Southeast Missouri State forward Michael Porter sidelined with a broken foot

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Southeast Missouri State returns three of their five starters from last season’s 15-16 team, with guard Marland Smith and forward Tyler Stone two reason why the Redhawks were picked to finish second in the OVC West.

But Southeast Missouri State does have to address the question of who fills the role left open by the graduation of forward Leon Powell, and unfortunately for the Redhawks one of the options was hit by the injury bug again.

6-6 junior forward Michael Porter, who has struggled with injuries throughout his college career, will miss at least six weeks due to a broken foot.

The injury occurred in practice on Thursday, and for Porter it’s the second injury of the preseason as he was also dealing with a torn labrum in his hip.

“We feel bad for him, but he’s a quick healer,” head coach Dickey Nutt said to Marty Mishow of the Southeast Missourian. “He’s certainly had a lot of bad luck. It’s a shame.”

How bad has Porter’s luck been from a health standpoint? It’s almost as if Porter would have no luck if it weren’t bad in that regard:

Porter began his college career at Missouri State. He missed all but six games of his freshman season in 2009-10 due to an emergency appendectomy and a torn hamstring.

The former Sikeston High School standout was involved in a single-vehicle accident in June of 2010 that resulted in hip surgery and put his basketball career in jeopardy.

Porter decided to transfer to Southeast. It took time to recover from the hip surgery, but he eventually was able to practice with the Redhawks during the 2010-11 season although he was ineligible for games due to NCAA transfer rules.

As noted in the story Nutt was expecting Porter, who averaged 4.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game last season, to have to deal with the nagging hip issue all season long.

But if there’s a silver lining in the cloud that is his broken foot, maybe the time off allows Porter’s hip to improve as well.

As for the spot alongside Stone inside, Southeast Missouri State does have other options to call upon with sophomore Nino Johnson being the most experienced.

Wing Jacob Tolbert redshirted last season, and he’ll be joined by freshman forward/center Colin Ferguson when it comes to first-year front court players.

Southeast Missouri State plays its first exhibition on Tuesday night against Ouachita Baptist.

Photo credit: Southeast Missouri State University

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej. 

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.