Kansas got a welcome addition on Saturday when freshman point guard Devonte’ Graham returned to their lineup following a four week absence because of a turf toe injury. He missed six games, which stretch the team’s depth at the position,
Graham was good in his return, scoring six points and handing out six assists in 19 minutes of play. His return played a part in the success of the team’s offense in their 86-54 blowout of Texas Tech in Allen Fieldhouse.
"He's a ball handler, he's a true point guard, he can play with Frank (Mason) and he can get in the lane,” head coach Bill Self said. “He had six assists and no turnovers today and also had six rebounds, but he was dead tired. His conditioning isn't good at all but he will be better in a week. I was real pleased with him and hopefully he will be pain free tomorrow; which, if he is, will be a big step in the positive direction. You can tell, regardless if he's scoring or not, that we're a totally different team from being able to slide our feet and do some things that we don't do near as well if he isn't available to us."
Earlier last week, there was still a chance, he may not return and that Self could seek a medical redshirt, but on Friday, Graham found out that he would be returning. His 19 minutes and energy helped the Kansas offense greatly and following the win, it seems as if he’s back in gear, which will be vital to the Jayhawks going forward.
"I felt great,” Graham said. “The toe wasn't hurting and I just tried to come in and contribute the best way I could. The ovation I got as I walked on the court was great and made me more nervous."