Simien's right-shoulder injury is deja-vous for the big man, as it's eerily similar to the injury he suffered to the same shoulder at the close of his high school career.
Is this the last we'll see from Wayne on the court this season?
"It could [be]. But that's the last thing I'm thinking about right now,'' Simien said in an interview from ESPN.com. "I'm trying to stay as positive as I can. Of course, it's frustrating. But I'm going to do everything possible to get back.''
Wayne is the leading rebounder for the Jayhawks, tallying nearly 10 rebounds per game and scoring more than 17 rebounds points per contest.
Latest Update (Monday January 20, 1:34 pm, CST)
Coach Williams stated in weekly Big 12 Conference Call that Wayne had been spending significant time shooting the basketball. He went on to say that Wayne will be evaluated "mid-week", and that as of right now he doesn't forsee Wayne playing against Arizona on Saturday.
Update (Monday, January 6, 12:47 am, CST)
- Simien left with the team earlier today for the Iowa State game, but no further updates on his medical condition are as yet available.
Update (Saturday, January 4, 6:20 pm, CST)
- Injury Video Courtesy ESPN.com
- Coach Williams said in his postgame comments from kuathletics.com, "It stopped being fun for our family sitting on that bench. Wayne's shoulder is dislocated. It is the same shoulder that he had surgery on during his senior year of high school. Now the shoulder is back in place and they have it strapped up. The doctors will look at him again tonight. It is too early to say what might happen. It would all be guesses at this time. After talking to Dr. Magee, we will not do anything for the next week to 10 days nothing will happen. We will just see how he responds to some rehab during that time. The doctors do not know and I don't know so there is no sense in guessing. He went up to block the shot and his hand hit the rim. That jarring motion is what popped it out."
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