With practices starting in the next month a number of injuries were shared the start of this week, the most high-profile being Allen Flanigan of Auburn who will be out 12-14 weeks after Achilles surgery. Flanigan started all 27 games for the Tigers last season and averaged 14.3 ppg, second on the team to Sharife Cooper.
Also suffering notable injuries were Nimari Burnett, a Texas Tech transfer now at Alabama, who will miss the season due to a knee injury, Seth Towns (Ohio State, 3.8 ppg) will be out 3-4 months after back surgery, and Tolu Smith (Miss State, 12.6 ppg) had a foot procedure but may not miss much time as he will reportedly be back in November.
Announcing transfer destinations were CJ Roberts (New Mexico State to Lamar), Christian Gray (Fresno State to Cal State Northridge), and Ed Oliver-Hampton (Hampton to South Carolina State).
(Injuries & Updates in the first section, Transfers down below.)
Injuries and Updates from Sept 6-8:
- Nimari Burnett, Alabama – Texas Tech transfer has reportedly suffered a knee injury and is likely to miss the season – 5.3 ppg in 12 games last season
- Kevin Easley, Duquesne – TCU transfer receives waiver for eligibility this season – 4.5 ppg
- Allen Flanigan, Auburn – out 12-14 weeks after Achilles surgery – 14.3 ppg
- Andre Gustavson, Richmond – had groin surgery, expected to miss the start of the season – 4.4 ppg
- Meechie Johnson, Ohio State – expected to return for preseason practice (lower leg)
- Tolu Smith, Miss State – underwent a foot procedure, will begin rehab soon, hopeful November return – 12.6 ppg
- Seth Towns, Ohio State – will have back surgery, hopeful to return in 3-4 months – 3.8 ppg
Transfer Updates from Sept 6-8:
- Christian Gray, Fresno State – transfers to Cal State Northridge – 5.3 ppg, (is listed on the roster)
- Ed Oliver-Hampton, Hampton – transfers to South Carolina State – 8.3 ppg
- Bryan Penn-Johnson, LSU – transfers to East LA JC (Last Chance U) – 0.4 ppg, began career at Washington
- CJ Roberts, New Mexico State – transfers to Lamar – 6.9 ppg
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