The Kansas Jayhawks landed its second commitment in the 2016 recruiting class on Thursday evening when Udoka Azubuike, a 6-11 center at Potters House Christian in Jacksonville (FL), announced his pledge live on ESPNU. He chose Bill Self’s program over Florida State and North Carolina. The Jayhawks already had a commitment from Mitchell Lightfoot, a 6-8 forward at Gilbert (AZ) Christian. Azubuike is ranked among the top 30 players for the Class of 2016.
Udoka Azubuike, a 6-foot-11, 270-pound senior center from Potter’s House Christian in Jacksonville, Florida, who is ranked No. 27 nationally by Rivals.com, has orally committed to play basketball at Kansas University next season.
Azubuike chose KU over North Carolina and Florida State Thursday, in an announcement carried live by ESPNU. Earlier, the Class of 2016 big man also had Duke, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Cal, Auburn, Florida and others on his list.
“I spoke to Bill Self several times. I looked at the programs. I looked at everything. I did my background check on Kansas. I just had that good feeling I’m going to be productive in Kansas,” Azubuike said. “I feel very much inside of me I can go in and compete. I feel really confident in myself I can go to Kansas and really be productive.”
Azubuike, who played last summer for the Georgia Stars and in the past for Nike Team Florida, is originally from Nigeria. He wore a suit and silver tie for the announcement, placing a Kansas hat atop his head after declaring for KU.
He’s been in the United States for three years after being discovered at a Basketball Without Borders clinic. He averaged 17.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game last season and averages 16.9 points and 9.7 rebounds this season.