Rams’ Martin out indefinitely

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Rhode Island’s Hassan Martin is out indefinitely with a quadriceps injury, the school announced Tuesday afternoon.

“The senior forward has begun treatment and rehab with the timetable of a full recovery and return to the court,” the school said in a statement.

Martin, whose absence will begin Tuesday night with the Rams facing Old Dominion, is averaging 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this season while ranking third in the country with 3.9 blocks per game.

He has an injury history after developing a stress fracture in his right knee that cost him the end of the 2016 season.

The Rams will have a difficult time replacing his production, but with an experienced group consisting of Jared Terrell, EC Matthews, Jarvis Garrett and Kuran Iverson, they’ll likely be able to paper over his absence in the short term, though where Martin will be missed most is on the defensive end where his shot blocking is a game-changer.

Rhode Island, who many picked in the preseason to win the Atlantic 10, have dropped two-straight games, losing to Valparaiso and Providence on the road last week. After facing Old Dominion tonight, the Rams have another solid test with a road game against Houston. Following that, the next big date on Rhode Island’s schedule is Jan. 6, when they travel to Dayton.