kid

    watched a video.. not impressed. Could be ok but does he have dampier hands? That is the question unanwered in the utube shots.

  • rio kid

    Good thing is that he’ll be in the D league and we can see if he’s any good from the comfort of our ::::New Santa Cruz California_____D league extravaganza…. Cannnnnnnnot wait to check b ball right next to the Big Dipper.

  • Yoda

    Rio Kid is probably wrong. Defense and rebounding is what they want out of the guy and Jeremy Tyler ought to be getting sized for that SC uniform.

    “watched a video” – LOL. That’ll give you some serious insight.

  • ACC

    The more I watch Ezeli’s videos the more I am convinced by Jerry West was high on this player. Check this link and see why:


    One thing is for sure that this player is no POB, Todd Fuller, or AB. The player is what the W’s need.