Just two days ago, Bo Ryan named Josh Gasser his starting point guard for the season.
Today, he lost Gasser for the season.
The junior suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament Saturday morning, and will undergo an evaluation this week. As hopeful as the word “evaluation” sounds, the news is bad – Gasser is expected to have surgery and be on the bench for all of 2012-13. Not only will the Badgers miss his playmaking abilities, but they’ll be losing an All-Big Ten defensive player and hot hand from beyond the arc. A starter at shooting guard in the past, he was expected to make a smooth transition to the point.
Redshirt freshman George Marshall was expected to get some quality minutes in relief of Gasser, but now takes on a much larger role in the Badgers’ plans. Sophomore Traevon Jackson may be the first option to fill the void at point, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
The leading candidates to fill in at point guard are redshirt freshman guard George Marshall and sophomore Traevon Jackson.
The 5-foot-11 Marshall spent last season as the point guard on the scout team and drew raves from his teammates and the coaching staff. Marshall is quick, can score in a variety of ways and held his own defensively while being matched up against Taylor much of the time in practice last season.
The 6-2 Jackson averaged 1.1 points in 17 games last season.
It’s been a tough start for Bo Ryan’s troops. Senior forward Mike Bruesewitz is also going to miss a few games with what’s being called a “severe laceration” of his leg suffered on October 9.
Wichita State senior forward Anton Grady received some positive news on Saturday as a neurosurgeon reviewed MRI results, which are negative for spinal cord trauma.
According to a release from Wichita State, doctors believed Grady suffered a spinal cord concussion during a collision on Friday after he was taken off the floor in a stretcher and taken to a hospital in an ambulance. CT and MRI scans on Friday both turned up negative, but the news of Saturday’s results are an even more encouraging sign for Grady.
The injury for Grady occurred during a Friday loss to Alabama during the AdvoCare Invitational as the senior’s condition has improved since the collision. Grady will receive physical therapy over the next few days and doctors will check his progress before he is released from the hospital.
Grady has been alert and responsive to questions and had feeling in his extremities on Friday, but the use of his arms and legs was limited. By Saturday morning, Grady had improved the use of his extremities.
The 6-foot-8 Grady has averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds per game this season in his first season with the Shockers. The Cleveland State transfer is shooting 39 percent from the field.
Colorado sophomore forward Tory Miller has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and he also apologized for biting Air Force’s Hayden Graham earlier this week.
During Colorado’s win over Air Force on Wednesday, Miller was assessed a Flagrant 2 Dead Ball Technical Foul and ejected with 12:25 left in the second half after biting Graham during a loose ball.
In a release from the Pac-12, they announced reprimanding Miller, but he will not be suspended.
“All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12’s Standards of Conduct and Sportsman-ship,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “Regardless of Mr. Miller’s frustration and emotion, such behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”
Miller also released his apology in the same release.
“I would like to apologize for my actions during the Air Force game. I would like to apologize to Hayden Graham, Air Force, my teammates and fans. It was a heat of the moment thing. I’m an emotional player, but I let my emotions get the best of me. I will use this as a learning experience and focus on helping my teammates and respecting my opponents for the rest of the season and beyond,” Miller said.
For Miller to not be suspended for this is good news for him and Colorado since he won’t miss any additional action, but did the Pac-12 make the right decision on this?