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Kevin Young injury: Perry Ellis ready to step up for Kansas basketball

Kevin Young broke a bone in his shooting hand in practice and will be out for at least two weeks. With the senior out, touted freshman Perry Ellis will have to step in and play a larger role for the Jayhawks.

Ronald Martinez

With the regular season approaching, the Kansas Jayhawks suffered a setback when forward Kevin Young broke a bone in his shooting hand in practice. The senior forward is expected to miss at least the next two weeks.

But with every injury comes opportunity, and that is exactly what's in front of Perry Ellis, the highly touted freshman for the Jayhawks.

Ellis comes to Lawrence as a prolific scorer who will be asked to fill a large role immediately on a team that went to the National Championship game a year ago.

"I'm willing to do whatever they tell me," Ellis told the Wichita Eagle. "So we'll see when we start rolling. I'll sacrifice for team, whatever."

Head coach Bill Self will likely tell Ellis to start playing major minutes immediately, now that Young is out. He will miss at least the Jayhawks' two exhibitions against Emporia State and Washburn. Kansas starts its regular season on Nov. 9 against Southeast Missouri State.