I was looking at some of the other Valley schools today thinking about the upcoming season and those that think Missouri St. will finish last in the league this year better think again. It will probably be Northern Iowa instead. At the start of practice here is what they are dealing with as a team so far.
- The latest news is that Senior guard Carlton Reed who came off the bench last season playing about 11 minutes a game and chipping in about 4 points a game may have ruptured the patella tendon in his left knee during practice and could be lost for the season. He broke a bone in both feet last season which is why he was limited in games and minutes before. Crazy
The rest of the team is like an infirmary including:
- Guard Kwadzo Ahelegbe (out all last season) is still recovering from his second shoulder surgery within a year
- Jake Koch (incoming freshman) is out indefinitely after having ankle surgery in late August.
- Point Guard John Moran (incoming freshman) and Center Jordan Eglseder (leading returning scorer) each have ankle injuries and won’t practice. Moran suffered a bone bruise during a workout three weeks ago and Eglseder who has had a rash of injuries during his 2 years with the Panthers, will be held out at least until next week and longer if the pain doesn’t subside.
Then to add insult to injury:
- Sophomore Forward Lucas O’Rear (Played in 31 games last season) is out for the first three regular-season games after being suspended for fourth-degree theft
- Transfer Adam Rodenberg who transferred from UC-Irvine isn’t eligible until the end of the semester.
- The school has stopped recruiting Chicago prep Brian Conway after he and a high school teammate were arrested for holding up a couple at gunpoint near an ATM early Monday morning.
So even though the season is just getting kicked off with practice, the Panthers will be playing catchup all season to get everyone involved that they plan to use and will have an effect when they start playing games (especially for the 2 freshman and transfer) So don’t be surprised if we see UNI struggle all season. With head coach Ben Jacobson on the hot seat, this isn’t a good thing for them.