While he wasn’t eligible to play for Kansas this season after transferring in from Ole Miss, power forward Dwight Coleby was expected to help the Jayhawks in practices. With Kansas having three seniors in its current front court, those practices were expected to help prepare Coleby for a spot in the Jayhawks’ front court rotation in 2016-17.
Unfortunately that won’t be the case, as Kansas announced Wednesday that Coleby suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. The injury, which occurred during a team workout September 25, was of the non-contact variety according to the school.
“It was a non-contact injury that was unfortunate for him, particularly because he came here this year to practice against our guys and get better,” Kansas head coach Bill Self said Wednesday. “Even though it is a setback for him, through hard work, he’ll come back and he’ll be stronger than he ever has been by this time next year.”
Coleby averaged 5.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Ole Miss last season. Perry Ellis, Hunter Mickelson and Jamari Traylor are all seniors, with redshirt junior Landen Lucas and five-star freshmen Cheick Diallo and Carlton Bragg having eligibility remaining beyond the 2015-16 campaign.