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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Kansas coach Bill Self says senior PG Marcus Garrett ‘feeling much better’ after missing Tuesday’s game

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) heads up the court after a steal during the second half on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett (0) heads up the court after a steal during the second half on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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One night after watching his team win on the road without him, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self said senior point guard Marcus Garrett was getting closer to a return.

“I understand he’s feeling much better today,” Self said during his “Hawk Talk” radio show on Wednesday night. “And (he) may just need another day.”

Garrett missed Tuesday’s game with a head injury that he suffered late in last Saturday’s loss to Texas after being inadvertently hit in the face by a flying arm from Jericho Sims on a rebound attempt.

Garrett did not practice Sunday or Monday, and he tried to do a little at Tuesday’s shoot-around. But Self said the decision to hold him out was made just before the Jayhawks loaded the bus at the team hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, to head to the arena.

“Marc is a competitor and all those things,” Self said on Wednesday night. “And the medical staff wanted to make sure that he was good to go before we even thought about putting him out there. The bottom line was he still had some symptoms. So there was no decision to be made on that.”

Redshirt freshman Dajuan Harris started in Garrett’s place and finished with seven points, seven assists and just one turnover.

Self said he felt awful that Garrett, a Dallas native, was not able to play on Tuesday because so many of his family members were able to make the short trip to TCU for the game.

“He was disappointed,” Self said of Garrett. “But I told him he’s got to help coach the guys, especially ’Juan, from the bench, and he did that and nobody was happier for ’Juan’s success than Marcus.”

Although the Jayhawks are hoping to have Garrett back in time for Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. tipoff with Oklahoma at Allen Fieldhouse, Self said Harris’ performance on Tuesday gave him confidence that the team would be OK either way.

“We don’t want to play without Marcus again,” Self said. “But the reality of it is, it’s not all is lost if (we) have to.”

Comments

Steve Zimmerman 1 week, 3 days ago

let's keep Juan as PG, the difference is efficiency in offense. when Marcus runs the offense, the ball is sticky and slow.

Joe Black 1 week, 2 days ago

Patrick Mahomes mother just called and said she wants you to refer to Harris as "Dajuan" not "Juan" in the future.

Dale Rogers 1 week, 3 days ago

Why was their no official review of the elbow to the head? We've been assessed Flagrant 1 in the past for similar inadvertent contact to the head.

Dale Rogers 1 week, 2 days ago

Oh, I missed that. Must have been when I took care of a nature call.

Joe Black 1 week, 2 days ago

Not only is Garrett better because he sat out Tuesday so were the Jayhawks.

I like his defense but he is not an efficient or quality point guard. He doesn't finish consistently at the basket (neither does Harris but at least he keeps the ball moving).

Dirk Medema 1 week, 2 days ago

It will be interesting to see how the team moves forward. This was proclaimed as Garrett’s team, which in the past has meant he is the starting PG and more. I think it is also what he envisions of himself in the future. As Joe said though, Harris is the more natural PG, and the O works well with him there.

The even bigger challenge could be unseating someone from the starting lineup. Does Braun come off the bench?

Chad Smith 1 week, 1 day ago

Garrett needs to be out there, no question. But I have to agree, maybe not as PG right now. His defense, leadership and experience demand that he be on the floor, but as others have pointed out, he just doesn't facilitate the offense supremely well right now. I think Braun coming off the bench isn't horrible, but glad I don't have to make the decisions about it.

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