1. He was selected by the Golden State Warriors as the 30th pick in the 1st round of the 2012 NBA draft.
2. One of five children, Ezeli remembered in a 2011 interview with Andy Katz of ESPN.com, “My parents told me I was an unusual child.
3. To further his career goals, his parents sent him in 2004 to live with his uncle, a pediatrician in Yuba City, California.
4. Recalling that incident, he said, “Everybody was running up the court, and I was just running with them.
5. Also in the Katz interview, Ezeli remarked on his struggles to learn the game:
6. At age 16, Ezeli joined a second AAU team and also enrolled part-time at Yuba Community College.
7. Offers from 27 Division I schools he knew almost nothing about rolled in.”
8. With Ogilvy gone, Ezeli had a breakout season in 2010–11, averaging 13 points and 6.3 rebounds He also broke Will Perdue’s Vanderbilt single-season record for blocked shots.