Williams on Ibekwe: "Ekene has as much experience and ability as anyone in college basketball and I expect him to be a force for us this year. He's worked hard over the summer to put himself in a great position entering his senior season."
As a Junior in 2005-06: Appeared in 32 games and made 30 starts a season ago ... averaged 11.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game during his junior campaign ... tallied five double-doubles ... scored in double figures 19 times and grabbed at least five rebounds on 25 occasions ... recorded at least one blocked shot in 27 of 32 games ... finished the year seventh in the ACC with 1.34 blocks per game ... ranked 16th in the ACC with 6.6 rebounds per game ... led the team in rebounding 13 times ... recorded 15 points and 10 rebounds against Manhattan (March 18) ... scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds in 14 minutes against Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament (March 9) ... finished with 13 points, five rebounds, three blocks, and two assists at Virginia (March 6) ... scored a team-high 12 points and grabbed five rebounds at North Carolina (Feb. 26) ... poured in 15 points and tied for the team high with eight rebounds at Florida State (Feb. 22) ... tallied a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds in an overtime win against Georgia Tech (Feb. 18) ... scored 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting in just 15 minutes at Clemson (Feb. 14) ... recorded a double-double with 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds against Virginia (Feb. 7) ... scored 14 points in 21 minutes at Temple (Jan. 28) ... grabbed a team-high nine rebounds at Duke (Jan. 11) ... recorded back-to-back double-doubles against American (Dec. 23) and Delaware State (Dec. 28) ... tied his career high with a team-best 21 points against Boston College (Dec. 11) ... averaged 12.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 1.7 steals per game at the Maui Invitational ... scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and grabbed eight rebounds in 20 minutes against Fairleigh Dickinson (Nov. 18).
As a Sophomore in 2004-05: Played in 30 of 32 games on the season, starting 18 ... finished fifth on the team in scoring with 8.4 points per game, and second in rebounding with 6.3 boards ... led the team in blocks with 55, finishing fourth among ACC leaders with a 1.83 rejections per game average ... recorded 17 multi-block games ... posted 11 games of double-figure scoring and recorded three games of 10-plus rebounds ... notched first career double-double with a career-high 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting at Wisconsin (Nov. 30) ... also added 12 rebounds to complete the double-double effort ... recorded 12 blocks and 32 rebounds during the Terps' Postseason NIT run, an average of 3.0 blocks and 8.0 rebounds per contest ... netted 10 points with eight rebounds and three blocks in 26 minutes off the bench in the Terps' NIT win over TCU (Mar. 26) ... registered 11 points, nine rebounds and five rejections in 21 minutes in Maryland's win over Davidson (Mar. 23) ... swatted four shots with eight points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes vs. Oral Roberts (Mar. 16) ... contributed nine points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench vs. Clemson in the ACC Tournament (Mar. 10) ... returned from a two-game injury hiatus with 11 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 17 minutes in the Terps' overtime victory over Duke at home (Feb. 12) ... follow-slam in the waning seconds vs. the Blue Devils completed the Terps' comeback and helped send the contest to overtime ... scored 14 points with nine rebounds and four blocks in 24 minutes in Maryland's win over No. 21 Georgia Tech (Jan. 30) ... came off the bench to score 15 points with nine rebounds in the Terps' win at No.2 Duke (Jan. 26) ... made 7 of 9 free throws against the Blue Devils ... swatted a career-high six blocked shots and also recorded 12 rebounds vs. Liberty (Dec. 28) ... grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and tied his career-high with three steals in Maryland's home win over American (Dec. 23) ... poured in 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting vs. Florida State (Dec. 19) ... opened the season with a 17-point, eight-rebound effort against Jackson State (Nov. 19) ... averaged 10.6 points per game, 7.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks during the Terps' Italian Tour, including a 15-point, 13-board double-double effort against Biella.
