Kansas head coach Bill Self made an announcement on Friday that freshman guard Bobby Pettiford underwent season-ending surgery on Thursday.
“Bobby had successful surgery to repair a core muscle in his pelvic area that has hampered him since this past fall,” Self said to Jayhawk Slant. “In these last couple of weeks, it’s become apparent it was best to go ahead and have the surgery now. Bobby should return to basketball activities in four to six weeks.”
Pettiford originally suffered the injury in practice head of the Jayhawk’s game against UTEP on December 7. He didn’t play again until January 11th against Iowa State and played on-and-off over Kansas’ next ten games. Shutting him down and getting the surgery now is probably best for his career in the long run, as the longer that injuries linger the harder they are to come back from.
Pettiford was the 93rd-ranked recruit in the 2021 cycle and the 14th-ranked point guard in the country. The product of Durham, North Carolina has unique energy and was expected to be a contributor coming out of high school, according to 247Sports’ Eric Bossi.
“Pettiford brings the juice. He’s the guy who does have some sizzle to his game and he’s a big time athlete who really puts pressure on defenders with the way he attacks the paint. He loves to play fast and is bordering on out of control at times, but I’d much rather have a guy like him who I have to reign in a little from time to time than a guy who I have to beg to be aggressive.”