Jayhawks forward Young rejects a shot by A&M Aggies guard Harris during the second half of Jayhawks' win in the quarterfinals of the NCAA men's Big 12 basketball tournament in Kansas City

Kansas forward Kevin Young out up to two weeks with a broken bone in his hand

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Kansas returns three starters from last year’s national runner-up team, but one of the returnees expected to compete for one of the other two spots will likely miss the beginning of the regular season.

Senior forward Kevin Young is expected to miss up to two weeks due to a broken bone in his hand, a timeframe that would include the Jayhawks’ regular season opener against Southeast Missouri State on November 9.

Young, in his first season at Kansas after transferring from Loyola Marymount, averaged 3.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in 38 contests (11.3 mpg) in 2011-12.

“He should be back shooting and non-contact within 10 days and hopefully back on the court within two weeks,” Self said in a statement.

Young was positioned to compete for a starting spot alongside center Jeff Withey in the Jayhawks’ frontcourt. And Self has previously said that Young’s energy had set him apart from KU’s other interior options. Now the injury leaves KU with one less veteran option to pair with Withey during the season’s opening weeks.

“I think it’s a setback for Kevin and us because he’s worked so hard and has been playing so well,” Self said.

This development makes the Jayhawks even younger in the paint, as Young, Withey  and Justin Wesley are their lone front court seniors.

Of Kansas’ nine newcomers four are forwards: Perry Ellis, Landen Lucas, Zach Peters and Jamari Traylor, with Traylor at least having the experience of being a part of the program last season (but not being able to play).

Kansas should be able to deal with Young’s absence if he can’t play in the opener against Southeast Missouri State.

Hopefully for the Jayhawks the recovery will be completed within two weeks, because after the opener they take on Michigan State at the Champions Classic in Atlanta.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej. 

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.