Tennessee wasn’t working with much in the way of front court depth when the season began, and then sophomore Dominic Woodson left the program last week. With this being the case, the news of freshman Jabari McGhee suffering a right foot injury in the team’s loss at NC State Wednesday night is exactly what head coach Donnie Tyndall didn’t need to hear.
Thursday afternoon the program announced via its Twitter account that McGhee, who’s currently averaging 4.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game, will miss the team’s game against Tennessee Tech as a result of the injury.
“Jabari McGhee suffered a right foot injury Wednesday at NC State,” the program stated in the tweet. “He will be unavailable for Friday’s game, will continue to be reevaluated.”
According to Ben Frederickson of the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tyndall briefly discussed McGhee’s injury following Wednesday’s game.
The specific nature of McGhee’s injury remains unknown. UT coach Donnie Tyndall said after the 67-55 loss to the Wolfpack that McGhee might have injured his fifth metatarsal. If that is the case, Tyndall said, McGhee could miss at least six weeks. McGhee left PNC Arena wearing a protective boot.
Without McGhee even more will be asked of forwards Armani Moore, the team’s leading rebounder at 6.6 rebounds per game, and Willie Carmichael III. Guard Josh Richardson, who is the team’s leading scorer, is also Tennessee’s third-leading rebounder at 4.1 rpg.