KU's Udoka Azubuike named National Player of the Week

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike stands on the free throw line during an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Waco, Texas. Kansas won, 64-61. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - After a huge week capped off by a career high in rebounds against No. 1 Baylor, Kansas center Udoka Azubuike has received several accolades.

First, Azubuike was recognized by the Big 12. He was named the conference Player of the Week. This is the third time in the past five weeks Azubuike has earned the Big 12 player of the week award.

Soon after, he was honored nationally. Azubuike was selected as the Naismith Player of the Week. At the end of the season, the Naismith Trophy is awarded to the best player in college basketball.

During the week stretch he was honored for, Azubuike helped lead KU to two conference wins. He averaged 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in those victories over Iowa State and No. 1 Baylor. Against the Bears, the senior center had 23 points and 19 rebounds (a new single game career high for Azubuike) as KU snapped Baylor's 23 game winning streak.