KU's Little will keep playing this season

LAWRENCE | Kansas junior transfer Mario Little will not apply for a medical hardship year due to injuries and will play the rest of this season.

“Mario slept on it after (Monday’s) practice and this morning informed me he feels great and definitely wants to play and help this year’s team,” KU coach Bill Self said.

Little, a 6-foot-5 guard, was voted the preseason Big 12 newcomer of the year. But a stress fracture in his lower left leg and a broken bone in his left hand kept him off the court until Jan. 3 against Tennessee. In the last three games, he has played 22 minutes and has still not made a field goal.

Despite playing three games, Little still had the option of applying for a medical hardship year and sitting out the second half of the season. He would have been a junior in eligibility again next season had he decided to take that path.

Instead, Little will suit up tonight against Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse and try to help the Jayhawks win their fifth consecutive Big 12 regular season title.