Illinois, UK Remain
Julius Lamptey and Kelenna Azubuike were once AAU teammates competing together for championships. On Saturday, they were adversaries competing for a state title.
Lamptey and Oklahoma City Northeast defeated Victory Christian to capture the state championship. Azubuike had a poor shooting night (9-for-27) and finished with 29 points. He finished the year averaging 39.1 points, scoring a total of 1,016 on the season.
Putting up numbers like that is sure to draw the attention of college recruiters. The 6-6 Azubuike, once committed to Oklahoma, is now looking at two programs.
Illinois and Kentucky are two schools in the hunt for his services right now. Illinois has a standing offer on the table, and UK looks like it's in the process of making a decision. "Kentucky's been here twice in the playoffs," head coach Joe Mercier said. "Actually, three times. (Mike) Sutton and Tubby (Smith) were here Saturday night.
"They haven't said to me that they are offering but they've been here. Right now, those are the only two schools that he's considering."
The all-time scoring record in the state of Oklahoma is 3,639. Azubuike finished his remarkable career with 3,530 points for a cumulative four-year average of 32.1 points. During that time, he also averaged 11.5 rebounds. He scored over 1,000 points in each his junior and senior seasons.
He scored all these points while shooting 60% from the field during his four years. He shot 73% from the line during that time.
Azubuike has made no secret of his desire to get to the NBA. His high school coach says that NBA scouts have been to all of the playoff games. Kelenna will play at the Jordan Brand Capital Classic and also the Kentucky Derby Classic.