In a rough turn of events, the Seton Hall Pirates will be without sophomore guard Aaron Cosby for 4-6 weeks due to a sprained PCL in his right knee. The injury does not require surgery.
That timetable has Cosby to return somewhere between late November and early December, ruling him out for the team’s season opener against UMKC on Nov. 9.
For the Pirates, Cosby is their most valuable player after junior Fuquan Edwin. Cosby thrived as a freshman last year, serving as a deadly three point shooting specialist. However, with the departure of Jordan Theodore, Cosby has played very well in the point guard position in the Pirates’ exhibition games in Spain.
Stepping up his place will likely be sophomore Freddie Wilson. Wilson was a candidate for the starting point guard position and is a good ball handler. Tom Maayan will also see some time.
The other issue is that the shooting guard position, Cosby’s original role, will also need to be filled. Head coach Kevin Willard may decide to use transfer Brian Oliver, although the 6’6” scoring swingman may be better suited for the small forward spot. Transfer Kyle Smyth and sophomore Haralds Karlis are sharpshooters who should also see time.
The silver lining behind Cosby’s injury is that he will be back for Big East play, barring any setbacks. The Pirates have a relatively easy non-conference schedule, so they may be able to succeed without Cosby. That enables them to not rush his recovery, although I’m sure Willard would like to have him back sooner than later.
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