JeQuan Lewis suffered one of the scariest college basketball injuries in recent memory on Friday night when he was pulled down to the floor and had his head whip lash against the court.
He was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion, and while he has improved, VCU head coach Shaka Smart told ESPN.com that Lewis still isn’t ready to get back out on the court.
“Not sure yet,” Smart told ESPN.com on Monday. “He still will need to be cleared [by the team’s medical staff] in order to play. It is possible.”
No. 13 VCU will play Toledo on Tuesday during the 24-hour Tip-Off Marathon.
Florida’s Dorian Finney-Smith is cleared to suit up: Finney-Smith suffered hairline fractures in the index and middle fingers on his left hand after taking a fall in Friday’s win over William & Mary, and while he sat out Saturday and Sunday’s practices with a cast protecting the injured fingers, Finney-Smith has been cleared to play.
“It’s probably going to be a month before he starts to feel a lot better,” Donovan said. The No. 7 Gators take on Miami on Monday night, but Donovan said he is “going into the game not expecting to get very much from him.”
Dez Wells’ ankle appears to be fine: Maryland’s star guard injured his ankle during Maryland’s win over Wagner on Friday, but it doesn’t appear to be that serious. He returned to the game in the second half. The injury was attributed to wear and tear by head coach Mark Turgeon.
“He’s not 100 percent because he continues to tweak it so it’s a little bit weak,” Turgeon said. “But it’s a funny thing because it like really hurt obviously when he did it, but then like two minutes later he wasn’t in any pain at all.”
Maryland plays Central Connecticut State on Monday night.