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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Kansas forward Cam Martin expected to miss time with right shoulder injury

Kansas forward Cam Martin (31) gets the ball in the paint against Emporia State center Mayuom Buom (0) during the second half on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Cam Martin (31) gets the ball in the paint against Emporia State center Mayuom Buom (0) during the second half on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Kansas forward Cam Martin’s return to the basketball court after nearly two full years off will have to wait a little longer.

Martin will be out for at least the next couple of weeks because of what KU coach Bill Self called a separated shoulder.

The 6-foot-9, 230-pound super-senior was wearing a harness on his right shoulder at the team’s Ladies Night Out event on Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse as part of a name, image and likeness initiative put on by the Mass Street Collective.

When introducing Martin to the crowd of more than 400 women in attendance, Self joked that the sling was a ploy to get more attention from the Jayhawks’ guests.

But the injury was all too real for Martin, who told a couple of reporters at the event how he injured himself.

“Literally right after media day (on Tuesday), we were in the gym just warming up and I went to kind of block a little shot and I fell over (KU freshman) Ernest (Udeh Jr.) trying to catch myself," he said.

Martin said the injury occurred when he hit the ground after falling over of Udeh while trying to keep himself upright. He said he initially thought it was dislocated but that it was ruled a shoulder separation.

Martin said he and team doctors discussed surgery but that a “wait and see” approach was ruled to be the best move at this point.

“Now it’s a waiting game and hopefully, in three or four weeks, I’m good,” Martin said.

In addition to being in a fair amount of pain, Martin said he was extremely disappointed to have an injury like this occur so close to the start of the season.

“I’d waited so long to play and things were going really well,” he said. “I am pretty down, (but) I got the best news possible today from the doctor. I start treatment next week."

Martin said doctors indicated that a good goal would be for him to be back to full strength in time for the start of Big 12 Conference play.

Martin redshirted during his first season at KU in 2021-22 after transferring from Missouri Southern State and was slated to return this season as a super-senior for the 2022-23 Jayhawks. He’s one of five big men competing for playing time at the 5 for the Jayhawks during the upcoming season.

Self has said on a few occasions that all five — Martin, Udeh, KJ Adams, Zach Clemence and Zuby Ejiofor — were about equal in terms of production and performance through the preseason.

KU is slated to play host to Pitt State next Thursday in the team’s lone exhibition game of 2022 before opening the regular season on Nov. 7 against Omaha at Allen Fieldhouse.

As for Wednesday's event, for the first time in three years, the Jayhawks welcomed a group of ladies back into the Fieldhouse in person for a behind-the-scenes look at everything that goes into the program.

That included a tour of the facilities, including the KU locker room; a discussion with Self about how the team prepares for opponents; a skills clinic on the Allen Fieldhouse floor that featured Jalen Wilson leading the charge on the mic and games of "knockout" and defensive slide drills.

Both Wilson and sophomore KJ Adams said it was great to have the women back in attendance at the event after calling it off in 2020 because of COVID-19 and doing a virtual version in 2021.

Adams said he would have loved to have his mom in attendance but the scheduling did not work out. Freshman guard Gradey Dick's mom, Carmen, was in attendance, wearing a blue KU shirt that featured her son's image and name on the front.

In addition to the fun on the floor and throughout the facilities, the Jayhawks hosted a Q&A; session with the crowd, which revealed that Udeh is both the best singer and dancer on the team.

He demonstrated his chops at both, singing, "This Little Light of Mine" to the crowd, which accompanied him by clapping, and dancing to a song that Wilson pulled up on his phone.

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Comments

Dirk Medema 1 month ago

3-4 weeks would be 11/15 - 11/22 for a return. Somewhere between 2-5 games. Best case scenario is he’s back for the Duke game. Worst case scenario is missing through the ncst game.

Bryce Landon 1 month ago

Holy crap, Cam just can't catch a break, can he? Hope he gets well soon. Sounds like a freak injury like what happened to Wayne Simein when he dislocated his shoulder in that game against UMKC in January 2003.

Mallory Briggans 1 month ago

Well Utah as of last night is now 4-1 .............and Ochai still has 1 minute in playing time ..........................1

Layne Pierce 1 month ago

fAIR OR NOT That drops the race down one level There are 3 people now competing to start. I would put money on Udeh, to begin with. But as coach self pointed out, someone has to be able to score against the inside monsters 5 on 5.

RCJH

Eliott Reeder 1 month ago

What happened to Zach Clemence? He seemed poised to break out and dominate this year. Did he go on tour with with Dave Matthews Band all summer or something??? (that's a very old KU basketball reference, BTW, I wonder who remembers and can name the player, LOL)

Shannon Gustafson 1 month ago

I don't think he pulled a Chenowith. From what I've heard, the main things holding Zach back from being "that dude" down low this year is his (lack of) skills as an actual back to the basket post player, and low post defense. I don't think any of the bigs have excelled defensively down low though so it's really a matter of who's the most effective in the low post offensively. I think Cam may have been the best at that but he's no longer an option and may find time getting into the rotation after missing a month unless the others are really struggling.

Dale Rogers 1 month ago

If they are talking Martin hopefully to be back by start of conference play, that's December 31st.

Trace Stark 1 month ago

44 in your program

1 in Dave Matthews heart…

Mr Chenowith

Andy Godwin 1 month ago

How unfortunate for Mr. Martin and the team. He had waited two years to play in a Division I basketball game and is now out indefinitely. It is rarely a good sign when surgery is discussed as a potential option – “discussed surgery but that a “wait and see” approach was ruled to be the best move at this point”. One can hope he has a fast recovery and successful rehab. However, his chance of getting meaningful playing time is likely diminished given Self will have identified his 7-, 8-, 9-man rotation by the beginning of the Big 12 season. This team continues to get younger regarding options. Return players Clemence and Adams Jr. need to continue to improve and Ejiofor and Ude need to grow up fast. I still believe Clemence has a bright future. Rock Chalk.

Lee Short 1 month ago

Don't look now, but Braun just played more minutes last night than any other player on the Nuggets. 10 pts on 4/7 shooting.

https://www.espn.com/nba/boxscore/_/gameId/401468233

I told you not to look.

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