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Friday, February 25, 2022

Kansas freshman Bobby Pettiford has season-ending surgery

Kansas guard Bobby Pettiford pushes the ball up the floor during KU's 87-74 win over Michigan State on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Kansas guard Bobby Pettiford pushes the ball up the floor during KU's 87-74 win over Michigan State on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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The freshman season of Kansas point guard Bobby Pettiford is officially over because of a lingering abdominal injury.

KU coach Bill Self announced Friday that the 6-foot-1, 190-pound from Durham, North Carolina, underwent season-ending surgery on Thursday.

During the past couple of weeks, Self often said that Pettiford’s status dictated that he be used only in cases of emergency. As a result, Pettiford played a total of just eight minutes in the month of February and did not play at all in either of KU’s last two games.

Self said Thursday’s surgery was a success and that it was done to repair a core muscle in Pettiford’s pelvic area.

“In these last couple of weeks, it’s become apparent it was best to go ahead and have the surgery now,” Self said in a release announcing the surgery. “Bobby should return to basketball activities in four to six weeks.”

Pettiford played in 14 games during the 2021-22 season, including six Big 12 contests. He averaged eight minutes, 1.4 points and 0.9 assists per contest.

Although Pettiford did not play much lately, his absence puts even greater importance on starting point guard Dajuan Harris Jr., and top reserve guard Joe Yesufu. Both would figure to benefit from a return to the lineup by super-senior point guard Remy Martin, who has been out for several weeks with a bone bruise in his right knee. A timetable for Martin’s return remains up in the air, but Self has said that the Arizona State transfer who opened the season in KU’s starting lineup has practiced several times during the past week.

No. 5 Kansas (23-4, 12-2 Big 12) plays at No. 10 Baylor (23-5, 11-4) at 7 p.m. Saturday in Waco, Texas, in a clash that could have a major impact on the Big 12 title race.

Comments

Eliott Reeder 2 months, 3 weeks ago

What’s the criteria for a medical redshirt?

Armen Kurdian 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Well, this shouldn't have too much of an impact, so long as we don't lose anyone else and especially get Remy back in rotation. Bobby will be here for another couple of years, so best he gets it done now, and has as much time to heal as possible. Here's to a speedy recovery and successful surgery!

Andy Godwin 2 months, 3 weeks ago

One’s heart must go out to Bobby Pettiford. His freshman season ended before it really got started. Its ending was not as abrupt as Jalen Wilson’s freshman season when his ankle broke 27 seconds into the game against UNC Greensboro. Nevertheless, another unrealized freshman season prematurely over due to an injury. Hopefully Mr. Pettiford will come back even stronger next season, and like Mr. Wilson have a stellar career. I know coach Self thinks highly of this young man. So, Self goes from having “too many players” to two healthy point guards. This might affect his decision to play both Harris and Yesufu at the same time to avoid foul issues. Now more reason to have Mr. Remy Martin at minimum be available as a key contributor off the bench or an emergency backup if willing and able. Rock Chalk.

Dirk Medema 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Andy - Really 1&1/2 PGs. Joe is starting to learn out of necessity, but Coach has commented many times that he isn’t a PG. It would indeed be all the better to get Remy back.

Eliott - In BB, I think there’s a calendar date for redshirts; December something. Medical RS might be different, but I think that takes a special petition that evaluated. Not straight up criteria.

Rodney Crain 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Tough news. Been a lot of injuries this season, not just us.

Eric Dawson 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Sorry to read this. He is going to be a stud for Bill Self and KANSAS during his career.

Get well soon, BP!

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