Kansas center Udoka Azubuike dunks often in Jayhawks’ Italy win

LAWRENCE, KS - NOVEMBER 25: Udoka Azubuike
LAWRENCE, KS - NOVEMBER 25: Udoka Azubuike /

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike went on a dunking spree over in Italy.

You can be forgiven if the name Udoka Azubuike doesn’t ring a bell when you hear it. The Kansas Jayhawks’ sophomore center played just 10 games last season before a wrist injury sidelined him for the remainder of his freshman campaign.

Don’t be surprised, though, if Azubuike becomes more of a household name during the 2017-18 season. Kansas opened a four-game stint in Italy with a 90-56 win over HSC Roma/Stella Azzurra, a team primarily comprised of 18 and 19-year-olds, and Azubuike was the star, unleashing a series of ferocious dunks during the first half.

He unloaded his first monster slam to start the second quarter, drawing an and-one in the process:

The 7-footer followed that one up by showing some nice touch on the catch before shaking the basket:

It was Azubuike’s final dunk of the first half, though, that was the big story as he finished an alley-oop lob from point guard Devonte’ Graham, moving the basket in the process:

After the big man’s final slam of the first half, the game had to be paused as the arena crew tried to figure out both how to move it back into position and how to reinforce it from future damage at the hands of Azubuike.

Hilariously, it seems the 7-footer had a chat with someone at halftime about his dunking shenanigans. On Azubuike’s first dunk attempt of the second half, he had a chance to tear the rim down and instead lightly passed it through the basket without even touching the rim:


Kansas head coach Bill Self already has plenty of faith in the big man’s ability to be a major contributor this season. I doubt he needed these dunks to prove it, but they certainly didn’t hurt.

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Self called Azubuike “maybe as talented a big man as we’ve ever recruited” at a camp last summer. Now, the 7-footer will have a chance to show it. We’ll just need to make sure he has some more stable rims to dunk on.