Injuring your hand seems to be all the rage in college basketball. Jon Rothstein, of CBS Sports, has reported that Baylor Bears freshman, Allerik Freeman, is going to miss up to six weeks with a hand injury. An injury that really hurts the backcourt depth for the Bears.
Freeman was a top-recruit coming out of high school. He was also projected to immediately help add depth and scoring to Baylor’s backcourt. The injury, however, will put a hold on such things. Well, at least for now.
A six-foot-three shooting guard, Freeman’s absence is not nearly as horrible as one might think. Despite the issues going on with the backcourt, the Bears have one of the best frontcourts in the entire nation. With Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson both returning to the program, but players who are NBA talented, Baylor should be able to overcome the injury for the non-conference schedule.
If Baylor wants to be players in the NCAA Tournament, though, getting Freeman back in time to get him acclimated to college basketball is paramount. Still, again, even without Freeman, Baylor should be no worse than the third or fourth best team in the Big 12 as well as having enough talent to get an automatic bid to the big dance.
With Freeman, though, the potential is there for the Bears to do something special.