KU’s David McCormack out for 12 weeks after surgery to repair broken bone in foot

Kansas forward David McCormack (33) turns to put up a shot in the paint over TCU center Kevin Samuel (21) during the first half on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self told the Journal-World that junior forward David McCormack had surgery Wednesday to repair a broken bone in his foot.

McCormack, who finished second on the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game this season, is expected to be out for 12 weeks and will return to basketball activities sometime this summer.

Self said McCormack played the final five games of the 2020-21 season on a sore foot and that it became evident in KU’s win over Eastern Washington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament that the injury would need further attention after the season.

That game was McCormack’s first since March 4 after he tested positive for COVID-19 before the start of the postseason. The junior from Norfolk, Va., scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench in KU’s 93-84 victory.

Despite the injury, McCormack played two days later in KU’s season-ending loss to USC in Round 2.

“Dave showed a lot of courage to even attempt to play through it against USC,” Self noted.

After a slow start to his junior campaign, McCormack finished the season as a second-team all-Big 12 honoree.

Although he tested his NBA draft stock last season before announcing his decision to return to KU, McCormack is expected to be back for his fourth year with the program in 2021-22 and still could have two seasons of eligibility left because of the additional year given to all college athletes this season because of the pandemic.

Muscadin enters transfer portal

For the third consecutive day, a member of the 2020-21 Kansas men’s basketball team added his name to the transfer portal on Wednesday.

Freshman forward Gethro Muscadin becomes the latest Jayhawk to decide to head elsewhere, joining wings Tyon Grant-Foster and Tristan Enaruna who put their names in the portal earlier this week.

“We recruited Gethro to come in and be a contributor for us over time,” Kansas coach Bill Self said in announcing Muscadin’s decision to leave on Wednesday. “He certainly got better daily during practice and was a terrific practice player. With the rules being such, with guys getting the year back, Gethro sees it’s in his best interest to look into some other opportunities and we totally support and agree with that decision.”

KU now has seen three players depart and two new players commit to the program already this offseason, with prep guard Bobby Pettiford Jr., and Missouri Southern big man Cam Martin scooping up two of the available spots in KU’s scholarship allotment.

Muscadin’s departure opens up another spot for Self and company to fill.


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