One of the most physically dominant players in the class of 2016 is Udoka Azubuike. Headed to play for Bill Self and Kansas next season, Azubuike has big expectations and is enjoying the McDonald’s All-American experience.
“It is an amazing experience for me,” said Azubuike of the McDonald’s Game. “To play against and with the best of the best is just great, and it is fun to get out there and compete.”
Since coming to the United States Azubuike has been known as a dominant power player on the low block, but now he is working hard to be more complete as a scorer.
“I have been working a lot on my hook shot. I am getting very comfortable. Everybody says I just dunk all the time so I have just been working on hook shot and my jump shot a lot to get comfortable doing that.
Next season Azubuike will suit up for Kansas. Kansas does project to have some solid returners on the frontcourt, but Azubuike feels like the Jayhawks system fits him perfectly, and he expects to have a good season as a freshman in Lawrence.
“Pretty much I think I fit in well with their high-low game,” said Azubuike. “I think I fit perfectly in their system with their style of play.”
At the moment Azubuke isn’t going in with any preconceived notions. His goal is simply to work hard and do everything he can to get on the court right away and help the Jayhawks win games.
“My expectations are just to get better and keep improving,” he explained. “I know when I get there they will keep helping me get better, so I want to dominate as best I can.”
With Cheick Diallo potentially leaving for the NBA Draft, more playing time than expected could be available, and Azubuike is physically ready to step in right away, and Self and his coaching staff are hoping he is ready to be a key contributor on the low block.