Forward was suspended Friday

Updated: December 16, 2003, 12:00 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Kansas senior forward Jeff Graves returned to practice Monday after being suspended indefinitely Friday for missing practice. His status for games is still in question.

Kansas coach Bill Self met with Graves and his family for an hour and 15 minutes Monday and agreed to let him come back to practice but didn't say if he would be allowed to play in games.

"Whether he plays or not will be based on his performance in practice," Self said. "He had a good day today, but we'll see if he has another good day tomorrow. Practicing doesn't guarantee him playing time."

Kansas (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) plays in a tournament in Reno, Nev., this weekend against UC Santa Barbara and then either Nevada or Alabama State.

Graves, who was not available for comment, will be allowed to accompany the team to Reno.

Guard Keith Langford said Graves apologized to the team.

"I don't think he had to. But he took it upon himself to do so," Langford said. "It was a small step, but it went a long way.

"I don't know if he has reached his potential, but we need him down the stretch."

Graves didn't play in Saturday's win over Oregon.Graves, a 6-9 senior forward, had played in the five previous Kansas games this year, averaging 3.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 15.2 minutes a game. He averaged 6.0 points and 6.8 rebounds a game in 19.9 minutes last year under former Jayhawk coach Roy Williams.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Andy Katz | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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