Kansas junior Udoka Azubuike will have surgery to repair a ligament tear in his right hand, causing him to miss the remainder of his junior season.
Coach Bill Self said “Udoka had an MRI done this morning and the MRI revealed he tore the same ligament in his right hand that he tore in his left hand his freshman season (Dec. 2016). This occurred in practice on Friday (Jan. 4) and although the initial x-rays did not reveal the extent of the injury, the MRI did and it will require season-ending surgery. The surgery date will be set early this week. The doctors expect a complete recovery and Udoka will be able to assume full basketball activities at some point this summer.”
Losing a center like Azubuike is a huge loss to the #5 team in the country, as they are also have eligibility issues with Silvio De Sousa. Azubuike has had some solid games this year averaging 13.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. Currently projected to be a mid to late round 2nd pick on our board, this should not impact the first round, but it could force the junior to return for his senior season.