"He's fine but we just wanted to get him some confidence," said Bill Self. "By Thursday or Friday he will be full speed. I think his biggest problem is fatigue. His shoulder is tired but can be built up through strength training."
Lee returned to practice after five weeks of down time with a broken collarbone. A fractured clavicle is a very common injury among small children and athletes. Range of motion and strengthening exercises can begin as soon as the pain subsides. Lee had been rehabbing and doing non contact drills prior to last week. Athletes generally can not return to sports activities until full shoulder strength returns.
"I'm sure there is some soreness and everything. Hopefully (Michael Lee) isn't shooting it like he will a week from now but he is shooting pretty well."
Lee certainly seems eager to get back on the court. For the January 3rd Villanova game he persuaded Coach Self to let him suit up for the second half. Self agreed but chose to delay Lee's comeback a bit longer, keeping him safely tucked away for the the Big 12 opener in Colorado a few days later.
Lee is expected to play in the Kansas State game next week. The Jayhawks are enjoying a nine day stretch with no games.
"I think Wayne could use some time off. Keith could use some time off too because he has had a touch of the flu. I think it will be a bonus for us because we will be able to get Michael Lee in there and get him a lot of reps," said Self.
"(Lee) told me about a week ago he got tired shooting free throws. It's not physically, but he just has a different range of motion and is using muscles he hasn't used in awhile."
Lee will need those muscles as the tough conference schedule unfolds.
"He definitely adds something to our team -- no question," said Self.