Kansas forward David McCormack has been dealing with lingering pain in his foot for the entirety of the 2021-22 season. McCormack had a procedure to repair a broken bone in his foot last March and has struggled to get back to 100% since.
A couple of weeks ago, Jayhawks head coach Bill Self said that McCormack had reaggravated his foot and would possibly see some rest during the Big 12 tournament. Now, Self has an update on the situation heading into the tournament.
“We practiced [Monday] and he participated in half-court, some,” Self said. “We’re not going to practice [Tuesday]. We’re just going to walk through and then we’ll practice tomorrow. And he’ll participate in that. So Wednesday and Thursday, those are two pretty good days. And then I wouldn’t be surprised if Friday may be limited if we’re fortunate enough to win on Thursday. But we’re certainly not going to put him out there and risk the [first round of the NCAA Tournament]. But I anticipate if we’re fortunate enough to play [Friday], him playing. I just don’t know how limited it will be.”
The Jayhawks are set to open up their Big 12 tournament on Thursday against the winner of Kansas State and West Virginia, which will be played today.
McCormack just played a career-high 36 minutes against Texas on Saturday and was named Second Team All-Big 12 for his final season with KU. He has been a key piece to Kansas’ success, averaging 10.1 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. His health will be vital to KU’s tournament run and will need to be at his best come next week.