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Udoka Azubuike healthy and confident as he returns from wrist injury

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A season-ending left wrist injury limited Kansas 7-footer Udoka Azubuike to 11 games as a freshman. But now that he’s been cleared to return to basketball, the massive big man from Nigeria is picking up where he left off as he works himself into shape this summer.

“I feel confident in myself, coming back from injury,” Azubuike said Wednesday afternoon, after scoring 12 points (eight on dunks) in a scrimmage victory over former KU players at Bill Self’s basketball camp. “I feel great. I’m ready to come back, ready to start working.”

Azubuike said missing so much of the season was frustrating, but he now feels like he’s ahead of the curve entering his second season of college basketball, thanks to all he learned — even while not playing — over the course of the past several months.

“Just sitting out, watching practice, that was really big for me,” Azubuike said. “I kind of seen the little stuff, like what to do and what not to do, and I think that really helped me a lot.”

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