First year head coach Jeff Bower is prepared for his team to play without senior captain Adam Kemp until they find out what is bothering his right knee.
Kemp, who hurt his knee last Monday with just under four minutes left in Marist’s win against Canisius, has not seen the floor since either in practice or in a game. In his absence, the Red Foxes went 0-2 on the road at Siena and fell in overtime at Manhattan.
“His status will be updated later in the week, after he’s examined by our doctors,” Bower said of Kemp’s injury status during a MAAC conference call Tuesday. “We’re hopeful that the improvement is evident and that he’s not out for too long a period of time, but we won’t know more until later in the week.”
Over his absence true freshman Kentrall Brooks has tipped up the jump ball in each of the last two games and Bower has rotated Pieter Prinsloo, Eric Troug as well as Brooks to compensate for Kemp’s presence as a center. He also went small over the weekend against Manhattan, putting sophomore Phillip Lawrence in against the Jaspers.
“It’s something that’s been a challenge because the one element we haven’t been able to replace is Adam’s shot blocking,” Bower said. “That was something that I thought he was really doing a good job with, prior to his injury, so that’s probably an aspect that we haven’t been able to replace.”
“Our guys are battling and we’re fighting from a rebounding standpoint like we have to do. We have to share the load, gang rebound, be diligent with box outs and keep teams from getting second shots. I think in our Manhattan game, for a team that plays as physical as they do and as powerful as they are up front, it was something that I give our guys a lot of credit for filling the gap and battling like they did.”
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