As a Freshman in 2003-04: Only freshman to play in all 32 games, drawing seven starts during his rookie season ... led the Terps in blocked shots with 44, an average of 1.4 rejections per game ... recorded 22 games with at least one blocked shot and posted 11 multi-block games ... was the first freshman to lead the Terps in blocked shots (44) since Joe Smith (1993-94) ... amassed 32 points and 29 boards across the Terps' last six contests ... played in both NCAA Tournament games, averaging 18.0 minutes per matchup while contributing 5.5 points per game and 7.9 rebounds ... grabbed nine rebounds and netted six points vs. Syracuse (March 20) in the Terps' NCAA Second Round game ... scored five points with six rebounds and four blocks vs. UTEP (March 18) in his first-career NCAA contest ... contributed nine points, eight rebounds and two assists vs. Virginia (March 7) in a "must-win" situation for the Terrapins ... played 20 minutes vs. Clemson (Feb. 24), gathering 10 rebounds (all defensive), blocking three shots and scoring six points ... contributed eight points and five rebounds in 10 minutes at North Carolina (Feb. 15) ... made the most of his 13 minutes vs. Florida State (Feb. 8), grabbing four rebounds and blocking three shots ... scored 11 points (5-for-6 FG) and added five rebounds vs. North Carolina (Jan. 14) ... registered seven points, seven rebounds and four blocks in his first collegiate start vs. UMES (Jan. 16) ... fell one point shy of a double-double against Mount St. Mary's (Jan. 3), with nine points, 10 rebounds, a career-high tying four blocks and two steals in 22 minutes ... grabbed eight rebounds in 13 minutes at Florida State (Dec. 28) ... netted a career-high 13 points vs. UNC-Greensboro (Dec. 23) and added six rebounds ... had a solid outing in his collegiate debut, scoring nine points with three blocks, two steals vs. American (Nov. 22).
At Carson High School: A second team Parade High School All-American after averaging 19.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game as a senior at Carson High School ... also blocked 4.4 shots per game and averaged nearly four steals in leading his squad to a 23-4 record and a semifinal finish in the Los Angeles city championship ... earned all-state honors and a first team "All-Dream Team" nod by the Long Beach Press-Telegram as a senior ... named to the All-L.A. city first team, the All-South Bay first team and his team's MVP as a junior and senior ... scored 18 points and was named to the all-tournament team as a participant in Baltimore's Charm City Challenge with Terrapin teammates Hassan Fofana, D.J. Strawberry and Will Bowers in April, 2003 ... also participated in the Jordan Capital Classic Silver/Black game at MCI Center later that month, where he squared off against a group of elite high-school seniors including LeBron James ... high school coach was Richard Masson.
Personal: Ekene Ibekwe ... son of Agatha and Augustine Ibekwe, who hail from Nigeria ... brother, Onye Ibekwe (21), is a senior basketball player at Long Beach State ... has two sisters, Chinyere (17) and Ify (15) ... a recipient of the Scott Smith Scholarship Award and a member of the Principal's Honor Roll in high school ... interests include computers and working on his game ... aspires to be an entrepreneur when his basketball career is over ... majoring in criminology and criminal justice.
Ibekwe Career Stats
IBEKWE'S Career Highs
POINTS 21 (2x) last vs. Boston College (12/11/05)
REBOUNDS 15 vs. Virginia (2/7/06)
FG 10 at Wisconsin (11/30/04)
FGA 13 (3x) last vs. Boston College (12/11/05)
3 FG 1 (8x) last at Florida State (2/22/06)
3 FGA 4 vs. George Washington (12/4/04)
FT 7 at Duke (1/26/05)
FTA 10 vs. Georgia Tech (2/18/06)
ASSISTS 3 vs. Jackson State (11/19/04)
BLOCKS 6 vs. Liberty (12/28/04)
STEALS 4 vs. Arkansas (11/23/05)
MINUTES 34 vs. Boston College (12/11/05)