Florida center Udoka Azubuike has received a scholarship offer from Kentucky, his high school coach told the Herald-Leader.
Potter’s House (Fla.) coach Steve McLaughlin said that UK Coach John Calipari called Azubuike with the scholarship offer Sunday night, the first day that college coaches were permitted to directly contact players from the class of 2016.
Azubuike, a 6-foot-10, 265-pound prospect with a 7-5 wingspan, is ranked as high as No. 6 overall in the class by ESPN. McLaughlin said Calipari watched Azubuike play in person during the first Nike EYBL stop in Sacramento, Calif., earlier this spring.
That viewing was enough to warrant an offer from the Wildcats.
“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.
“He’s an animal, man. He’s the real deal.”
McLaughlin said Azubuike also has been in contact with Duke, Kansas, UConn, Florida and Florida State, among others, in the past couple of days. He said all of those schools have either extended scholarship offers or have indicated that they will do so in the next few days.
“They all want him bad,” McLaughlin said.
And for those curious UK fans: Azubuike is not related to former Wildcats star Kelenna Azubuike.
“Everybody asks me that, but they’re not related,” his coach said.
Azubuike is the fifth player from the class of 2016 with a confirmed scholarship offer from Kentucky, joining Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, M.J. Cage and Thon Maker.