KU basketball player to get special visit during Final Four weekend

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One KU basketball player will be getting a special visit this weekend from someone he hasn’t seen in a long time.

Sophomore center Udoka Azubuike hasn’t seen his mom since he was a freshman in high school. His mom, Florence Azuonuwu, of Delta, Nigeria, has never seen him play basketball. 

KU Athletics announced Thursday that Udoka’s mom would be making the trip to San Antonio to see her son compete in the NCAA Final Four. 

“For Doke to be able to share his experience at the Final Four with his mom is something neither of them will ever forget,” said KU Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger. “You can see it in Doke’s face whenever we discuss it.”

KU Athletics said many people helped with the process including U.S. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder, 

Others who helped with the process include U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Stuart Symington IV; Cecily Brewer, Senior Desk Officer, Nigeria, U.S. Department of State; Sherman Grandy of the U.S. Consulate in Lagos; and several members of the U.S. Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria: Laura Fields, Megan Moore and Carol Cox.

“We are thankful to them for going above and beyond to help Udoka and his mom,” said Zenger.

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