Kansas Jayhawks forward Landen Lucas’s sophomore season was marred by a multitude of injuries, including ones to his hip, back and knee, but those were nothing compared to the leg operation he recently underwent. Speaking to Gary Bedore of the Lawrence Journal-World, Lucas described just how intense the surgery was.
“After the season I had surgery done on my left leg. There was a small bone tumor in the shin area they had to take out,” Lucas said, the word “tumor” sounding awfully scary coming out of his mouth. “It was nothing serious. It wasn’t cancerous, but I had it from the start of the season. It’s one of those things that was growing throughout last offseason, and I noticed it around Late Night.
“I think it caused some problems. It did give me some pain. Recovery time is six to eight weeks, so we knew we had to wait until after the season to do anything about it,” Lucas explained.
As Bedore stated, the word “tumor” is scary in any circumstance, cancerous or not. In Lucas’s case, considering how he was a four-star recruit when he signed with Kansas, one can’t help but wonder if his ability to play will be affected long term, despite his insistence that everything is going to be fine.
Despite any concerns fans may have, however, Lucas is a tough young man at 6’10”, 240 pounds and he managed to play through the pain most of last year, averaging 3.5 points and 4.3 rebounds over 15.3 minutes per game. He appeared in all but four of the Jayhawks’ games.
With key players like Wayne Selden and Perry Ellis returning, not to mention the addition of five-star freshman Cheick Diallo, look for Lucas to see extended playing time in 2016 as he works his way back from an injury-riddled season.
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