Kansas hope­ful Azubuike re­turns by Jan­uary

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SCOREBOARD -

Kansas coach Bill Self is hope­ful that in­jured cen­ter Udoka Azubuike will be back on the floor by the time the sec­ond-ranked Jay­hawks open Big 12 play against Ok­la­homa on Jan. 2.

The 7-footer sus­tained a se­vere high an­kle sprain when he landed awk­wardly on a Wof­ford player early in the Jay­hawks’ 72-47 rout on Tues­day night. Azubuike was still not putting much weight on the an­kle Thurs­day, Self said, but he could be mov­ing in a walk­ing boot by the week­end.

Azubuike is av­er­ag­ing 12.1 points and 6.1 re­bounds this sea­son.

High school cen­ter Ver­non Carey com­mit­ted to Duke. Carey said dur­ing a na­tion­ally tele­vised cer­e­mony at his high school that he chose the Blue Devils over North Carolina and Michi­gan State. The 6-foot10 Carey is rated as the na­tion’s No. 2 cen­ter in the 2019 re­cruit­ing class by 247sports.com, and will be­come the lat­est blue-chip big man to play at Duke.

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