Udoka Azubuike

Updated as of 6/26/2020, scouting report written by Alan Lu.

Height: 6-11
Weight: 280
College: Kansas
Classification: Senior
Birthdate: 9/17/1999

2020 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 36
Projected Draft Range: Late 1st to 2nd Round

Pros:

Strong finisher around the basket
Fairly good low post scorer
Has great hands
Good rebounder
Fairly good defensive player
Gifted shot blocker
Solid athlete
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
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.  He will actively finish plays in the paint, as he can also make numerous plays above the rim, and he also excels at rebounding and blocking shots for his team.​

On the other hand, he does not have much of a face-up game, and he may mostly rely on overpowering his opponents 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’s 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

Games Scouted:

11/11/16 Kansas vs. Indiana

11/15/16 Kansas vs. Duke

11/14/17 Kansas vs. Kentucky

12/2/17 Kansas vs. Syracuse

1/23/18 Kansas vs. Oklahoma

2/6/18 Kansas vs. TCU

5/17/18 NBA Draft Combine

5/18/18 NBA Draft Combine

11/6/18 Kansas vs. Michigan State

11/5/19 Kansas vs. Duke

1/8/20 Kansas vs. Iowa State

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