Lee to miss 6 to 8 weeks

Updated: November 29, 2003, 2:32 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Kansas coach Bill Self will look to go more athletic by likely starting freshman J.R. Giddens at TCU Monday after starting guard Michael Lee suffered a broken right collarbone during Friday's practice.

Lee is expected to miss the next 6 to 8 weeks because of the freak injury. Self said the best case scenario would be Lee returning for the Big 12 game at Colorado on Jan. 5.

But that means Lee will be out for key non-conference games against TCU, Stanford at the John Wooden Classic in Anaheim, Oregon in Kansas City and at Nevada in December.

"We'll miss Michael's experience and his leadership,'' Self said. "We'll certainly be more athletic with J.R. but it will hurt in those big games.''

Self could consider going with guard Jeff Hawkins or even trying forward Bryant Nash, but he said he's looking longer at Giddens. He gave the Jayhawks tons of energy off the bench in the win over Michigan State earlier this week in Lawrence. Giddens came up with a huge steal and dunk during a key stretch against the Spartans.

Lee averaged 6.5 points and 3 rebounds in two games this season. He is one of the Jayhawks' top defensive players and was supposed to be looking for his shot more often then he had thus far this season.

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