Four-star center Udoka Azubuike commits to Kansas

After pushing back his announcement a couple of times, Udoka Azubuike, a bruising and powerful post player, made his college commitment on Thursday.

Four-star recruit Udoka Azubuike made his college choice on Thursday, announcing for Kansas on national television.

Azbuike, who delayed making his decision multiple times, chose the Jayhawks over Florida State and North Carolina. He took official visits to all three schools. He was in Lawrence (Kans.) the weekend of the September 18th. 

Kansas was in dire need of post depth and this gives them a pair of post players in their current 2016 recruiting class. Azubuike, a 6-foot-10, 270-pound post player, joins three-star big man Mitch Lightfoot to make up their current class. 

A standout at Jacksonville (Fla.) Potter's House Christian, Azubuike is ranked as Scout's No. 36 overall prospect and the No. 7 center in the class. 

Assistant Norm Roberts was the point-man in the Azubuike recruitment for the Jayhawks. 


Brian Snow: Udoka is just a massive and powerful low post player. He is not someone who possesses a ton of skill, but his combination of strength and raw power is nearly unmatched in high school basketball. At times it appears that he is going to rip the basket down when he dunks it. The best think about Azubuike is that he knows what he is and stays in his lane. He didn't try to be something he isn't. So while he is limited to dunking and rebounding, he does have a solid role because he is so physically ready and can be someone who dominates on with size and strength.

Josh Gershon: Azubuike is a huge center with excellent physical attributes at 6-foot-11 in shoes and a 7-foot-5 wingspan. He's got wide shoulders and is already very strong; at the high school level he's truly a man playing amongst boys. Azubuike has a physical approach to the game, as he bullies his way around the basket and tries to dunk everything. Not necessarily a huge skill guy, Azubuike has a hook shot, but he's going to get the majority of his points on dunks. Azubuike's size and length give him upside on defense, while he also rebounds his area well.

Evan Daniels: What initially stands out about Udoka Azubuike is his pure size and strength. He possesses a thick frame and is considerably stronger than most of his peers. For that reason, he’s able to overpower the opposition in the paint and is able to carve out space on the block and in the lane when he’s pursuing rebounds. Right now his strength is rebounding his area, as he’s effective in an enforcer type role. Offensively, he’s limited outside of dunks, put backs and close range finishes, so the next step in his game is adding a go-to move on the block.

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