KU's Azubuike's coming back for senior year

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) celebrates after making a basket during the first half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament second-round game against Seton Hall Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Wichita, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- The University of Kansas' star center Udoka Azubuike will be back.

Jayhawks' head coach Bill Self announced Monday the seven-footer will be back for his senior season. Self attributed Azubuike's decision to a wrist injury that means he won't be able to participate in NBA combines nor work out for any NBA teams.

The team had expected 2018-19 would be Azubuike's final year in Lawrence, however they based that on him having an injury-free year, Self added.

"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," Self said.

Azubuike only played in nine games for the Jayhawks last season, averaging 13.4 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game, before the wrist injury ended his season.

"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," Self added.

Going into his junior season, Azubuike was considered a candidate for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year award. He was also on the pre-season All-Big 12 Honorable Mention list.