When Kansas freshman guard Devonte’ Graham went down with a toe injury a few weeks ago, it hurt in the standpoint that the Jayhawks were down to just one true point guard on the roster following the transferring of Conner Frankamp.
While there are others that could play the position in a pinch, the majority of the duties have fallen on Frank Mason. However, head coach Bill Self says others, most likely Wayne Selden could and should expect to step up to ensure that Mason never plays as many minutes as he did in last week’s 77-52 loss to Temple, where he played all 40.
“I do think we can eliminate that and I think Wayne is going to have to play the point,” Self said. “I think we have to play Wayne and Frank less minutes together so that way Wayne can replace Frank and hopefully Devonte', we can get some positive news on Devonte' in the next week or so that may allow him to get back in there at some point in time in the near future.”
Granted, Mason’s heavy use against Temple was not because of the depth issues with the loss of Graham, rather it was the lack of energy the Jayhawks came out with in their blowout loss to the Owls. Heading into the final two games of non conference play, expect to see Mason get some help at the position.
Nevertheless, expect to see Selden play a good deal of point in the coming games and weeks with Graham sidelined.
As for Graham, more should be known soon as to extent of his injury and his prognosis, which could determine what Self elects to do with the point guard position as conference play begins next week. In the meantime, Graham has had plenty of time to do pretty much nothing, which has been frustrating after a solid start to his season.
“He can't do anything,” Self said. “He can't even ride a bike. So, he's basically on the same workout plan that I'm on right now. But, he can't really do anything until the doctors look at him again, which will be this week. He'll see a doctor this week.”