KU's Udoka Azubuike works out for Los Angeles Lakers on Monday

By Gary Bedore gbedore@kcstar.com

University of Kansas sophomore center Udoka Azubuike, who has entered his name in the 2018 NBA Draft with no plans to hire an agent at this time, worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, the Lakers reported.

He took part in drills at the UCLA Health Training Center with Baylor center Jo Lual-Acuil, Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop, Houston guard Rob Gray, Florida guard Jalen Hudson and Nevada’s Caleb Martin.

Azubuike will attend the NBA combine on May 16-20 in Chicago. He has until May 30 to withdraw his name from the draft if he wishes to return to KU.

ESPN.com's John Gasaway wrote about Azubuike on Monday.

“You can make a case that few players nationally present as large a contrast between current draft stock and likely 2018-19 college impact as Udoka Azubuike,” Gasaway wrote. “In terms of his draft profile, Azubuike appears to be a work in progress. Bill Self's big man is a proven two-point-making machine and promising rim defender, but, ideally, he'd post higher rebound percentages at his size and on a team that gave him little if any competition for those boards. Indeed, whether it's rebounding or low-foul shot-blocking (or, in the best of all worlds, both), Azubuike will likely have to show the NBA something more to offset a lack of three-point ability to date.

“When it comes to what he can do for his college team, however, Azubuike's decision might loom larger than that of any other single player. A return to the Jayhawks would give KU a big lift in preseason polls. Self will have the talent to contend for still another Big 12 title either way, surely, but an early exit by Azubuike would mean KU's replacing all five starters from 2017-18."

Devonté Graham to sign books

KU senior Devonté Graham will sign copies of author Jason King’s book “Beyond the Streak: Untold Stories from Kansas Basketball’s Unrivaled Big 12 Reign” at various area locations Friday and Saturday.

First-team All-America player Graham, who led KU to a 14th straight Big 12 title and a berth in the 2018 Final Four, will sign from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Johnny’s Tavern, 8262 Mission Road, in Prairie Village.

On Saturday, Graham will sign from 10 a.m. until noon at Kansas Sampler, 9750 Quivira Road, Overland Park; from 2 to 4 p.m. at Kansas Sampler, 5918 SW 21st St., Topeka; and from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kansas Sampler at 921 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence.


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