Updated as of 11/21/2020, scouting report written by Alan Lu.
2020 rankings were finalized on 11/17/20.
2020 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 45
Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round
2020 NBA Draft: Round 1, Pick 27 by the Utah Jazz
Strong finisher around the basket
Fairly good low post scorer
Has great hands
Fairly good defensive player
Gifted shot blocker
Possesses great strength
Has a long wingspan
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
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.
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
11/6/18 Kansas vs. Michigan State
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