Wichita State senior basketball player Demetric Williams is on crutches after surgery on his left ankle. He is expected to return to action around the start of practice in mid-October.
Williams underwent surgery last Friday to remove three loose bones, shave a bone spur and repair loose cartilage, he said. The ankle caused him pain during the season, but did not cause too much concern.
“It’s been bothering me,” he said. “It really didn’t get too serious until this summer when we were doing our workouts.”
Williams and coach Gregg Marshall expect recovery to take two months.
Williams, a guard from Las Vegas, averaged 5.5 points in 24.3 minutes a game as a junior. He started 23 games.
Sprinting back — WSU is working ahead on its men’s basketball scheduling.
The Shockers will play in the CBE Classic on Nov. 25-26, 2013 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. WSU played in the 2009 CBE, losing to Pittsburgh and defeating Iowa in Kansas City. After traveling to places such as Hawaii and Puerto Rico in recent seasons, and Cancun in November, WSU wanted to give fans a tournament closer to home.
“Kansas City gives us a fantastic opportunity to do that,” WSU associate athletic director Darron Boatright said. “The regional allure of Kansas City is something we want to take advantage of when we can.”
WSU will play two games at Koch Arena before traveling to the Sprint Center for two games. Boatright said WSU has not been informed of the rest of the field. It is guaranteed, by contract, to face four Division I opponents. In its previous appearance, the Shockers got stuck with a home game against NCAA Division II Arkansas-Monticello.
“We have the right to withdraw with no penalty,” Boatright said. “We do not expect this to be an issue.”
The CBE usually draws a strong field, with one regional team as the main draw in Kansas City. Kansas, Saint Louis, Texas A&M and Washington State will play this November. Last season, Georgia, Notre Dame, Missouri and Cal made up the field. Kansas State joined Duke, Gonzaga and Marquette in the 2010 event.
WSU also extended its contract with Tulsa for two more seasons, turning a four-game deal into six that will run through the 2015-16 season. The teams will meet this season at Koch Arena in the third year of the contract. The series moves to Tulsa in 2013-14 before alternating again.
WSU approached Tulsa last winter about the addition.
“We think it’s a good series geographically with two quality opponents,” Boatright said.