University of the Philippines is gearing up for life after Malick Diouf as young Nigerian big man Dikachi Udodo announced on Saturday evening that he is transferring from Guang Ming College to UP.
Udodo, a lanky 6-foot-9 big man, expressed his gratitude to the GMC community, saying, “To every member of the GMC community who has made GMC feel like home, I am truly thankful.
“As I embark on my new journey at the University of the Philippines, I will carry with me all the lessons and experiences I have gained from you, which will undoubtedly help me become a better version of myself.”
Udodo arrived in the country last year but was unable to suit up for the Dragons during their maiden campaign in the UCBL.
In the preseason, Udodo impressed, averaging 21.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game during Guang Ming’s play-in series against Letran in the Filoil Ecooil Preseason Cup. He also recorded double-doubles on a nightly basis during the Pinoyliga Collegiate Cup.
“I have been incredibly blessed and privileged to be a part of the GMC community since my arrival in the Philippines. It has been nothing short of a perfect experience.
“The GMC community welcomed me with open arms and made me feel like one of them. I want to express my deep gratitude to Venerable Master Hsing Yun, who has transformed my life through this remarkable institution. I extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who played a role in welcoming me into this community,” expressed Udodo.
Still just 19 years young and having not played in the UCBL for even one season, Udodo will have maximum eligibility years in the UAAP once he becomes eligible for Season 87.
Other recruits for next season are Jared Bahay, Gani Stevens, and Chris Hubilla.