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Udoka Azuibuike (Nigeria) – Kansas Jayhawks
Coach Bill Self is used to recruiting international players with great upside and a lot of work to reach their potential. It was the case for Joel Embiid, who showed daily improvement in his lone season at Lawrence. The last two seasons the focus was on Sviatoslav Mykhaiulik, who started working with coach Self and his staff when he was 16 years old and will be a future building block of Kansas basketball. The last name to follow this path is the Nigerian Azubuike, a 6-9, 18 years old center with a 7-5 wingspan and weight issues.
He has a solid right-handed half hook, his go-to move, and can score off of put-backs. He does not have a great IQ, he makes the wrong choices, can’t read passing lanes and has limited moves under the rim. On the defensive side, he is prone to losing focus: on those occasions he gets into the right spot and follows the driving guard he might end up with a block, but most of the time he is out of position. Still, there are only a few universities where an African big man should move to if he is really committed, and Kansas is one of them. He made the right choice.