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Five-star 2016 center Udoka Azubuike selects Kansas

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Five-star Class of 2016 center Udoka Azubuike, one of the best remaining senior basketball prospects in the nation, ended his recruitment on Thursday and pledged to Kansas in a televised announcement.

The 6-foot-11, 270-pound Azubuike is considered the No. 27 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, according to Rivalsand he was recently announced to the prestigious Jordan Brand Classic and the McDonald’s All-American Game.

Choosing from his final four of Florida State, Kansas, N.C. State and North Carolina, Azubuike gives the Jayhawks a bruising center who can seal and score within five feet of the basket with the best of the them. Although Azubuike will need to improve his hands, range and touch, he’s a massive post prospect who should be able to rebound, score near the hoop and clog up the paint on defense.

With Kansas losing Perry Ellis, Hunter Mickelson and Jamari Traylor, Azubuike gives the Jayhawks another big body on the interior and he’s also an important commitment in case Cheick Diallo or Carlton Bragg decide to turn pro.

Azubuike helped a very good Georgia Stars team win the Peach Jam in the Nike EYBL this summer as he played in 25 games. The center averaged 13.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 66 percent from the field in EYBL play.

Azubuike joins three-star forward Mitch Lightfoot in Kansas recruiting efforts for the Class of 2016.

Top-15 2016 recruit Udoka Azubuike nearly brings down the hoop with one-handed dunk

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Basketball hoops had a tough week.

In California, 2017 recruit Cody Riley shattered a backboard with a left-handed dunk attempt at a summer showcase. Over in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Udoka Azubuike, one of the top big men in the Class of 2016, nearly brought down the entire goal with a strong, one-handed slam.

The 6-foot-11 Azubuike holds offers from Florida State, Kansas and Wake Forest and is considered the No. 13 overall player in the class, according to Rivals.

In 17 games in the Nike EYBL, Azubuike is averaging 13.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game for the Georgia Stars, a team that will compete in next month’s Peach Jam.

Spring mixtape of five-star 2016 big man Udoka Azubuike (VIDEO)

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Class of 2016 big man Udoka Azubuike has emerged as a top-ten player in the class this spring. The 6-foot-9, 260-pound Azubuike is currently the No. 7 player in the class, according to Rivals, and the native of Jacksonville, Florida had a productive spring with Nike Team Florida.

Azubuike averaged 13.9 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in 16 EYBL games this spring and also shot 71 percent from the field.

Florida and Florida State would love to keep Azubuike in the Sunshine State, but other schools from across the country will check out the center in the next few weeks during the live evaluation period.

(H/T: Courtside Films)