Without a guarantee, KU’s Udoka Azubuike says he’s ‘not in a hurry’ to go pro

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May 19, 2018 - 7:17 AM

CHICAGO — Kansas center Udoka Azubuike had a strong showing during the first day of scrimmages at the NBA draft combine here, but he knows that might not change the league’s perception of him as a prospect who could use another season or two at KU.

“Pretty much, I’m not in a hurry,” Azubuike said after scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbing six rebounds in 25 minutes. “If it is going to take me another year or what not, according to what the NBA says, (then) I’m going to go by what the NBA says.”

So, although Azubuike has not made an official decision on whether to return to KU, he said he would “pretty much” need a guarantee from a NBA franchise that it would select him in the first round of the 2018 draft in order to go pro now. And he does not appear in most mock drafts, so it’s unlikely he will receive such a guarantee.

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