Bill Self isn’t sure if Kansas basketball’s Kevin McCullar will return this season

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Kansas guard Kevin McCullar, who has missed four games due to a lingering bone bruise on his knee, is in danger of missing the rest of the season, according to coach Bill Self.

At the very least, he won’t play on Tuesday against BYU, Self said postgame.

McCullar didn’t play in KU’s dominant win over Texas on Saturday, with KU guard Nick Timberlake joining the starting lineup in McCullar’s place. Timberlake scored 13 points with three rebounds in his third start in a KU uniform.

Self isn’t exactly sure when McCullar will return, referring to the injury as a “week-to-week” injury.

“My concern is: Will he play again this year?” Self said. “It’s not a day-to-day deal. It’s a week-to-week deal. He obviously won’t go on Tuesday (vs. BYU). I’m not going to put him out there because he’s missed so much time, even though you can look at games and number of games missed, but that’s not the story. The story is he played against OU and (before that) had two days of a little bit of practice and then played.

“He wasn’t effective and it didn’t feel good at all. He’s going to practice for a good week before we put him out there so that he can go and not re-injure it worse. The big thing is I’d like to have him for the postseason where he’s in rhythm and our team has a chance to be the best it can be going into the second week of March.”

McCullar is among KU’s top players, averaging a team-leading 19.0 points on 46.3% shooting while grabbing 6.4 rebounds per game. When healthy, he has started every game for the Jayhawks this year. He is an All-America candidate and NBA Draft hopeful.

Previously, McCullar had missed two games — a win over Baylor and blowout loss against Texas Tech. He returned for KU’s game against Oklahoma on Feb. 17 and apparently hurt his knee bad enough to miss Saturday’s game despite the Jayhawks not having any midweek game in their quasi-Big 12 bye.

“I’m hoping we get him back,” Self said. “But it’s not anything (where) I’m thinking it’s going to happen tomorrow or Monday. I don’t think that all.”