Harvard big man Kenyatta Smith out indefinitely with foot injury

Sunday’s game against Holy Cross wasn’t a cakewalk for Harvard, but the Crimson pulled away down the stretch for an 82-72 win. There was some bad news after the game, though.

Head coach Tommy Amaker announced that center Kenyatta Smith is out indefinitely with a foot injury.

Smith didn’t suit up on Sunday, but Jonah Travis had a monster day as his replacement. Travis – brother of recent Stanford commit Reid Travis – had 20 points and 10 boards in just 22 minutes.

Smith started 15 games a season ago, with the 6-foot-8 big man averaging 5.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks.

Amaker has enough depth to overcome Smith’s absence, even if it is for an extended period of time (the timetable isn’t known yet). Smith brings more beef and height than Sunday’s starting tandem of Kyle Casey and Steve Moundou-Missi, who are both 6-foot-7 and 225 lbs. However, the 6-foot-6 Travis provides good depth and freshman Zena Edosomwan will be an impact player in the Ivy League. He’s 6-foot-9 and 245 lbs. of pure muscle.

The next big interior test for Harvard won’t come for a few games, when the Crimson trip to Colorado on Nov. 24. Josh Scott and Wesley Gordon could pose a problem. The current Harvard interior group should be able to handle MIT, Howard and Bryant over the next three games, although Bryant’s inside-outside duo of Alex Francis and Dyami Starks is dangerous. 

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