Udoka Azubuike will return to KU for his senior season

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (KAKE) -

Kansas Jayhawk center Udoka Azubuike will return to school for his senior season, Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self announced on Monday. 

"We're all very excited about Udoka making the decision not to enter the (NBA) draft," Self said in a statement. "Unfortunately for him, injury is the reason as he still cannot participate what would be the NBA combine or workouts for the NBA teams. We really anticipated that this would be the year he would enter the draft but that was also based on him having an injury-free year."

Azubuike only played in nine games last year before a season-ending wrist injury. He averaged 13.4 PPG and 6.8 RPG in 2018-19. 

"Udoka knows that he still has some unfinished work left in college and at the University of Kansas and he has let us know that he is very excited about the potential for next year's team and the role in which he would have," said Self. "I am sad he got hurt but happy for our program because if things fall the way that we think they could potentially fall, this is a big piece to anchor what could be a real fun year next season."