Yesterday was the first day that college coaches were permitted to directly contact players from the Class of 2016. Yesterday, Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari called 2016 recruit Udoka Azubuike and offered him a scholarship.
Azubuike is a 6’10” center from Jacksonville, Florida and is rated by ESPN as a five-star recruit. He is also ranked by ESPN as the No. 2 center and as the No. 6 overall player in the Class of 2016. He has impressive size as he is not only tall, but also has a wingspan of 7’5″ and weighs 268 pounds.
Steve McLaughlin, Azubuike’s high school coach at Potter’s House Christian, talked about Azubuike with the Lexington Herald-Leader. “He’s a physically imposing, athletic freak,” McLaughlin said. “He’s a powerhouse. He finishes around the rim strong. He has a good back to the basket game. He can finish with the left-hand jump hook, the right hand jump hook. But he’s so physically imposing — he tries to dunk everything. He wants to dunk on everybody. Every time he’s on the court, he wants to send a message.”
Over the last couple of days, Azubuike has also been in contact with Duke, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, and UConn, among others. All of those schools have either extended scholarship offers or have indicated that they intend to do so within the next few days.
The first and only time that Calipari has seen Azubuike play in person was during the Nike EYBL in Sacramento, California earlier this spring. Evidently what Calipari saw was good enough to earn Azubuike a scholarship offer from Kentucky.
Azubuike is the fifth player from the class of 2016 with a confirmed scholarship offer from Kentucky. He joins M.J. Cage, Harry Giles, Thon Maker, and Jayson Tatum.