Udoka Azubuike, #35

  • Year Freshman
  • Pos Center
  • H/W 7-0/280

Season stats

Shooting A M %
Field goals 35 22 .629
Free throws 29 11 .379
Three pointers 0 0
High game points 17
Effective FG% .629
Per-game breakdown Total Per game
Off. rebounds131.2
Def. rebounds353.2
Blocked shots181.6
Games played11
Games started6
Minutes per game12.9
Total Points55
Points per game5.0
Personal fouls31
Technical fouls0
Triple doubles0
Double doubles0


Kansas assistant coach Norm Roberts remembers the first of many times he watched Udoka Azubuike play AAU basketball.

“He was so big. He couldn’t help but stand out,” Roberts said of a 14-year-old Azubuike, who played for Nike Team Florida and later the Georgia Stars. “What he would do is rebound, block shots and dunk it.”

He was a “power player who knows how to seal. He’s a much better athlete than you’d think he is. He’s just getting better and better.”

Azubuike — he committed to KU over North Carolina and Florida State on Jan. 28 — arrived at Kansas over the summer as a 7-foot, 300-pound, 16-year-old McDonald’s All-American. He turned 17 on Sept. 17.

He is big now at 275. He was big then.

“Being raw (after coming to the U.S. from Nigeria four years ago), he has to improve his footwork, has to improve his first jump, second jump quickly, his touch around the basket,” Roberts said. “He is a kid that will work at it. He improved his jump hook already. He is a dunker and can dunk, but he also can shoot the right-hand jump hook. He’ll work on his touch, both hands, all that stuff.”

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