Saint Louis University men’s basketball team was dealt a huge blow on Monday as they will be without guard Kwamain Mitchell for six weeks after undergoing foot surgery. Mitchell had a fracture in his left foot and will be in a cast/walking boot for six weeks.
The thing that hurts the Billikens the most is that they do not know when he will return. In a statement released by interim head coach Jim Crews, he said “Kwamain is an important part of our team.”
He would be correct! Last season, Mitchell was the second leading scorer with 12.4 points per game and led the team with 3.7 assists per game. That is a big loss because he was named a preseason first team all conference selection.
But look for the Billikens to have players ready to step in–and they do with the likes junior Jordair Jett and freshman Keith Carter. Jett is not so much a scorer, because last season he only averaged 6.5 points per game, but he is one the best defenders in the Atlantic 10 and can handle the ball when needed.
Finally, as I stated earlier, you can’t forget about the freshman guard Carter, who is out of Chicago and might be a a freshman who can make an immediate impact.
The Billikens open up the regular season with an exhibition game at the Chaifetz Arena versus Rockhurst (D-II) on Nov. 3rd. Their first regular season game is on Nov. 9 versus USC Upstate (Atlantic Sun) in the 2012 CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
Jovan Alford is a staff writer for The Sixer Sense, a writer for Buzz On Broad covering the Philadelphia 76ers and Local College Basketball, a writer for Philly Sports Nut, and is a writer for Rant Sports covering the A-10 Conference for College Basketball.
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