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Utah Jazz | #20 | Center-Forward











6'10" | 280lb | 22 years

Player Bio

Udoka Timothy Azubuike (pronounced you-DOE-kuh az-uh-BOO-kee) was born September 17, 1999 in Lagos, Nigeria. Lagos is the most populous city in Africa and a major seaport. He is the son of Fabian and Florence Azubuike. HIs father, a policeman, died tragically of an undiagnosed disease when Udoka was 10 years old. When he was 13, Udoka moved to the United States, escaping a Nigerian government in turmoil. Azubuike lived with a host family in Jacksonville, Florida while his mother, a middle school teacher, had to stay behind in Lagos. After a few months in Florida, Azubuike's host parents, Harry and Donna Coxsome, became his legal guardians. As a freshman in his first high school game for Potter's House Christian Academy, Azubuike faced future NBA star Joel Embiid, who was a senior. Embiid later helped recruit Azubuike to the University of Kansas, where the scholarly Azubuike spent four years. At Kansas, Azubuike was a three-time Academic All-Big-12 honoree and was named Big 12 Player of the Year after his senior season. Azubuike has also been a volunteer coach at the Special Olympics. He graduated with a degree in liberal arts and sciences. Fans can follow the big 7-footer on Twitter @TimUdoka.