Center Azubuike to return to Kansas for senior season



April 23, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) walks past head coach Bill Self during an NCAA Tournament national semifinal on March 31, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas. Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/TNS

Kansas junior center Udoka Azubuike, who played just nine games this past season because of injury, has decided to return to KU for his senior season.

Azubuike, a 7-foot, 270-pound native of Delta, Nigeria, averaged 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds a game in 2018-19. He tore a ligament in his right hand and had surgery in early January. The injury was similar to a torn tendon in his left hand sustained in December 2016 that shelved him the rest of his freshman campaign.

“We’re all very excited about Udoka making the decision not to enter the (NBA) draft,” KU basketball coach Bill Self said in a release. “Unfortunately for him, injury is the reason as he still cannot participate (at) 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.”

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