Ben McLemore Injury: Updates on Kansas Star's Ankle

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2013

LAWRENCE, KS - JANUARY 14:  Ben McLemore #23 of the Kansas Jayhawks dives for a loose ball during the game against the Baylor Bears at Allen Fieldhouse on January 14, 2013 in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore suffered a sprained ankle Monday night and is listed as day-to-day, according to KUsports.com

Self told KU officials that Ben McLemore has a sprained ankle. Day-to-day. More coming after presser.

— KUsports.com (@KUsports) January 15, 2013

UPDATE: Thursday, January 17 at 1:11 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Matt Tait of the Lawrence Journal-World and KUSports.com reports that McLemore is getting closer to a return to the court:

#kubball coach Bill Self on Ben McLemore: "I think he's fine... He'll be close to 100% come Saturday." McLemore expected to practice today

— Matt Tait (@mctait) January 17, 2013

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Tuesday, January 15 at 6:27 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to KUSports.com reporter Gary Bedore, Bill Self isn't too concerned about McLemore's long-term status.

Self had this to say to the Journal-World:

He has been in for treatment a couple times. It’s sore, but he’s doing well. He should be a day-to-day guy (regarding practice). It’s tender. I don’t know if he’ll be able to practice (Wednesday) or not. Hopefully we’ll have him full speed by this weekend noting the McLemore should be able to play against Texas (1 p.m., in Austin) barring any reinjury.

---End of Update---

The injury occurred with less than three minutes remaining in Kansas' 61-44 win over Baylor. McLemore crumpled on the offensive end, then remained on the ground for several minutes before eventually walking to the Jayhawks locker room under his own power.

The redshirt freshman has been one of the nation's brightest stars this season. He is the Jayhawks' leading scorer, averaging 16.4 points per game thus far. McLemore is also contributing 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field.

The 6'5" guard was excellent again on Monday, going for 17 points and eight rebounds against Baylor. He shot 7-of-13 from the field and added two assists, two blocks and three steals.

McLemore's performance comes just five days after he dropped 33 points in the Jayhawks' 97-89 overtime victory against Iowa State. He hit 10-of-12 shots in that game, including all six of his three-point attempts.

Thanks to his strong play, McLemore is considered one of the top prospects for the 2013 NBA draft.

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