Kansas senior Kevin Young is expected to miss the next two weeks with a broken bone in his hand.
The news was made available on Friday afternoon after Young was injured in Thursday’s practice. Head coach Bill Self said that Young broke one of the bones in the middle of his right hand.
Young had surgery on the hand on Friday and is expected to take the next ten days or so recovering. He will then return to the court and focus on shooting before fully being cleared to play again.
At 6-foot-8, Young is an original native of Perris, California and became one of the more consistent contributors for Self off the bench a season ago. Young averaged 3.4 points and 3.0 rebounds a year ago.
The 2011-12 season marked the first for Young in Lawrence after sitting out the 2010-11 season following his transfer from Loyola Marymount. He averaged 10.1 points per game back in 2009-10 as a sophomore.
As a senior, Young is expected to see an increase in minutes this season. While the injury will halt his preparation for the season, he is not expected to miss many games. Considering the timetable for Young’s return to the court, he could be available to play in the Jayhawks’ season opener against Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 9.
However, that game will be played exactly two weeks from Friday when Young had his surgery. If he cannot be healthy in time for the first game, it can only be expected that he will shoot for Kansas’ Nov. 13 tilt against Michigan State.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse