Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State mum on Evan Wessel’s basketball injury

Wichita State declined to update the injury status of junior forward Evan Wessel on Wednesday.

Wessel appeared to injure his right foot or ankle late in the first half of Tuesday’s win over Alabama at Koch Arena. He was helped off the court by trainers. He started the second half before coming out for the rest of the game.

WSU coach Gregg Marshall said Wessel was expected to see a doctor on Wednesday. Early Wednesday afternoon, Wessel’s mother wrote “No broken bones!” on her Facebook account with a photo of her son.

The Shockers leave Thursday morning for Hawaii, where they begin play in the Diamond Head Classic on Monday against Loyola Marymount. Wessel, a 6-foot-4 forward, has started all nine games for the Shockers.

“There’s not a tougher guy in this arena,” Marshall said after the game. “I thought he might have had something really serious, and it still could be. It obviously didn’t look good, so we’ll see.”

Duke transfer on notice — WSU, Kansas and Kansas State are among the schools that contacted Semi Ojeleye, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. Goodman also listed Wisconsin, SMU, Oregon, Iowa, Illinois, Creighton, California and Washington, citing an unnamed source.

Ojeleye, a 6-7 forward, is transferring from Duke after playing in six games as a sophomore this season. He averaged 3 points and 2.3 rebounds.

He is from Ottawa, where he won four state titles and was named Parade Magazine National Player of the Year and Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year in 2013.

Lehman earns post-season awards — Wichita State freshman middle blocker Abbie Lehman earned honorable mention All-American and All-Midwest Region honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Assocation.

Lehman, from Newton, averaged 2.55 kills and 0.85 blocks a set for the Shockers, who went 20-10. She earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors and a spot on the MVC’s All-Freshman team.

Kansas right-side Chelsea Albers and setter Ainise Havili and Kansas State setter Katie Brand and outside hitter Kyle Zumach also earned All-Region honors. Zumach was named Freshman of the Year.

Reach Paul Suellentrop at 316-269-6760 or psuellentrop@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @paulsuellentrop.

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