When healthy, Kansas center Udoka Azubuike is one of the best centers in college basketball. But that’s been a big “if” for two of his three years for the Jayhawks.
However, the Kansas Jayhawks just got an injury update for Azubuike that bodes very well for the start of the 2019-20 season.
According to KUSports, Azubuike has been cleared to return to basketball activities. His return comes five months after undergoing surgery for a torn ligament in his right hand.
Azubuike ultimately played in just nine games last season. He averaged 13.4 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game while averaging just over 20 minutes played per appearance.
In an interview on Tuesday, Kansas head coach Bill Self indicated that the team is limiting expectations in the short term. He noted that Azubuike isn’t quite ready for full speed or contact practices yet, and has only recently been able to hold the basketball.
“He hasn’t been full speed or contact yet… They let him put a ball in his wrist about the last 4-6 weeks, but no contact. … We’ll probably bring him in slowly, but he can start working out and there shouldn’t be any limitations.”
Nevertheless, the news bodes well very well for Azubuike when the season starts in the fall.
The 7-foot-0 Azubuike was healthy for the 2017-18 season, and rewarded the Jayhawks with 34 starts, 13.0 points per game, and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds per game.