▪ Bradley guard Anthony Fields is out for the season with a torn meniscus, according to Dave Reynolds of the Peoria Journal Star. With leading scorer Warren Jones and Ka’Darryl Bell out with a suspension, Fields moved into the starting lineup, although he averaged a mere 6.6 minutes a game.
With Fields out, Reynolds reports on Twitter that freshman Donte Ingram will start at guard. Ingram averages 2.3 points and normally plays forward.
▪ Fred VanVleet struggled with his shooting for much of the non-conference season, making 36.9 percent of his shots, and fading from the national Player of the Year watch lists he populated during the summer and fall. So it’s worth mentioning that VanVleet is shooting acccurately again, while maintaining his stellar assist-to-turnover ratio.
Over his past 10 games (all in the MVC), VanVleet is shooting 49.3 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from three (11 of 26). That won’t get him back on the Wooden or Naismith award lists but his January performance is much more in line with his career stats than the previous two months.
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▪ WSU coach Gregg Marshall compared the development of centers Bush Wamukota and Ruano Nurger to former Shocker Garrett Stutz on Monday’s MVC conference call. One critical difference (besides the fact Wamukota is a junior transfer) is that WSU doesn’t need to play newcomers because the roster is in good shape.
That wasn’t the case when Stutz arrived.
“Both of them have had their moments, and I think both of them are pretty good players and will be really good players,” Marshall said. “Right out of the chute, it’s a little more difficults. (Stutz) was great as a senior. As a freshman, he struggled. But we had to play him. We had to play him a lot, because we were just trying to build it. Thank goodness we don’t have to play these guys a ton of minutes.”