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Udoka Azubuike Returning for Senior Season with Kansas Jayhawks

NCAA Basketball: Texas Christian at Kansas

The Kansas Jayhawks received some great news on Monday when head coach Bill Self announced that center Udoka Azubuike is returning to the Jayhawks for his senior season.

This news come after Azubuike missed the majority of the 2018-19 season due to a right hand injury that required surgery to repair ligament damage.

Self said, “We’re all very excited about Udoka making the decision not to enter the (NBA) draft. Unfortunately for him, injury is the reason, as he still cannot participate what would be the NBA combine or workouts for the NBA teams. We really anticipated that this would be the year he would enter the draft but that was also based on him having an injury-free year.”


Azubuike played in nine games before his injury and was averaging 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds a game. During his sophomore campaign in 2017-18, which resulted in a trip to the Final Four, he averaged 13.0 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game and made 77% of his field goal attempts.

Self added, “This is a big piece to anchor what could be a real fun year next season.”

You can read our 2018-19 Kansas Jayhawks season review here, but KU is still returning the majority of the line up from last year, including Marcus Garrett, Quentin Grimes, Devon Dotson Ochai Agbaji and others.

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