Ernest Udeh Jr.
A true big man who is long and athletic … Plays with energy and runs the floor well … One of three McDonald’s All-Americans in KU’s freshmen class, along with Gradey Dick and MJ Rice.
Shot 75.6% from the field, including a KU record 21 consecutive from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28, a span of 17 games … Averaged 8.3 minutes, 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game … Finished with 20 steals, 18 blocks and 53 rebounds on the season … In his KU debut vs. Omaha (11/7) he finished with five points and five rebounds along with a block and a steal … Had a season-high four blocked shots vs. Duke (11/15) … Had a career-high 10 points vs. Seton Hall (12/1) … Posted career-highs with six rebounds vs. Kansas State (1/31) to go along with three blocked shots and a steal.
A McDonald’s All-American following his senior season at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida … Averaged 13.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game his senior season in 2021-22 … Recorded 10.1 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game as a junior at Dr. Phillips HS in winning the state title … Had 13 rebounds and six blocked shots in the 2021 state championship game … Played for coach Ben Witherspoon at Dr. Phillips … Played for Southeast Elite AAU Program in Florida … Ranked No. 23 by ESPN100, No. 31 by 247sports.com and No. 32 by Rivals.com.
Full name is Ernest Maduabuchi Udeh Jr. … Born in Orlando, Fla. … Mother is ChiChi Udeh … Has two younger siblings – Gabriella and Emmanuel … Hobbies include listening to music, drawing, making music beats, working out, gaming and dancing … Can play the drums … Was recruited heavily by numerous power five schools and also the Overtime Elite professional hoops league … Marketing major.