UT-Arlington Mavericks forward Kevin Hervey has been doing half court drills and may play in Saturday’s team scrimmage, per Scott Cross.
Hervey is recovering from a torn ACL.
Heading into the season as a junior, Hervey was selected the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Player of the Year and a first team preseason all-league selection by conference coaches. He was also named to the watch list for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award, given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Basically, a lot of high expectations are expected out of the talented forward.
As a sophomore, he started the first 16 games before being sidelined with a season-ending knee injury in late January. At the time, he was among the Sun Belt leaders in scoring (18.1 points per game) and rebounding (9.8 rpg) and his eight double-doubles ranked 26th nationally at the time of the injury.
To put how special he was before injury into context: Hervey was named to the Lou Henson award mid-season watch list, presented annually to the most outstanding mid-major player in Division I college basketball. He was also honored with multiple Sun Belt player of the week awards.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.