CPP Top 100: #69 Udoka Azubuike

Duke guard Luke Kennard (5) shoots against Kansas guard Lagerald Vick (2) and center Udoka Azubuike (35) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in New York. Kansas won 77-75. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!

Udoka Azubuike

Kansas

C 7’1”

Sophomore

2016-2017 stats: 5.0 PPG 4.4 RPG 1.6 BPG

Why he is here

Udoka Azubuike last year started early games in place of Landen Lucas and Carlton Bragg, mostly for his defense and ability to rebound as a freshman. Unfortunately in December Azubuike broke his wrist and missed the remainder of the season due to that injury. In few games last year he showed his potential if he developed his game and improved his stamina, over the offseason he has reportedly dropped 20 pounds and appears to be prepared to hold down the slot at Center next year.

Role on this years team

This year Azubuike will start at Center probably be playing around 25-30 minutes a game. His rebounding, interior defense and shot blocking will be a major key for the Jayhawks, and don’t count out his post game as he will be bigger and stronger than most players he will play against. Overall look for him to be near that 10 point, 10 rebound and 5 blocks per game mark statistically this season.

College season/ NBA Prospects

Udoka Azubuike is a big guy which is helpful, however conditioning was the big issue last year for him. If he can continue to improve his overall game, from conditioning, interior defense, scoring, and shot blocking, there’s no doubt he’ll be an NBA Draft pick. Right now he’s considered a prospect but if he can prove that potential he will be in the NBA one day.

Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player