Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Key Players "Banged Up" As Season Approaches

Anthony Grant gave his first press conference of the 2014-15 season today. A number of different subjects were covered, but one piece of information that stood out with the first game looming on November 10th is that three key players on the roster were mentioned as "banged up" by Grant. Cecil Hurt tweeted more details of the injuries. Retin Obasohan (ankle), Ricky Tarrant (lower leg) and Mike Kessens (sports hernia recuperation). Obviously, all three of these guys are expected to be major contributors for the team this season so losing any or all of them for an extended time could certainly hurt this team in getting off to a strong start. Hopefully Grant was correct when he said that none of the injuries are expected to be long-term.

It seems doubtful, based on Grant's comments, those three will play on Monday against Montevallo so I expect we will see all four freshmen play some heavy minutes. If Ricky and Retin are out, Justin Coleman could start at PG. As I wrote in the Montevallo preview, they are a very experienced, talented Division II team so the young guys will have to be ready to play. Grant continues to sound confident when discussing the prospects of this team and season, which is good. But this team needs to get healthy if they're going to turn things around from a season ago. An exhibition game is one thing, but the season comes fast and furious in less than two weeks, and I personally will feel better if this team is closer to 100%.  

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