As T.J. Walker scrambles through the Canadian wilderness to find better Wi-Fi, KSR’s resident basketball recruiting analyst forwarded a pair of updates from the U18 FIBA Americas Cup.
Kentucky commit Tyrese Maxey played in just 14 minutes of a 27-point blowout over Puerto Rico after spraining his right ankle in the second quarter. After the game coach Bill Self said, “Tyrese will be missed,” but did not report any structural damage. Maxey could return Friday or Saturday but they will not push him to play.
While speaking with reporters, the Kansas head coach was asked to share his thoughts about being matched-up with Kentucky in the Big XII/SEC Challenge for the third time in four years.
“That’s who we wanted to play,” Self said. “I think whenever we get an opportunity to play against them I think you should want to do it. It kinda stinks for us because it’s an away game.”
BRING IT ON, SELF!
T.J. will have more from north of the border once he rides his moose back to some internet.
UPDATE (from T.J): Bill Self didn’t rule out a return from Maxey this week, but he did sprain an ankle.
“I don’t know that it’s not good, he turned his ankle,” Self said. “Nothing structural. He’ll get treatment the next couple days and hopefully he’s good to go. We won’t push it if he’s not ready. There’s no reason to put him out there. He could be out the remainder of the tournament or he could be a guy that could play possibly Friday, Saturday.”
It’s Maxey’s right ankle. The United States has completely dominated the opposition in its first three games, so getting Maxey back isn’t a must, but Self said the USA is at its best with Maxey.
“We’re better with him in the game,” Self said. “He knows how to play and he can certainly make the game easier for others.”