According to Bill Self in media availability on Monday, forward David McCormack ‘isn’t 100% healthy’ and won’t be for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.
The two-time All-Big 12 forward had surgery on a broken bone in his foot on March 31, 2021, and was originally expected to be out for 12 weeks and return to full speed sometime during the summer. However, he hasn’t seemed like himself at times and is clearly trying to play through the pain.
“This isn’t an excuse for Dave,” Self said. “But you guys know this, David’s not 100 percent healthy and he’s not going to be 100 percent healthy all year long with his foot.”
McCormack logged 16 minutes and managed just one rebound and three points in an 80-62 loss to Kentucky. His performance, coupled with Mitch Lightfoot’s six points and seven rebounds, just wasn’t enough to help the Jayhawks keep up with the Wildcats.
Things don’t get a whole lot easier for McCormack and the Jayhawks this week either, as Iowa State is set to host KU on Tuesday, followed by a visit from the eighth-ranked Baylor Bears on Saturday.
Kansas needs McCormack to get as close to 100% for the final 10 games of the regular season. There’s a long way to go until March and a lot of basketball to be played, so buckle up and hang on.