In injury updates, top 100 freshman recruit Mike James (Louisville) is out for the season with a torn Achilles and will have surgery on Friday, and for Mississippi State Rocket Watts (Michigan State transfer, 7.7 ppg), is expected back mid-November after a summer hip procedure, and Tolu Smith (12.6 ppg, started all 30 games) is expected back late November after a foot procedure.
Earl Timberlake (Memphis) is 90% back from neck surgery, Xavier Foster (Iowa State) has not been practicing due to an unspecified health-related issue, and Liam Robbins (Vanderbilt, (Minnesota transfer) and Keon Ambrose-Hylton (Alabama) are expected back in a few weeks.
In more minor injuries, Walker Kessler (Auburn, (UNC transfer) has a minor concussion, Aljaz Kunc (Iowa State, (Washington State transfer) is dealing with back soreness
Notable names in the transfer portal included DeAnthony Tipler (Coastal Carolina, 13.4 ppg), Tipler is the biggest name in the transfer portal over the past few weeks.
Announcing transfer destinations were Alejandro Vasquez (St Bonaventure to Tarleton State).
(Injuries & Updates in the first section, Transfers down below.)
Injuries and Updates from Oct 5-7:
- Keon Ambrose-Hylton, Alabama – dislocated kneecap, out 2-3 weeks, should not miss any games
- Xavier Foster, Iowa State – has not been practicing due to a health-related issue, had previously been said to be cleared in August after foot surgery last season
- Mike James, Louisville – freshman will miss the season with a torn Achilles, will have surgery
- Walker Kessler, Auburn – has a minor concussion after getting hit in jaw
- Aljaz Kunc, Iowa State – dealing with some back soreness which has held him out of some
- KeShawn Murphy, Miss State – no timeline for return after offseason surgery
- Liam Robbins, Vanderbilt – being cautious with a foot injury that is keeping him out of practice, expected back in the next few weeks
- Adrian Rodriguez, UTSA – announces his retirement from basketball for medical reasons – 2.8 ppg
- Kristian Sjolund, Portland – UTEP transfer is eligible to play this season – 4.9 ppg
- Tolu Smith, Miss State – expected back in late-November (foot)
- Earl Timberlake, Memphis – described as 90% back from neck surgery, almost back
- UNLV – Mike Nuga, Donovan Williams, Reece Brown and David Muoka did not practice Wednesday, was said they were held out due to precaution since the team has five days in a row of practice, which is rare
- Rocket Watts, Miss State – is expected back in mid-November (hip)
Transfer Updates from Oct 5-7:
- DeAnthony Tipler, Coastal Carolina – enters the portal – 13.4 ppg
- Alejandro Vasquez, St Bonaventure – transfers to Tarleton State, had previously committed to Samford – 4.4 ppg
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