Kansas hopeful Azubuike returns by January
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.