We will have a little more on basketball in the coming days, but one thing from the Red-White hoops game in Reynolds from the weekend jumps out at me:
[Fans at the Red and White game] didn’t get a chance to examine the game of slimmed-down Brandon Costner, who also is trying to bounce back after slipping last season. He was sidelined with a sprained ankle but is expected to return soon.
Point guard Farnold Degand, returning after knee surgery last year, was back wearing a brace, directing the Red team and also logging time on the wing. He didn’t seem tentative, driving hard to the basket several times. But he hit the floor with 5:15 left in the game. After a trip to the locker room, he returned to the bench and didn’t play again.
While the beginning of the season is still ten days away and the first game expected to be really tough isn’t until December 6th against Davidson, it’s unsettling to hear word of injuries already coming out of the Wolfpack camp. It seems that both Wolfpack major sports teams suffer more than their fair share of major injuries every year and that this year in basketball might be no different. The signs don’t seem encouraging, especially for those of us who hope for the team to surpass the expert prognostications. Bottom line: for NC State to have much chance at success this year, the team that will need to be healthy and running on all cylinders.
Let’s just hope that this doesn’t continue a recent trend of losing star players before the year even gets going.