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Landry Shamet and his return remain TBD

Wichita State freshman Landry Shamet played in three games, starting one, before an injury sidelined him.
Wichita State freshman Landry Shamet played in three games, starting one, before an injury sidelined him. The Wichita Eagle

This Tweet is correct, yet incomplete. Shamet, from the time he had surgery on his left foot in late November, was given a timetable of a return to basketball around mid-February.

That does not mean he will play in games in mid-February, coach Gregg Marshall said after Monday’s practice.

Shamet, a freshman guard, might suit up this season. He also might choose to save a redshirt season.

Three or four weeks out, it is difficult to know when Shamet will get healthy enough to play in a game. It is difficult to know if he will have the endurance to help the Shockers when he is cleared. It is also difficult to know if the Shockers will need him in three or four weeks.

When the time comes, as Marshall expanded on during his radio show, Shamet will make his decision based on:

▪  Is he physically ready to help the Shockers?

▪  Do the Shockers need him to make the most out of the senior seasons for Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet?

▪  Are there minutes available and how will his return affect the team’s chemistry?

▪  Does he want to swap a season for roughly six more regular-season games (if he returns on Feb. 13) and tournament play?

Shamet is out of his walking boot and doing some light running. Certainly, a healthy Shamet is talented enough to help the Shockers in the right situation. The situation, however, is at least three weeks from becoming certain.

Paul Suellentrop: 316-269-6760, @paulsuellentrop

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