Friday, October 8, 2010

DaShonte Riley Injured, Could Miss Season


News out of Syracuse today tells us DaShonte Riley has injured his foot and it could require surgery. Earlier this week my cousin, who is currently enrolled at SU, informed me he saw Dashonte Riley on campus in a walking boot. This news confirms that tip, and Jim Boeheim has said the injury is similar to a stress fracture. Boeheim said the two options are surgery, or to wait and hope it heals on its own in time to play this season. The decision is said to come at the end of next week. No word yet on whether or not ESPN will cover the decision live.

DaShonte Riley was among the candidates to start at center on November 12th when the Orangemen basketball season tips-off against Northern Iowa. If Riley is forced to miss the entire 2010-2011 season he will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

Syracuse is left with incoming Freshman Fabricio de Melo (7'0" 265lbs) and returning starting forward Rick Jackson (6'9" 240lbs) as serious options for the center position. Also on the team is freshman Baye Moussa Keita (6'11"220lbs), however he is looked at as more of a project than a regular contributor for this season.

Everyone on the team is going to have to step up and pick up the slack in the event of a season ending foot injury to Riley. Most importantly, Fab Melo is going to have to learn to adjust to the college game that much quicker. If he can make the adjustment and learn to play at an even higher level than he has ever been exposed to, than Syracuse's season should continue on without a hitch. Melo's security cushion may have just left the building.

Forward Mookie Jones (6'6" 220lbs), one player many felt might not be able to find minutes this season, could be getting the opportunity he's been waiting for. Additionally, sophomore James Southerland (6'8" 205lbs) might find himself with increased minutes in the event of season ending surgery to Riley. Stay tuned to the Cuse Connection for more details.

photo courtesy of syracuse.com

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is it knee or foot? You stated "Everyone on the team is going to have to step up and pick up the slack in the event of a season ending knee injury to Riley."

Michael Isserlis said...

good catch. corrected. i was makin sure the readers were paying attention!