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Agbaji and Azubuike at Nike Skills Camp

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10 months 3 weeks ago #23352 by HawkErrant
Rivals - Corey Evans: Nike Skills Camp Takeaways
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Nike Skills Academy has become a must-attend event for high-ranking NBA scouts and personnel that want to get a better pulse on the top high school and college talent in basketball. Rivals.com Basketball Recruiting Analyst Corey Evans dishes out several takeaways from his time in California.


Ochai Agbaji passed the eye test

He didn’t have a tremendous camp but whenever it comes to the immediate eye test, many were stumped at how Agbaji was a potential full-year redshirt candidate at Kansas last year. He still showed that he has more room to grow before he settles into the off-guard spot that could ultimately be his long-term position in the NBA. However, Agbagi is a Herculean figure at 6-foot-5 and just over 210 pounds. He should be Kansas’ primary lock-down defender next season.

Udoka Azubuike wins the measurement test

The last time that most of us heard about Azubuike, it was regarding the ligament tear that he suffered in his right hand that ultimately led to the redshirt being taken off of Ochai Agbaji. Back and fully healthy, Azubuike still has a ways to go in the skill department but when it comes to rim-running, dump-off dunking and rebounding, not many do it better than the Kansas star. This all is enforced further by his 7-foot-8 wingspan. A plus-nine wingspan on a center that weighs more than 275 pounds and competes on each possession is difficult to stop at the college level. Questions continue to circulate about his ultimate fate at the NBA level, but that shouldn’t stop his efficiency numbers from soaring at KU this winter.

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10 months 3 weeks ago #23353 by CorpusJayhawk
Udoka is one of the big unknowns of this season. Last year I was a little critical of the ability of Dedric and Udoka to compliment each other early on. But once Udoka went down, it became more and more obvious that Udoka was a critical cog in the Jayhawks machine and the team was clearly better with him than without him. But last year was a behavioral health science experiment in many ways for the team, and a failed one at that (Vick, C. Moore, KJ, Grimes), Silvio being out). This season I am much more sanguine going into the season than last. (Much much much more). But Udoka is still somewhat of an enigma. He has really only played 1 full season and it was a very good season. His physical ability alone is very significant at the collegiate level. Along with Big Dave and Silvio, we should wear a lot of teams down and dominate the last 10 minutes of games. That combined with a deep back court that can run other teams out of the gym if needed. I am betting that Self will find the recipe for this team that uses Udoka effectively. I just hope he can stay healthy.

On another note, Enaruna played quite well in the recent tourney but shot poorly from the arc. Not sure if that is a valid indication of his potential. After all, Grimes dominated the summer before his freshman season and went on to have a super ho-hum rookie season. The starting lineup for this upcoming season is way up in the air. Smart money would say Udoka, Silvio, Marcus, Ochai and Devon. But Moss, Enaruna and Wilson could all challenge for that other starting position. Even Braun sounds like he might be in the mix.

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