With Brandon Rush getting closer and closer to his return, it looked like the Jayhawks would be firing on all cylinders very soon.
That plan took a major hit on Monday with the announcement that sophomore guard Sherron Collins will be out for six weeks after undergoing surgery for a stress fracture in his foot.
“The surgery was performed to correct a stress fracture that came to light this morning when Sherron was x-rayed,” according to head coach Bill Self. “Sherron sprained his ankle last night and was very sensitive to the touch after the game. The sprained ankle aggravated an existing stress fracture that required surgery.”
It’s unfortunate news for Kansas fans and for Sherron. Collins opened up the regular season with a 22-point performance and was the team’s leading scorer through two games. The 5-11 Crane High School standout ended the summer in outstanding shape and ready to embrace a starting role for Self. No one knows exactly how long Collins has had the stress fracture in his left foot but Sherron seemed to have regained some of the quickness and explosiveness he lost after suffering knee problems late last season.
Resting the foot and seeing if the injury healed on its own was an option but Self and Collins decided that was too big an “if” and surgery was the only other option. Self anticipates Collins’ return prior to Big 12 action but KU fans will likely have to wait for the New Year to see a complete roster.
As it is with any injury, it will provide an ample opportunity for players like Rodrick Stewart, Jeremy Case, and Tyrel Reed to show their stuff during Sherron’s absence. It’s cliché but in the end, KU may become a better team with even more polished and confident weapons in the backcourt.
“This will give some of our younger players an opportunity to share Sherron’s minutes,” Self said. “We also look forward to having a healthy Brandon Rush competing in a short amount of time.”