With one of Memphis’ returning starting big men temporarily sidelined due to injury, another joined him Friday afternoon as first reported by L. Jason Smith of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal.
Junior forward Shaq Goodwin suffered a groin injury during practice Friday, and it remains to be seen how long head coach Josh Pastner will be without him. According to reports a good diagnosis would mean that Goodwin would miss 7-10 days of practice, but the injury could potentially cost him up to eight weeks if deemed to be severe. A positive diagnosis would give Goodwin ample time to get ready for the Tigers’ regular season opener against Wichita State on November 18.
Prior to that the Tigers will play Christian Brothers in an exhibition game on November 12.
As noted above Goodwin isn’t the only starting front court player who’s missing practice time, with sophomore Austin Nichols dealing with a sprained shoulder as well as a case of pink eye in both eyes. Both players will figure prominently in Memphis’ plans this season, even more so than they did a year ago due to the Tigers having four senior guards on that team.
With Goodwin and Nichols sidelined, newcomers such as Calvin Godfrey, Trahson Burrell and Chris Hawkins will get more reps in practice, which wouldn’t be a bad thing considering the fact that this is their first season in the Memphis program.