LAWRENCE — Kansas sophomore wing Brannen Greene will undergo hip surgery this week and be sidelined for at least five months, Bill Self confirmed Tuesday.
Greene, a 6-foot-7 wing, will have a procedure to repair a torn labrum and will not play in this summer’s World University Games, where Kansas will represent the United States in Gwangju, South Korea in July. Based on the recovery timeline, Greene could be slated to return to a basketball court in September, just weeks before the Jayhawks would begin practice for the 2015-16 season.
Greene averaged 5.7 points and 2.1 minutes in 15 minutes as a sophomore. He shot 42.2 percent from three-point range despite a prolonged slump over the season’s final weeks.
The Jayhawks will also be without freshman wing Svi Mykhailiuk during the World University Games. Mykhailiuk, a native of Cherkasy, Ukraine, is not allowed to compete for the United States in the international event. Incoming freshmen will be eligible to play, as long as they are enrolled in summer classes.
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Recruiting notes – Charlotte graduate transfer Michael Thorne Jr., who will visit Kansas later this month, has also scheduled a visit with Kentucky on April 24, according to Rivals.com.
Kansas target Malik Newman, a 6-foot-3 guard, likely won’t take any paid recruiting visits before selecting a school, his father, Harold Webster, told The Clarion-Ledger newspaper. Newman, a native of Jackson, Miss., is reportedly still considering Kansas, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State and North Carolina State.