Shawn Long hasn’t been himself yet this season.
The 6-foot-10 Louisiana star averaged 18.6 points, 10.4 boards and 2.7 blocks as a sophomore — all while shooting 42.3 percent from three — but through five games this season, the potential NBA Draft pick is not himself. He’s averaging just 9.7 points and 4.0 boards while playing just 25 minutes a night.
To make matters worse, he sat out both of the Ragin Cajuns’ games in Las Vegas last week, a trip where Bob Marlin’s club went 1-1.
“He’s had a bone bruise and tendinitis in his foot,” Marlin told the Louisiana Daily World, “and it’s really bothered his mobility, and his lateral movement has not been very good, and his explosive either.”
Marlin gave Long the two days off in Vegas and his full team a couple of days off during the Thanksgiving break, and according to the story linked above, Long practiced this week and is expected play on Wednesday.
UL needs to get their star back to 100 percent if they are going to have a shot at beating Georgia State in the Sun Belt this year.