According to head coach Bruce Weber, the Kansas State Wildcats’ men’s basketball team will be without freshman big man James Love, III for an extended period of time. Per a Wednesday morning report from Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, Love has been ruled out indefinitely as the result of a foot injury.
The Wildcats’ originally landed the talented freshman back in November 2015 as the up-and-comer ultimately elected to take his talents from Fort Lauderdale, Florida all the way to Manhattan, Kansas.
Even so, Love will likely miss his entire freshman season due to a broken foot in which he suffered during Monday’s practice. Love apparently broke his foot while stepping awkwardly on a teammate’s foot. However, it initially appeared as though Love merely sprained his ankle before further testing revealed the aforementioned break.
Standing at 6-10 and 220 pounds, the power forward will now be forced to redshirt in order to retain his four years of collegiate eligibility.
“I’m not sure he would have been a major impact guy for us, but it was great to have bodies in practice,” Weber said. “The one thing he brought every day was physicality in our scrimmages. He would have six or seven fouls, but it was a good thing. We needed that every day.”
Last season, Weber led the Wildcats to a nearly even 17-16 overall record while the program finished with a disappointing 5-13 mark in conference play. As a result, Kansas State finished in eighth-place in the Big 12 during the regular season.