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Bill Self happy to have Udoka Azubuike and Billy Preston in the mix

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University of Kansas basketball coach Bill Self was glad to see sophomore big man Udoka Azubuike back on the court with the Jayhawks, as the team performed drills in front of youth campers and then got into some five-on-five situations Tuesday afternoon.

“Today’s the first day he’s been back, and, you know, he’s out of shape, but he looks pretty good,” Self said of 7-footer Azubuike, who only got to play 11 games this past season, due to a wrist injury. “He makes a big difference from a physical standpoint. I realized what we missed last year just seeing him for 30 minutes today.”

Azubuike isn’t the only needed addition to KU’s frontcourt. Self also spoke highly of freshman forward Billy Preston, who just got to campus a few days ago.

“He looks as good as anybody we’ve had in here at the 4-spot, physically,” Self said of Preston. “He’s 6-10 and has got pretty good ball skills, and, you know, he’s a pretty good athlete. He’s got a lot to learn, but certainly I’m glad we got him.”

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