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Bill Self Addresses Lagerald Vick Situation

Lagerald Vick of the Kansas Jayhawks.

LAWRENCE, KANSAS - DECEMBER 01: Lagerald Vick #24 of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrates after making a three-pointer during the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Allen Fieldhouse on December 01, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kansas guard Lagerald Vick has been absent for several weeks, but head coach Bill Self has not forgotten him. The Jayhawks head coach even thinks there is a path to Vick returning to his side.

In a recent interview with The Kansas City Star, Self said he would welcome Vick back once his personal issues are resolved. Vick has been in Memphis since early-February on a leave of absence and has been dealing with "personal issues."

“Whenever he gets his stuff handled we’ll welcome him back,” Self told Sam Mellinger of The Star on Tuesday.

Vick was among Kansas' top contributors in the 23 games he played before his surprise leave of absence. He leads the team in minutes per game with 33.4, and is second on the team behind Dedric Lawson with 14.1 points per game.

He has led the team in scoring in six games this season, and had back-to-back games of 30 points early in the season.

The Jayhawks have managed to get by just fine without Vick in the interim though. The team has reeled off three straight wins against Oklahoma State, TCU, and West Virginia in the past two weeks.

But with the Big 12 tournament and March Madness less than a month away, the senior guard is poised to be a big contributor in Kansas' NCAA title chase.

The Jayhawks are currently third in the Big 12 standings, but are ranked higher than Kansas State and Texas Tech in the polls.

Vick has been out since February 7, when Self and his mother revealed that he was going to be spending an undetermined amount of time in Memphis to help with family issues.

[The Kansas City Star]