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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Ole Miss transfer Dwight Coleby still awaits his Kansas debut

Kansas forward Dwight Coleby (22) pushes his way through Washburn forward Brady Skeens (22) and guard Isaac Clark (15) during the first half, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Dwight Coleby (22) pushes his way through Washburn forward Brady Skeens (22) and guard Isaac Clark (15) during the first half, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Two games into the season, reserve post player Dwight Coleby still hasn’t made his Kansas debut.

A 6-foot-9, 240-pound junior who transferred to Kansas from Ole Miss, Coleby tore the ACL in his left knee in Sept., 2015, and spent his redshirt season undergoing therapy.

He is cleared to play, but as is common with athletes in their first year back from reconstructive knee surgery, he hasn’t regained all of his previous form.

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“There’s nothing that’s kept him from playing from my standpoint,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “We’re listing him as healthy. He’s practicing every day, it’s just that he doesn’t have the same bounce and quickness as he had last year prior to injury. He’s still working on getting it back. It’s not anything I’ve got against Dwight, but it’s really not fair for him or fair for the team if he really can’t move to the point that he needs to.”

As a sophomore at Ole Miss, Coleby averaged 5.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.9 blocked shots and 16.5 minutes per game. He scored in double figures six times and reached double figures in rebounds once.

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Self has used freshman Udoka Azubuike as the first big man off the bench, behind starters Landen Lucas and Carlton Bragg, and freshman Mitch Lightfoot as the second post-player reserve.

Coleby totaled 20 minutes, eight points and eight rebounds in exhibition games vs. Div. II opponents Washburn and Emporia State.

Comments

David Robinett 7 months, 1 week ago

Hang in there Dwight! Your time will come and it may be a crucial moment.

Suzi Marshall 7 months, 1 week ago

Based upon what we saw in the exhibition games, it does not look like it will be this year.

Harlan Hobbs 7 months, 1 week ago

I hope so, David. He's put in a lot of effort in trying to make a comeback from such a serious injury. He deserves a bit of good luck.

Rick Golden 7 months, 1 week ago

Looks like we could have used this scholarship elsewhere

Don Everett 7 months, 1 week ago

Real nice Rick Golden. He accepted the scholarship hoping he would get hurt and not get to play. Think about what you're saying before you start typing.

Jay Scott 7 months, 1 week ago

Coleby will be a factor before he's done at KU

David Robinett 7 months, 1 week ago

He might even be a big cheese, dare I say.

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