After going ‘back and forth’ on decision, Kansas’ Azubuike to return for junior year

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May 31, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) rejects a shot from Texas Tech guard Zhaire Smith (2) during the second half on Feb. 24 at United Supermarkets Arena. LAWRENCE JOURNAL WORLD/ NICK KRUG

College Basketball: Kansas Jayhawks.

Udoka Azubuike has decided to withdraw from the 2018 NBA draft and return to the University of Kansas for his junior season.

Azubuike, a 7-foot center from Nigeria, entered his name in the draft pool on April 20, but did not sign with an agent, thus keeping open his options of returning to school. Players without agents had until 10:59 p.m. Central time Wednesday to exit the draft if they wished to continue their college careers.

Azubuike’s mentor, Harry Coxsome, told The Star that “he decided sometime between last night and this morning.”

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