MORGANTOWN — Sooner or later, it’s a must to marvel if somebody made a voodoo doll of Josh Eilert after which caught a whole lot of pins in it.
Simply when the WVU males’s basketball head coach was about to play with a full roster, the Mountaineers have taken one other critical hit.
The varsity introduced Monday that senior middle Jesse Edwards will miss “roughly 4 weeks” after he fractured his proper wrist in Saturday’s 87-79 loss towards UMass.
The press launch stated Edwards can have surgical procedure on the wrist this week.
It didn’t embrace any assertion from Eilert, though none is probably going wanted at this level for anybody to grasp the frustration and disbelief he should be feeling.
Eilert did focus on the bodily play Edwards has confronted from opponents this season following the UMass sport.
“I understand how folks play Jesse Edwards, as a result of they know if he’s not within the sport, we will be crippled, so to talk,” Eilert stated. “They continued to battle and hack and hack.”
WVU had simply seen the return of guards Kerr Kriisa and Noah Farrakhan in final Saturday’s defeat. Kriisa was suspended the primary 9 video games of the season by the NCAA for accepting improper advantages whereas nonetheless enrolled at Arizona.
Farrakhan and teammate RaeQuan Battle had just lately turn into eligible by means of a authorized resolution by a federal courtroom choose.
After gaining the best to play, Battle then missed the UMass sport with the flu, however is anticipated to play Wednesday towards Radford.
WVU additionally went the primary seven video games with out ahead Akok Akok, who collapsed to the ground through the Mountaineers’ charity exhibition sport firstly of the season and wasn’t medically cleared to play once more till Dec. 6.
With these gamers all starting the method of getting settled in, the Mountaineers (4-6) could have simply misplaced their greatest participant for a month.
Edwards is averaging 14.8 factors and eight.7 rebounds per sport. He has three double-doubles on the season.
“That wrist damage scares me,” Eilert stated after the UMass sport. “We’re praying that we will get him again wholesome ahead of later.”
Eilert stated after the sport he wasn’t positive when or how the damage occurred.
The TV broadcasters first talked about Edwards’ damage early within the second half, after he appeared to hit his wrist towards the rim whereas attempting to catch a lob move for a dunk. Edwards then fell to the ground and used his hand to brace his fall.
He got here again into the sport briefly within the ultimate minutes together with his proper wrist closely taped.