Ikpeze began his career as a basketball player for the St Bonaventure Bonnies, a team from the University of San Buenaventura, in New York, in the 2016-17 season, playing 23 games with an average of 9.2 minutes per game in which he scored 2 , 3 points and captured 1.9 rebounds on average. In the 2017-18 season, Ikpeze continued to contribute to the team, playing a total of 34 games with an average of 14.3 minutes per game in which he scored 4.5 points, captured 3.1 rebounds and gave 0.2 assists.
In the 2018-19 season, still with the Bonnies, he played 32 games with an average of eleven minutes per game scoring 2.7 points, capturing 2.4 rebounds and giving 0.1 assists. In his last year as a US college basketball player, he played 30 games for the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, playing an average of 13.3 minutes per game scoring 3.6 points and grabbing 3.3 rebounds.
Last season, Ikpeze made the leap to European basketball playing in the Kosovo league, enrolled in the ranks of Rahoveci in which he assumed an important role, playing a total of 27 Kosovar Super League games in which he played an average of 29, 9 minutes scoring 9.1 points, capturing 11.1 rebounds and distributing 0.6 assists per game, thus being one of the team’s outstanding players. Now he comes to Palmer Alma Mediterránea Palma ready to continue growing and contributing to a team that thus incorporates a more than promising pivot.
“He is a very athletic and physically strong center, he is a type of player that we did not have last year and who is going to impose his physical strength in the League. We hope that he will be a benchmark both in defense and offensively under the basket ”, explains Álex Pérez, coach of the Mallorcan team who points out that the player can be“ that intimidating pivot that we still lacked last season ”. “He is going to bring a lot of strength to the team because of the type of player he is and during his university days he has already proven to be a great finisher and to be an intimidating center for the rivals. In the rebound he will also help us a lot and in our game, which is very dynamic, he will be quite comfortable ”, adds Pérez, who is convinced of the player’s quick adaptation to Spanish basketball. “Last year he already got to know Europe and European basketball by playing in the Kosovar league. That league is a little different from ours, but I think Amadi is going to be one of the surprises of the year ”, concludes Palmer’s manager Alma Mediterránea Palma.