|Carl Hall, Wichita State's leading scorer and rebounder, will miss one month with a thumb injury. (US Presswire)|
Wichita State suffered its first loss of the season last week, falling to Tennessee on the road. The Shockers will now have to bounce back without their best player.
Head coach Gregg Marshall announced Monday that Carl Hall would miss about a month with a broken right thumb. Hall will undergo surgery on Tuesday and be in a cast for a few weeks.
“You just hate the timing for Carl,” Marshall said, according to the Wichita Eagle. “He worked so hard and was playing so well. He's really been playing beautiful basketball.”
Hall, a 6-foot-8 senior forward, is averaging 13.9 points and 7.6 rebounds this season – leading the team in both categories. He has notched four double-doubles this season and is also coming off a 21-point, nine-rebound performance in the loss to Tennessee.
Wichita State has been excellent inside the arc this season, shooting nearly 54 percent on 2-pointers. Moreover, the Shockers have been very good on the glass, at both ends of the floor. Hall has been a primary reason for that success, although Cleanthony Early has also played a major role. He will have a chance to up his numbers (12.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg) in Hall's absence. Bench players Jake White and 7-footer Ehimen Orukpe will also need to step up while Hall is sidelined.
Wichita State opens conference play on Dec. 30 against Northern Iowa, and Hall could be back for the two-game swing against Illinois State and Creighton in mid-January.