Kansas basketball player Bobby Pettiford Jr. he persevered despite the injury

LAWRENCE – Bobby Pettiford Jr.’s frustration was understandable, especially for someone whose college basketball career was still so young.

First, Pettiford’s rookie season at Kansas ends in early February due to injury. A Jayhawks report at the time quoted head coach Bill Self as saying that Pettiford “had successful surgery to repair a core muscle in his pelvis that has been holding him back since last fall.” Pettiford, who was four to six weeks away from returning to basketball activities, watched as his teammates went on a run to win a national championship.

Then, although Pettiford said he went through summer workouts before his sophomore season, what he described as a hamstring strain came. It didn’t allow him to participate in early preseason practices like he would otherwise. It again called into question the role he could fill at Kansas.

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