The Kansas State basketball team won’t have as much front-court depth as originally expected this season.
James Love, a 6-foot-11 freshman forward, broke his foot in practice on Monday and will miss the season while he recovers from the injury, K-State coach Bruce Weber said. Love will sit out the year with a redshirt and return next season.
“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 of Love. “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.”
Love signed with K-State out of American Heritage High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He played in all five of the Wildcats’ summer exhibition games, averaging two points and two rebounds.
Weber said Love broke his foot while stepping awkwardly on a teammate’s foot in practice. At first, Weber thought Love sprained his ankle, but tests revealed a broken foot.
This is the third consecutive season K-State has lost at least one forward before the first game. Senior D.J. Johnson didn’t play two years ago with a broken foot. Redshirt freshman Dante Williams and Isaiah Maurice both sat out last season. Over the summer, K-State also lost freshman guard Cartier Diarra to a knee injury, though he may recover in time to play half the season.
“We will have to deal with it,” Weber said of Love. “I feel bad for him, but it’s life. It’s basketball. It’s athletics. We just have to help him deal with it.”
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