Udoka Azubuike, #35
- Year Freshman
- Pos Center
- H/W 7-0/280
|High game points||17|
|Per-game breakdown||Total||Per game|
|Minutes per game||12.9|
|Points per game||5.0|
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.”