Temple guard Will Cummings latest Owl to suffer an injury

Leave a comment

To say that Temple’s first season in the American Athletic Conference has been a tough one would be an understatement. Fran Dunphy’s team began the season with ten players, making it even more important for the Owls to avoid the injury bug. Unfortunately for Temple that hasn’t been the case, with multiple players having already missed games due to injury, and on Thursday night another key contributor went down.

Less than a minute into the Owls’ 82-75 loss to USF leading scorer Will Cummings hit the deck due to a hard screen set by Chris Perry, and while he was able to play much of the first half the junior guard left the game late in the first half and did not return according to Nick Menta of CSN Philly.

Cummings left the game due to concussion-like symptoms, and according to Dunphy it remains to be seen if he’ll be available for Saturday’s game against No. 24 Memphis.

Prior to the start of the second half, Temple announced Cummings has concussion-like symptoms.

“It’s concussion-like symptoms, so we’ll have to see tomorrow,” Dunphy said about a potential timetable for Cummings. “The way those things happen these days, there’s going to have to be a lot of baseline testing. And if he can perform on Saturday, we’ll see.”

Cummings’ injury left the Owls with just seven available players with forward Daniel Dingle out with a torn meniscus and fellow forward Mark Williams dealing with a sprained ankle. Already shorthanded, it’s safe to say that Temple isn’t in the best shape to take on a team with the depth and talent of Memphis with just one day to prepare.

Through 13 games Cummings is averaging 16.5 points and 4.0 assists per game, so if he were unable to go that would clearly be a significant loss for Temple. Quenton DeCosey, who scored 20 points against USF, is averaging 15.8 points per game after accounting for just under two points per contest as a freshman on last season’s senior-laden team. Already a key figure, DeCosey likely becomes even more important offensively if Cummings were forced to sit out on Saturday afternoon.

Now 0-3 in conference play and 5-8 overall, Temple can use all the help they can get on the injury front. Left with little room for error before the season even began, the Owls are in a tough spot entering a five-game stretch that consists of Memphis, two games against Cincinnati, Big 5 rival La Salle and UConn.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

Leave a comment

Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

2015 McDonald's All American Game
Leave a comment

Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.