Kansas F Langford out 2-3 weeks after knee surgery

Updated: October 1, 2003, 8:01 PM ET

LAWRENCE, Kansas - Kansas forward Keith Langford, the Jayhawks' leading returning scorer, is out two to three weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery on Tuesday.

Langford, a preseason Wooden Award candidate, averaged 15.9 points per game last season as Kansas' third option behind Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich, who have gone to the NBA.

Langford stepped it up in the NCAA Tournament, averaging 18.2 points in six games and scoring a total of 42 points in the Jayhawks' two Final Four contests.

"Last week Keith complained of soreness is his knee," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "He had an MRI on Monday, which revealed some very slight cartilage damage. Keith, his mother and the medical staff then got together and decided to repair it now instead of having it be a nuisance throughout the season."

Kansas, which begins practice on October 18, lost to Syracuse in last season's national championship. Self is replacing Roy Williams and is counting on Langford and fellow junior Aaron Miles, the team's point guard, to be the catalysts in his first season.

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