Wichita State senior Carl Hall could play in Wednesdays game against Illinois State after being cleared to practice for the first time in four weeks, coach Gregg Marshall said on his radio show.
Hall missed seven games with a broken right thumb. He practiced on Monday. Marshall, on KNSS, 1330-AM, said if Hall can practice adequately Tuesday he would likely come off the bench on Wednesday.
He is cleared to play as tolerated, Marshall said. Now its a matter of getting him out on the court and having him catch the ball and rebound the ball. Its going to be up to him.
Hall, a 6-foot-8 forward, averages 13.9 points and a team-leading 7.6 rebounds. On Sunday, Hall participated in shooting drills before the game at Evansville and said his return this week was possible, but not certain.
Its real tender, he said. Its kind of painful shooting the ball. They dont want me to come back and try to play hurt. Ill see how the week goes.
Marshall, on his radio show, said Halls playing time will depend on how quickly he can return to playing shape.
We got some good news and we needed some good news, Marshall said. Its been a long four weeks.
The Shockers (15-2, 4-1 Missouri Valley Conference) lost for the first time with Hall out, 71-67 at Evansville. The loss dropped them out of the Associated Press Top 25, falling from No. 23 to No. 34, with six points. They are No. 30 in the USA Today coaches poll, with 19 points.
WSU plays No. 12 Creighton on Saturday at Koch Arena.