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Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) accepts the applause of the crowd after getting a bucket and a Texas foul during the second half on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Jazz GM believed Azubuike was 'best player available' when Utah picked at No. 27 in Wednesday's NBA draft

Former Kansas big man Udoka Azubuike has a new home and those who brought him there believed he was “the best player available” on Wednesday night, when the Utah Jazz made him the 27th overall pick in the NBA draft. By Matt Tait

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Big 12 coaches pick Udoka Azubuike as Player of the Year, name Marcus Garrett top defender

The Kansas men’s basketball team cleaned up on Sunday, earning several all-conference honors from the league’s coaches including player of the year and defensive player of the year. By Matt Tait

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Benton Smith: Udoka Azubuike's influence on both ends makes him KU's MVP

Ranked No. 1 in the country and saddled with just three losses on the season, the Kansas men's basketball team has had plenty of things go right during the past few months. And there are three players who typically receive most of the credit for that. Each has had his stretch — or stretches — in which he has carried the team and helped make Kansas the legitimate national title contender it appears to be. And all three, when clicking at the same time, have made Kansas nearly unstoppable. So which one has been KU's most valuable player? Here are the cases for Udoka Azubuike, Devon Dotson and Marcus Garrett as KU's 2019-20 team MVP.

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KU big man Udoka Azubuike focused more on impact than numbers

For a player the size of Kansas center Udoka Azubuike, being subtle is not something that comes naturally on the basketball court. However, slowly but surely throughout his KU career, that’s exactly how the 7-foot, 265-pound senior has started to understand his place in the game and on the floor. By Matt Tait


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