Udoka Azubuike

Height: 6-11

Weight: 280

College: Kansas

Classification: Senior

Birthdate: 9/17/1999

2020 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 69

Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted

Pros:

Strong finisher around the basket

Fairly good low post scorer

Has great hands

Good rebounder

Fairly good defensive player

Gifted shot blocker

Mobile for a player his size

Possesses great strength

Good motor

Has a long wingspan

Cons:

Needs to improve his face-up game

Must extend his shooting range

Awful free throw shooter

Must expand upon his low post moves

Needs to improve his playmaking skills

May be quite raw offensively

Struggles to guard quicker players

Can be undisciplined defensively

Needs to improve his conditioning

Injury prone, also missed some time due to a knee injury

Summary:

Udoka Azubuike is a physical, bruising center that could project to be a defensive specialist in the association.  He is a really strong, specimen that can bang in the middle, as he will actively finish plays in the paint, and he also excels at rebounding and blocking shots for his team.​

On the other hand, he may be quite raw on offense, as he may not have much of a face-up game, and he may mostly rely on overpowering his opponents, and on using a simple jump hook to get scores in the post.  Azubuike also is not a very good passer, and he can also tend to pick up quick fouls.​

But when he was on the floor, he has had a noticeable impact as he could develop into a solid rim protector at the next level.  Azubuike will need to continue to make significant strides on offense, but if so, he could perhaps end up being a Brendan Haywood type of player in the NBA.

Links:

DraftExpress Profile

RealGM Profile

DraftSite Profile

NBADraft.Net Profile

2018 ESPN Draft Profile

Yahoo’s Article on Azubuike’s Knee Injury

The Kansas City Star’s Article on Azubuike Returning

Sports Illustrated’s Article On Azubuike Returning

The Spun’s Article on Azubuike’s Hand Injury