Things just have not been going Kansas' way lately. But things have been particularly rough for sophomore guard Marcus Garrett, who has already missed several straight games with an ankle injury.
On Tuesday's edition of the Hawk Talk radio program, Kansas head coach Bill Self had a rather disheartening update on Garrett. He revealed that Garrett's progress with the injured ankle is "slow," and all but ruled him out for Saturday's game against West Virginia.
Via KU Hoops:
“I think he’s making some progress but it’s slow,” Self said. “The training staff … Bill (Cowgill, basketball trainer) feels that he’s not in a bad place at all, but he is in a bad place considering what we wish he was (health wise). With those high ankle sprains … I’ve never had one. I’ve had several ankle sprains but never had a high ankle sprain. That is a totally different feel and everything from a low one."
Self noted that the swelling on Garrett's ankle keeps occurring, and that he may be "weeks away from being 100 percent."
“When he works out and does certain things, sometimes swelling occurs again. He may be weeks away from being 100 percent. The reality of it is we thought it would be very hopeful and maybe realistic to get him back by Saturday. Based on where he is right now as of yesterday — I haven’t seen Marcus today — I don’t know that it (Saturday) is as realistic moving forward..."
Garrett has been averaging 7.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists while playing 28.8 minutes per game this season—all of which are higher than his freshman numbers. His assist mark is second on the team behind Devon Dotson.
He last appeared for the Jayhawks on January 29 in their 73-63 loss to Texas, playing for 26 minutes and grabbing five rebounds.
Garrett led the Jayhawks in assists and had 15 points back in their 65-64 loss to West Virginia.
The Jayhawks will need to avenge that loss without the services of their young guard.