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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Prep Azubuike doesn’t announce college choice after all

Kansas University basketball recruiting

Kansas University basketball recruiting

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Udoka Azubuike, a 6-11 senior center from Potter’s House Christian in Jacksonville, Florida, did not announce his choice on Sunday at the Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts, as originally planned.

Kansas University assistant basketball coach Jerrance Howard was in attendance Sunday as Azubuike, the No. 27-ranked player in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com, scored six points with nine rebounds in a loss to Westtown (Pennsylvania) School. Mohamed Bamba, a 6-11 junior, had 13 points, 16 rebounds and 10 blocks for the winning team. He’s ranked No. 5 in the Class of 2017.

“Really not surprised that Udoka Azubuike will pass on announcing today. Behind scenes sounds like there have been many changes of heart,” tweeted Eric Bossi of Rivals.com.

Comments

Joe Joseph 1 year, 9 months ago

A change of heart seems like a good thing if he was leaning towards FSU. This would be a huge get for HCBS!

Aaron Paisley 1 year, 9 months ago

Azubuike delaying probably isn't a good thing for KU. 24/7 and others were reporting that FSU had been cut and he was going to sign with KU. Supposedly UNC getting more involved is tge reason Azubuike delayed his decision and that Azubuike is back to square one for his decision. Not necessarily a good thing for KU.

Joe Ross 1 year, 9 months ago

Between UNC, FSU and Kansas, Kansas is at the most geographical disadvantage. I hope we get the kid, though. He's a beast.

Jay Scott 1 year, 9 months ago

A week ago he was a lock for FSU. 72 hours ago, maybe not. 48 hours ago he was likely coming to Kansas. No big who hopes to play as a frosh is signing at KU until Diallo declares.

Allin Herring 1 year, 9 months ago

Sound more like he got his lunch eaten by Mohamed Bama and changed hos mind about signing anywhere. Maybe we need to be Looking harder at Bama?

Brett McCabe 1 year, 9 months ago

Maybe we withdrew the offer after watching him play.

Joe Ross 1 year, 9 months ago

Very unlikely. Kid must have had an off game. He's an absolute beast and his ranking speaks for itself. This coaching staff has seen him play before.

Robert Brock 1 year, 9 months ago

His opponent, Bamba had two points at the half. Then Azubuike's team did a meltdown.

Chris Shaw 1 year, 9 months ago

There was a guy on the shiver at the game last night. Said neither kid got the ball much from their teammates. Didn't play through the post much.

Jay Scott 1 year, 9 months ago

None of the few top tier bigs remaining are going to sign with Kansas until Diallo decides what he's doing next year. A front court of Bragg, Lucas, Diallo, Coleby (and Lightfoot) isn't going to afford minutes to a player who wants to play as a freshman. It also means Kansas is the front runner for the National Title.

Harlan Hobbs 1 year, 9 months ago

You are probably right Jay. Diallo is the big question mark. I just hope that the NBA people are honest with him. If they truly believe that he should be a one and done, then "ok". However, the fact is that he is nowhere near skilled enough at this point to make an impact. If they draft on potential only, then they will probably back of the money truck to him.

Bragg is as outside possibility, but he doesn't yet have the "potential" resume that Diallo has.

Would love to see a front court of Diallo, Bragg, Lucas, Coleby and Lighfoot next year. They would have all of the tools and fit nicely with what should be a strong back court, even if Wayne Selden doesn't return.

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