Former Jayhawk Udoka Azubuike injured in G League opener
Former Kansas center Udoka Azubuike, now in his rookie season with the NBA’s Utah Jazz, was taken off the court on a stretcher after injuring his right ankle in a G League game on Wednesday afternoon.
Reports and videos of the injury first surfaced on Twitter, showing Azubuike landing awkwardly on the ankle after shooting a short jump hook late in the game between Azubuike’s Salt Lake City Stars and the Eerie BayHawks.
The game was the first of Salt Lake City’s G League season, which is being played entirely in Orlando, Fla., in a bubble similar to the one the NBA used to complete its 2019-20 season.
According to the Deseret News, Azubuike, 21, played 28 minutes with 8 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in Wednesday’s game, which the BayHawks won, 117-98.
The Stars did not immediately announce the severity of Azubuike’s injury. The former Jayhawk has played in 12 games for the Jazz this season, averaging 1 point and 1.1 rebounds in 4.1 minutes per game.
The injured ankle was the same one Azubuike hurt against Wofford in December of 2018 that forced him to miss a few games during his second injury-plagued season as a Jayhawk.
Azubuike suffered a wrist/hand injury shortly thereafter, which forced him to miss the rest of the 2018-19 season. He responded by returning to school for his senior season and turning in an All-American season with the Jayhawks in 2019-20.
That led to him being drafted No. 27 overall by Utah in the 2020 NBA draft.