OSU Hoops: Brian Williams Injured “Pretty Seriously”
Injuries were already a storyline surrounding the Oklahoma State basketball team. And concern is amplifying, with Cowboys coach Travis Ford revealing that starting swingman Brian Williams has injured his wrist and is out indefinitely.
Ford broke the news Wednesday at Big 12 Media Day inKansas City, saying Williams “is pretty seriously hurt right now… will be out for a while, and that does not help our basketball team as far as rebounding. Brian Williams was one of the more athletic players in our league – 6-5, he was playing the three-four for us. He’s out for a while. We’re not sure how long yet.”
A sophomore, Williams injured the wrist when he took a hard fall during practice earlier this week. Ford is still awaiting word on the severity of the injury.
OSU finished last season without three key injured players: center Philip Jurick (achilles), forward Jéan-Paul Olukemi and forward Le’Bryan Nash (hand). Jurick still hasn’t returned to full speed, while Olukemi is practicing, yet deals with occasional swelling.
Nash is back at 100 percent.
Williams started 20 games for the Cowboys a year ago, including all 18 Big 12 Conference games, averaging 9.6 points and 3.3 rebounds. On a team lacking size, Williams was being counted on to help even more on the boards, putting his leaping ability in play.
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