The depth in an already thin Kansas basketball frontcourt became much shallower on Wednesday, when the Jayhawks learned that a wrist injury suffered by 7-foot freshman Udoka Azubuike during Tuesday’s practice will cost the 17-year-old big man the rest of the season.
“Udoka tore ligaments to his left wrist in practice Tuesday that will require surgery and he will miss the remainder of the season,” KU coach Bill Self said in a news release. “Surgery should take place in the next few weeks and doctors are confident he will make a full recovery and be full-speed sometime this summer.”
…“We all feel bad for Udoka,” Self said. “He has worked so hard and has put himself in a position to have a tremendous impact on this year’s squad. This is a blow to our team, but I know that we will rally around this and Udoka will work hard to ensure a full recovery.”
Kansas men's basketball head coach Bill Self is a first-time nominee for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the 'Hoop Hall' announced Wednesday – the 125th Birthday of Basketball.
Kansas senior guard Frank Mason III has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week as voted on by a media panel which covers the league, the conference announced Monday. Mason is receiving the honor for the second time in 2016-17, as he also earned the accolade Nov. 16.
In two Kansas victories last week, Mason averaged 24.0 points, including a career-high-tying 30 points in Kansas' 105-62 win against UMKC (12/6). The Petersburg, Virginia, guard led KU with 18 points in the 89-72 win versus Nebraska (12/10). For the week, Mason had 12 assists with no turnovers and shot 69.6 percent from the floor, including 72.7 percent from 3-point range.
Mason has led Kansas in scoring in eight of 10 games this season and ranks second in the Big 12 with 20.8 points per game. He also ranks among the Big 12 leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (second at .548), assists (third at 5.5), field goal percentage (fourth at .587) and 3-pointers made (fourth at 2.3).