The Kansas Jayhawks still have one domino left to fall regarding the 2018 NBA Draft, and it’s a big one.
7-foot center Udoka Azubuike still has yet to decide whether to stay or go, and Kansas coach Bill Self told the Lawrence Journal-World’s Matt Tait on Monday that he doesn’t know which way his big man is leaning.
According to Self, he still does not have a feel for whether Azubuike will stay in the draft or return to Kansas for his junior season. However, Self has been complimentary about the way Azubuike is going about the information-gathering process.
“I do think it’s good he’s gathering information to make a decision and we all approve of how he’s going about it,” Self told Tait.
Azubuike working for teams around his finals schedule
Self said that Azubuike has begun working out for NBA teams, scheduling his workouts around his finals schedule. Azubuike’s first workout came with the Los Angeles Lakers last Monday, an opportunity that Azubuike was hoping for since it fell between the end of classes and the start of finals.
But even though Azubuike’s finals schedule may limit his workout opportunities, he’ll have the chance to perform in front of all 30 teams at the NBA Combine in New York City from Wednesday through Sunday. However, Self said he’s not entirely sure whether Azubuike will get all the information he needs to make a proper decision based off the combine alone.
“He could,” Self said. “But I don’t know. If there are some teams that may want to bring him in afterwards, too, then I would think that would be something he would be interested in doing.”
Azubuike has a deadline of May 30 to make his final decision on declaring for the draft. Azubuike is one of the biggest and burliest players in the draft at 7-foot, 280 pounds, but hasn’t appeared in most major 2018 mock drafts.
Azubuike averaged 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds as a sophomore, his first year as a starter. If he returns, he’ll be the only member of Kansas’ starting five from the 2017-18 season coming back.