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Udoka Timothy Azubuike (/juːˈdoʊkə ˌæzəˈbuːki/; born September 17, 1999) is a Nigerian professional basketball player for the Salt Lake City Stars, on assignment from the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Azubuike was the youngest of 3, with two older brothers and two older sisters.[1] His father, Fabian, was a police officer, and his mother, Florence, was a middle school teacher.[2] Azubuike lost his father to an undiagnosed disease at the age of 10.[2] In 2012, he caught the attention of recruiters with Basketball Without Borders and was offered a scholarship to play basketball in the United States.[2]

Azubuike attended Potter's House Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. His then assistant coach Harry Coxsome and his wife Donna took care of him and soon became his legal guardians.[2] In his first high school game he was matched up against fellow future Kansas Jayhawk Joel Embiid.[2] Azubuike was a four-year starter averaging 16.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game his senior year.[3] Azubuike was selected to play in the 2016 McDonald's All-American Boys Game,[4] Jordan Brand Classic,[5] and Nike Hoop Summit.[6] He was also a member of the National Honor Society.[2]

He was rated by Rivals.com as a five-star recruit and was ranked as the 27th best overall player[7] while ESPN ranked him 22nd overall in the Class of 2016.[8] Azubuike received offers from many universities including Duke, Texas, Kentucky, and shortened his final list of colleges to Florida State, Kansas, and North Carolina.[9] On January 28, 2016, he announced his choice to play college basketball at the University of Kansas.[10]

In his freshman season he started in six of the 11 games he played in before tearing ligaments in his left wrist, which ended his season.[11] Before the injury, he averaged 5.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 62.9% field goal percentage.

For the 2017–2018 season, Kansas' coach Bill Self recruited Kansas football player James Sosinski to defend Azubuike during practice.[12] Udoka started every game of the regular season but missed the Big 12 tournament after spraining his left MCL.[13] He returned for the NCAA tournament until KU's loss to eventual champion Villanova in the Final Four.[14] He averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and led the nation with a 77% field goal percentage for the season.[15] His field goal percentage broke the single-season record for Kansas and the Big 12 Conference.[16] This high percentage was in part due to the majority of his field goals being slam dunks, which typically have a higher completion percentage than jump shots or layups. He had more dunks than any other college player going back to the 2009–2010 season.[17] He was awarded All-Big 12 third team by the conference's coaches[18] and second team by the AP.[19]

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