KU's Udoka Azubuike suffers season-ending hand injury

Marc LaVoie
January 07, 2019 - 7:34 am

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No. 5 Kansas will be without 7-footer Udoka Azubuike for the remainder of the basketball season after an MRI examination revealed a tendon tear in his hand, similar to an injury he suffered in the opposite hand that sidelined him in December 2016.

Azubuike is a 19-year-old junior center from Nigeria.

The injury is a significant blow to the team's depth. The preseason No. 1 Jayhawks have been playing without sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa, whose eligibility remains in question after his name surfaced in the FBI probe into apparel company Adidas.

Azubuike, who also missed time earlier this season with a sprained ankle, did not play in Saturday's lopsided 77-60 loss at Iowa State. The Jayhawks are 12-2 on the season.

Azubuike is expected to recovery fully from surgery and resume full basketball activities this summer, said KU Coach Bill Self.

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