Entering this season, many college basketball writers and members of the media have been speaking very highly of the Northeastern Huskies Men’s Basketball program’s potential this winter.
Unfortunately for head coach, Bill Coen, and the N Zone, the Huskies will start their season down two key players.
The Huskies have announced that senior guard Jonathan Lee and freshman forward Kwesi Abakah both suffered injuries this week in practice.
Lee, a Preseason All-CAA 1st Team selection earlier this month at CAA Media day, injured his foot during routine drills last Thursday and is expected to miss a maximum of six weeks to recover. Abakah, who had been reportedly bringing tons of energy and enthusiasm to practice ever since joining the Huskies program, unfortunately tore his ACL in practice before he could even dress for the team this winter. Abakah is expected to miss the entire 2012-2013 season and surgery is very likely.
Last year, Lee was the team’s leading scorer and ranked top 15 in the CAA in eight other statistical categories. He also could potentially challenge for the CAA Player of the Year award when all is said and done. During the team’s 7-game tour across Canada this summer, Abakah averaged 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 points during 14.3 minutes per game.
“I am extremely disappointed for Jon and Kwesi,” Coen told goNU.com. “They both have worked hard and were very focused on the upcoming season.”
Both the losses of Lee and Abakah are definitely detrimental to the team’s early-season cohesiveness that is widely considered an advantage over their opponents. Lee was of course penciled in as the team’s leading scorer and Abakah could have contributed a lot defensively and on the glad for this Huskies squad.
Northeastern opens the season on Nov. 9 when they welcome crosstown-rival, Boston University, to the storied Matthews Arena.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.